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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cocoa Dark Chocolate Macaroons.....with no feet?


Despite the missing "feet"(the ruffled bottoms) these Classic French Macaroons tasted delectable,were still chewy and brittle in texture.Over half a dozen attempts,I couldn't figure out the reason why the bottoms did not develop each time as it were supposed to, in spite of taking all the care and caution as recommended by the expert bakers.May be its just a matter of practice,hopefully I'll have good macaroon days in the future.

I tried flavoring them with saffron,instant coffee but my favorite has to be the cocoa.There is a subtle difference between cocoa and chocolate.I use 100 % cocoa for the sandwiches and the filling is just Dark chocolate.


The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.


Macarons, from Claudia Flemming' The Last Course: The Desserts Of Gramercy Tavern.

Confectioners’ (Icing) sugar: 2 ¼ cups (225 g, 8 oz.)
Almond flour: 2 cups (190 g, 6.7 oz.)
Granulated sugar: 2 tablespoons (25 g , .88 oz.)
Egg whites: 5 (Have at room temperature)

3 tablespoon of Dutch processed Cocoa powder for flavoring.Use any other dry powders like crushed saffron,Instant coffee,macha tea or lavender.

Preheat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Combine the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour in a medium bowl. If grinding your own nuts, combine nuts and a cup of confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a food processor and grind until nuts are very fine and powdery.
Beat the egg whites in the clean dry bowl of a stand mixer until they hold soft peaks. Slowly add the granulated sugar and beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks.
Sift a third of the almond flour mixture into the meringue and fold gently to combine. If you are planning on adding zest or other flavorings to the batter, now is the time.I added the coco powder. Sift in the remaining almond flour in two batches. Be gentle! Don’t overfold, but fully incorporate your ingredients.
Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain half-inch tip (Ateco #806). You can also use a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off. It’s easiest to fill your bag if you stand it up in a tall glass and fold the top down before spooning in the batter.
Pipe one-inch-sized (2.5 cm) mounds of batter onto baking sheets lined with nonstick liners (or parchment paper).
Bake the macaroon for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and raise the temperature to 375°F (190°C). Once the oven is up to temperature, put the pans back in the oven and bake for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, or lightly colored.
Cool on a rack before filling.

Dark chocolate Filling
1 cup dark chocolate ,chopped

Melt the chocolate over double broiler,fill about a teaspoon between each of the cookies.



Peek in some of the perfect looking macaroons at the Daring Bakers Blog roll.

42 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Great job! Your macarons look lovely and delicious, with or wihout feet!

Cheers,

Rosa

kristenly said...

i agree. beautiful even without feet! well done.

Shri said...

All that matters is how they taste and hey they look just divine!

umm muhammad said...

those look too good!

5 Star Foodie said...

The macaroons look excellent!

Simmi said...

Such a delicious looking cookie...all the chocolate is tempting me even more.

Spice said...

To me they look perfect.....delicios.......beautiful, so chocolaty....yum

Spice said...

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Sarah Naveen said...

Excellent!!! Looks so tempting!!!

Rachel said...

Feet or no feet, they look delicious and yes I did have a sugar overdose :)

Sanghi said...

Wow.. yum yum macarons dear!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wo,look so kewl! nice entry for the challenge!

Parita said...

With or without feet your macs look delectable!

notyet100 said...

i guess Advay gonna love these,..;-),...

Prathibha said...

They came out great..looks yummy

rekhas kitchen said...

excellent they looks so beautiful.Great job dear

sangeeta said...

they look so good even this way...

Arabic Bites said...

Stunning photos Yasmeen ....
The macarons looks so beautiful with or wihout feet :D
and chocolate filling...Ohhh I cannot find the words when it come to chocolate ;)

Perfect job :)

MeetaK said...

They still look great Yasmeen! well done on trying these out!

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely macaroons..nice presentataion

Kanchan said...

The macaroons look perfect and as usual your snaps and presentation is Awesome !

BTW Congrats dear!! I have shared “The Presentation Award” with your wonderfully presented blog, Please drop by my blog to collect it!

Curry Leaf said...

Great Job Yasmeen,I do not care for the ruffles.Everything is perfect here.

Organic said...

Amazing dark color ,love these.I got the coupons.Thanks!

Jessica said...

The oozing chocolate is calling my name =)

Rahin said...

yum ! yasmeen the macaroons look delicious

vidhas said...

Looks Yum!! Pictures are so tempting Yasmeen. Collect your awards from my blog.

Cinemellow said...

Wowie what chocolatey goodness!

Cham said...

Even without feet, this macarons look so beautiful!

Renu said...

excellent.....

Ivy said...

Feet or no feet they look delicious. You did a great job Yasmeen.

Superchef said...

ooohh my!! those look great!!

mona said...

OMG Yasmeen, those look fantastic! Great job, and very good clicks!

Soma said...

Feet or no feet, they look yummy good! Wish I could taste some of the macarons floating around!

Chef Jeena said...

Your macaroons look amazing Yasmeen and I bet they were so chocolatey YUM!

SE(Denufood) said...

these are looking so good....

sumanam said...

yasmeen, it's wonderful feet or no feet.. you will get your feet next time, don't worry. It took me 5 attempts to get mine..

Bharti said...

I'm not really a macaroon fan but these look really enticing.

Kerstin said...

They look perfect to me! And so decadent with that dark chocolate filling!

Malar Gandhi said...

Pretty impressive work, buddy. No worries you'll get it...

These look yummy, taste is important.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

They are yumm..............

Gulmohar said...

That looks awesome..

Cristie said...

Your Mac's look deliciou. I just made three batches with no FEET either! Love your info on chocolate.

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