Tuesday, 13 August 2013

CHILI CHOCOLATE MACARON

This may very well be my last sweet treat post until bubba Will arrives! I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be continuing the rest of my pregnancy with gestational diabetes, and a glucose tolerance test in the next couple of weeks will confirm this. Everytime I eat something with sugar in it is hits me so hard that it's a battle for me to stay awake. But in saying that I will be hosting a 3rd birthday party and a BaByQ so I'm sure some sugar will sneak in, especially because I love am addicted to the white powder!

I made this for my husbands 30th last month, and it has taken me this long to post about it. I love the combination of chocolate and a surprise hit of chili in the back of the palette. The macaron shell is quite an easy one in comparison to some. Not too much technique, just getting your egg whites whipped to the right point, not too runny and not too stiff. weighing out all your ingredients and sifting them a couple of times. A correct oven temperature is paramount and making sure you turn the timer on is just about all the skill you need to make these beauties. This recipe makes approximately 35 macaroons



CHILI CHOCOLATE GANACHE

250 grams dark chocolate
2 vanilla beans split and scraped
3 cayenne chilies seeds removed
100 grams cream

Heat cream, vanilla and chili together until just before boiling. Take off heat, remove chili and add broken up chocolate and use a bar mix to blitz until smooth. Reserve for later.



MACARON

140 grams egg white
70 grams caster sugar
230 grams icing sugar
120 grams almond meal
2 grams salt
cocoa powder
smoked paprika

Preheat oven to 150 degrees celsius. Whip egg whites and sugar until stiff and then continue to whip for 2 minutes. Sift icing sugar and almond meal twice discarding any bits that do not pass through the sieve. Fold into egg white with a metal spoon in as little folds as possible aim for less than 20. Place mixture into piping bag and pipe onto trays lined with baking paper and bang the tray down on the bench a couple of times. Sprinkle half with cocoa powder and the other half with smoked paprika and let them sit for 10 minutes before baking them in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.



ASSEMBLY

Match up the macaron shells so that both top and bottom are even sizes. Spoon or pipe in a tablespoon of the chocolate ganache and place both halves together and enjoy!

22 comments:

  1. I'm not into chilli in main meals, but I do like the kick it gives in a sweet dish. Will pass the recipe onto my macaron loving friends x
    Fiona @ Imogen's Angels

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  2. I love chilli but hardly try it with desserts! This sounds interesting :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. It's great with chocolate, I don't know why it works but it does :D Thanks heaps for stopping by!

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  3. I have not had a chilli chocolate macaroon!! Nor have I tried making them but it looks delish.. on the menu to make for future Friday night nortiness

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    1. Nor had I until I made them :D Perfect for a friday night :D Thanks heaps for stopping by!

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  4. I'm not a fan of macarons, but I am a bit obsessed with chili combined with chocolate. I can eat this ganache with a spoon, right? ;)
    x

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    1. Oh my macaroons are one of my favourite indulgences :D But yes, eat this ganache with a spoon, spread it on a chocolate cake, chocolate biscuits, chocolate brownie, mmmmmmmm the list goes on.... oh how about filling cupcakes with a spoonful of it?

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  5. I love this combo! It sounds so odd yet the two ingredients are perfect together!

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    1. I know, I don't know what it is about the combination but it just pops! thanks heaps for stopping by!

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  6. Oh this looks awesome! I love chocolate and chilli!!!

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  7. That ganache sounds great, I've pinned it just to keep that recipe. Definitely trying that at some stage :)

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    1. The ganache is beautiful, a little surprise kick at the end! I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I think I'll have to give these a try, my husband is a big chili chocolate fan!

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    1. So am I, we used to have chili chocolate tim tams and they were my favourite, they haven't made them in years and whenever I think of chili chocolate I think of them! Maybe I need to give making them a go.....

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  9. YUM! I'll have to try these when I make macaron next. I'm obsessed with them.

    Stopp by from the Aloha Hop

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  10. Hmmm. Very interesting! I'll have to try this

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    1. It is one of those interesting combinations, one that starts a conversation :D Definitely worth a try!

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  11. A Chili Chocolate Macaron, this is fabulous and I can't wait to try these. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. They were a hit at my husbands 30th! Thanks for stopping by :D

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