Chocolate Orange Macarons

We have been busy this week creating a ‘balcony garden’. Although our flat may lack a garden we do have a lovely little balcony which we have decided to turn into a mini garden. We have planted a mini herb garden, some tomato plants, broad beans, a strawberry plant and some sunflowers. Fingers crossed they all grow well despite the absolutely torrential rain. I have to admit I do get quite excited about growing fruit and vegetables. Last year it was chillies, tomatoes, courgettes and spring onions, I hope we do just as well this year! But anyway, back to baking, today is another Macaron post following my recent blog for my Cappuccino Macaron success. You can read that blog post here. I have to admit I am rather fond of Macarons since my first success in making them, although until this year I hadn’t actually tried one before! I think my new found love of macarons deserves a trip to Paris to try the very best…. maybe! This time we have chocolate orange macarons, these are one of my favourites of the flavours I have tried so far, chocolate and orange are just the perfect partners (great in cupcakes too)!

You will need:

175g icing sugar
125g ground almonds
3 large egg whites (approx 110g)
75g caster sugar

Follow all the steps on this page for making Cappuccino Macarons, the basic macaron recipe is the same it comes from Delicious Magazine and works well!

The only difference is before you mix the dry ingredients with the whisked egg whites, fold in 1tsp orange extract and orange food colouring. I used Tangerine Sugarflair Paste, remember a little goes a long way!

To make the chocolate ganache filling:

200ml double cream
200g dark chocolate
1tsp orange extract

Heat the cream gently in a saucepan until almost boiling. Take off the heat and break the chocolate into the cream. Stir until the chocolate is melted and you have a lovely glossy chocolate ganache. Leave it to cool (in the fridge if you want to speed things up) until it reaches a spreadable consistency.

I decorated my macarons simply using some orange food colouring paste with a little water, brushed over the surface of the macarons.

Spoon the ganache into a piping bag, snip of the end and pipe onto half of the macarons. Then sandwich with the other halves.

Have a go!

Lottie xx (follow me on twitter @lotts_louise to keep up to date with my blog!)

This is entered into We Should Cocoa hosted by Laura at  How to Cook Good Food, Choclette Chocolate Log Blog and Chele at The Chocolate Teapot. The theme this month is Almond!

12 thoughts on “Chocolate Orange Macarons

  1. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    How impressive that you have entered not the challenge so soon with these beautiful looking macarons. I love the colour orange, it is my fave colour! Like your paintbrush effect macaron tops and the rich indulgent ganache centre ……..super tasty. Thank you for joining in with WeShouldCocoa this month and your obviously a bit of a macaron expert by the look of these beauties!!

  2. Aveen

    Your balcony garden sounds fab, would love to see some photos! Your macarons look perfect, and choc orange is such a classic combination.

  3. Choclette

    These look superb, I love the contrast in colours and I bet they taste great with the orange and chocolate. Love macaroons too, though mine have never looked as polished as yours. Thanks for joining in with WSC.

    I’m impressed with how much you are growing on your balcony and I bety ou don’t get the slug problems we have down at our plot!

    1. Lottie Post author

      Thanks Choclette. I love chocolate and orange! My balcony garden is doing very well, and no slugs is definitely a bonus!


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