Thursday, December 1, 2011
Festive Macaron Rocky Road - or things to do with failed macarons
Yeah well this is one of those things that I thought of after a minor baking mishap.
I have been trying to work out a new recipe for chocolate macarons that is a bit more stable, I can't get the chocolate I used to use and so now sometimes the tops of the macarons go a little bit wrinkly.
And that makes me a little bit sad.
But only just a little bit sad because I am going to share something with you all about macarons. They don't have to be perfect (well unless your selling them to people then they should be). If you bake up a batch and you, your friends or family think they taste good I say that's a success whether they have perfect 'feet' or shiny even flat tops or not.
Anyway totally disregarding that little gem of wisdom I have just shared I was looking at my wrinkly macarons thinking hmmm, you know I wonder what I could do with all these not completely perfect macarons.
So this is what I came up with.
Rocky Road is so easy that the kids can help you make it, and don't despair if you don't happen to have any macarons sitting around I do have a macaron free version in my newly released cookbook Sweets on a Stick which is available here at Amazon.
Or the book depository (Click HERE)
Or here at fishpond (Aus/NZ)
Festive Macaron Rocky Road - makes around 30 large pieces
350g (12.2 oz) melted white chocolate - I melt mine in the microwave on 50% heat for burst of 90 sec
150g (5.3oz)white marshmallow cut into pieces with kitchen scissors
1/2 cup pistachio nuts unsalted, shelled
2/3 cup dried cranberries
150g (5.3 oz) green macarons (unfilled or filled)
Line a 20cm square tin (8") with tin foil.
In a large bowl mix the melted white chocolate, marshmallows, pistachio nuts and dried cranberries until evenly coated. Add the macarons and carefully mix in.
Spread into the prepared tins and leave until set. Once set turn out of the tray, remove the tin foil and use a sharp clean knife to cut into pieces.
Update - in my rush to share this great idea with you I missed saying that I did this up with MacTweets in mind, I have missed contributing to the month macaron MacTweets challenge quite a bit lately but with challenge Mac Attack #25 Seasons & Holidays Macarons was one not to be missed.
You should pop over to the site and check all the other lovely Mactweeters contributions to Challenge #25 in the new year.