This month’s Mactweets is all about the flavours of fall. For me, fall is actually autumn and doesn’t really include all the pumpkiny flavours of North America, even though I have been here 10 years now (though you will see I have made a valiant attempt to learn to love the pumpkin in my next Project Food Blog challenge, going up on Sunday – baking with pumpkin).
My birthday when I was growing up was in the autumn and I was always cross that it was “cold”. Well “cold” is a relative term since now I live in Canada, and have truly experienced the cold ;-) One of my favourite things about the cooler climate I find myself in now is that feeling you get when you come inside from the cold to warm up. You know, like after 30 minutes supervising lunch recess where you’re basically standing still and the boys are running around like crazies shouting “I’m not cold!” as you do. On days like that I love to come inside and warm up with a steaming hot chocolate and, if I am feeling really decadent, some mini marshmallows. Which inspired dark chocolate macarons with marshmallow frosting. I used my standard recipe that you can find here with 25 g of cocoa added.
I made the macs on a whim, fully expecting them to not work because as we all know, they are so unpredictable. However, weather and humidity were on my side this month and I did a little happy dance when I peeked in the oven to see FEET!
I found this marshmallow frosting on Smitten Kitchen and knew it would be perfect…
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Combine frosting ingredients with a pinch of salt in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water and beat with a handheld electric mixer at high speed until frosting is thick and fluffy, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and continue to beat until slightly cooled. Use frosting the day it is made.
These were, according to Neil, “the best macarons in a long time” and I have to say I agree. The feet, the sheen, the taste and the texture were all spot on. Enfin!
Yes, I am thrilled to announce I have made it to Round 8 of Project Food Blog. I am one of 24 people left from an original 600 contestants. Thank you all for reading and voting (and watching my video!) – my next post (getting creative with baked goods featuring pumpkin) will be up on Sunday.