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
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!)