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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Chilli Chocolate Love Macarons!

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Love is in the air as the theme for this month's Mac Tweets challenge is to make Valentine macarons, as V-Day is almost upon us!
I chose to make chocolate macs. Chocolate? Yep - check out my 'chocolate law' which you should abide by on 'that' day! These little macs are filled with chilli chocolate ganache, and dusted with edible fairy hearts.

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Resting macarons

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Baked macarons

Chocolate Macarons with Chilli Chocolate Ganache
This recipe uses 1 egg white and makes about 14 halves, 1½" across.

42g ground almonds
75g icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
38g egg white (roughly 1 large egg white, which you can 'age' overnight if you prefer)
10g granulated sugar
pinch of salt

60ml double cream
60g chilli chocolate - I used Lindt
Little edible hearts to decorate

Mix the ground almonds, icing sugar and cocoa powder together in a bowl and put to one side.

In a large clean, dry bowl, whip the egg white with a pinch of salt until it becomes foamy and stiff. Gradually add the granulated sugar, whisking well after each addition, until the mixture is stiff and shiny.

Gently fold in the almond mixture using a large spoon or spatula, until incorporated. The mixture should be shiny and firm, but with a bit of 'flow' to it. Don't over-mix it or it will be too runny.

Fill a piping bag with a 1cm round tip and pipe the mixture onto Silpat or baking parchment - you can put a circle template underneath your Silpat or parchment paper as a piping guide. Tap the sheets gently to remove air bubbles. Leave to dry at room temperature for about an hour or so before baking.

Bake in a preheated oven, 160º/325F for about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on their size.

Remove from the oven and leave to go cold. Peel off the Silpat or baking parchment.

Melt the chocolate and leave to cool a bit. Whip the cream until stiff and gently whip in the cooled chocolate. Pipe or spoon onto one half of the macarons, and top with the other half. Spoon the edible hearts onto the cream and serve.

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Don't forget to look at all the other macarons that have been made this month by heading over to the Mac Tweet blog!

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Hearts & Chocolate on Cherrapeño:
Chocolate Hearts
Chocolate Ginger Biscuits/Cookies

Other Macarons on Cherrapeño:
Banoffee Macarons
Christmas Macarons (Cranberry & Pistachio with White Chocolate & Vanilla Cream)
Chocolate Macarons with Caramel Cream
Coffee Macarons with Nutella Cream

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aforkfulofspaghetti said...

For a moment, I thought the hearts were shaped from chilli flakes!

Beautiful macarons, Nic, and love the decoration. Chilli + chocolate = macarons with lovebites!

Jamie said...

Oh Nic they are GORGEOUS!!! Not only perfect macs but the hearts are so perfect! Lovely! Man you have so perfected the macaron! And I agree that Valentine's Day just screams for chcolate! Thanks for baking these beauties for Mactweets! ((hug))

Deeba PAB said...

"Chocolate Law"??? Woot ... look at those smart feet lady! Love those macarons, love the filling & love those teeny hearts....
Thanks for joining us and spreading the mac-a-choclat l♥v!!

Finla said...

Wowo as always you have perfect feet, next time i am trying this recipe, as my hubby is not that found of Macs and with this there are only few :-)
Love the idea you used whillie chocolate.

Clara said...

i love the teenie hearts! and chilli as an aphrodisiac, ingenious! good job =)

Unknown said...

Those little hearts are gorgeous! Mine are chocolate too this month and I actually got feet finally so can dare to go forward and try more adventurous flavours at last!

Need to go and take pictures of mine now and post quick!

Libbs said...

Those are beautiful!
I love them!

grace said...

i'm a huge fan of the chocolate-chili combination...and of those itty-bitty hearts. :)

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Where did you get the tiny heart from - they are really cute!s

diva said...

I thought those were chili flakes but they turned out to be your fairy heart on a closer look!! OH SO BEAUTIFUL NIC. :) Happy Vday

Nic said...

Thanks Guys!
Imagine if those hearts were chilli flakes? LOL!!!!!

Beth - you can get the edible hearts in Hobbycraft or Lakeland.

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Your macarons are gorgeous! I love the little hearts! Chocolate and chilli are a winning combo! :)

Lisa said...

OMG, beautiful macs and photos and the chocolate and chili flavor sounds wonderful. Amazing, amazing job!

Unknown said...

Such perfect little bites. One day I'll muster up the courage to try making macaroons!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

They sound delicious Nic!!!!!

Jan said...

Wow they look amazing Nic!

Maria♥ said...

Oh wow these look and sound heavenly and I adore the tiny red hearts.

You have an award waiting for you at my blog.


Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Waw,...your macarons look grand & so festive too,...

Anonymous said...

Beautifully decadent!

Half Baked said...

Beautiful macarons! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Choclette said...

These are real stars, they look so good and I love the chilli twist of course.

Anonymous said...

wow they're so beautiful! especially that first photo

Cristie said...

What a beautiful mac with a fun and different flavor! Your picture with the tiny hearts is just stunning.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

nic i missed these!! but chili and chocolate rock - these look lovely!

Jeanne said...

Good heavens - you are a macaron machine! That Lindt chocolate is lovely enough straight from the wrapper and I imagine it would make awesome macarons. Gorgeous!

Lisa said...

Could these sound any better? Or be any more beautiful? Amazing!