Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chocolate Macarons w/ Chocolate Orange Buttercream


I made a small test batch of chocolate macarons using the recipe from the Chinese version of "I love Macarons" by Hisako Ogita which i bought when i was in Taiwan a few weeks back since the English version hasn't been released yet. The author teaches the usual 2 methods of making macarons, the french meringue method & the italian meringue method. The italian meringue method, instead of cooking the syrup on stove, she cooked it in microwave and teaches you how to test for soft-ball stage. The book also has step-by-step photos of how to fold in the meringue.

I decided to try her french meringue method since her recipe uses only 1 egg white (ie approximately 50g), so even if i fail, there is less wastage. What i like about this book is that the ingredients changes are listed next to each flavored macaron. In other words, recipes are short & simple, with straight forward instructions.

Since i am not used to making macarons in such small quantity, i think i over-beat the eggwhite..:p! I think that's why my chocolate macarons above doesn't have the high "feet" and those around the edge of the pan have cracked shells. :P But i have to admit that this is the first time i made macarons so quickly in less than an hour! LOL!

Chocolate Orange Buttercream made from the leftover orange buttercream i had in the fridge. I just add melted chocolate to it and voila, chocolate orange buttercream and i must say it tastes delicious together with the chocolate macaron shells! :D This is the first time i actually like chocolate buttercream! Even though my macarons didn't look so pretty this time, at least they do taste yummy!


7 comments:

Pete on October 30, 2009 at 2:47 PM said...

Yum, yum, I love buttercream! This looks nice!

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter on October 30, 2009 at 10:34 PM said...

Ooh, I saw that book and was wondering about it! Chocolate orange buttercream is a great combination too. :-)

Rylan @ Art and Appetite on October 31, 2009 at 10:19 AM said...

Ohhhhhhh YUM YUM! I want a bite so bad.

Rebecca on November 2, 2009 at 6:02 PM said...

Faithy, you did a great job on those figures! I'm very impressed! And your picture of the cut slice looks divine.. i want a piece!

anitsirK on November 3, 2009 at 11:37 AM said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Your figures are so cute. :)

Vicki on November 4, 2009 at 5:01 AM said...

Faithy, this is fantastic!
Congrat's on your anniversary.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake on November 5, 2009 at 10:17 PM said...

Well done, these look great! My first attempt worked but the second ones didn't have feet. I love orange with chocolate, one of my favourites.

 

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