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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finally Macarons with Feet



Frustrating ,isn't it?
When you buy the best of books and watch the videos even more avidly than you care to acknowledge.
And try again and again.
And then they don't have feet.
I'm going on and on about them dainty little macarons.
That pleasure , when I saw those crinkly feet...
Oh yes, that happened to me at home. I finally managed to get them feet.
I've tried macarons before and they were iffy.
Once the entire lot burnt out, then once they just did'nt get off the parchment...
Then once they ran off and became unrecognizable shapes....
I have never known so much frustration.
And have never stomped my feet on taking something out off the oven.
Oh, and sweet dog Romeo...he left them untouched a few times...
And every time I had one from a patisserie ,I almost cried.
I just had to get them right.
So finally , I gave in and took instructions from the two chefs at Wisk by Cakesmiths  at Kalaghoda, Mumbai.

And get them right. Filling and all. So despite all the books I read, or youtube videos I watched (I attended a demo once too) , I needed that nudge in the right direction. And now they are so easy.
So I'll put all the instructions in, but just in case you don't get it right the first time...you know practise is the answer.
And these are French Macarons.
Italian Macarons are made with a sugar syrup. And we'll do those too.
And before you consider making macarons, you need to invest in a weighing scale and a box of parchment paper or silipat sheet. And an electric whisk.
This recipe will make about 50 macarons of 1 1/2 inch. You may halve the recipe the first time to try it out.

for the

French Macarons

you need

110 gms almond flour
110 gms icing or confectioners sugar
2 gms cream of tartare
78 gms egg whites left at room temperature at least an hour
100 gms caster sugar
2 pinches salt
food colour of your choice, pearl / lustre dust optional


Start by weighing out the ingredients. Absolutely accurately.
Place the egg whites in a squeaky clean bowl covered for atleast an ourto age them.
Place the almond meal and icing sugar in a mixie jar and run to grind out as fine as possible.
Then sift out onto a sheet of paper. Whatever the dregs are left of almond meal, if they areless than a spoon full, throw them out or eat them. if its more, grind it again. Almonds are expensive...

Start beating the egg whites on low speed. Once they become frothy, start adding the caster sugar a spoon at a time. Increasethe speed of the mixer to medium.
Once only a spoon of the sugar is left, add in the cream of tartare and salt too.
Now turn the speed of your mixer to high and beat , scraping the sides for approximately 10 minutes. You'll know when its done when you turn the bowl upside down and the egg whites stay in the bowl.
Now put two drops of GEL food colour in the egg whites and whisk 15 seconds.
Remove the whisk and pop in half the almond mix in. Use a spatula and mix it in counting strokes. Move the bowl and cut and fold the almonds into the egg whites.
The max number of strokes must be 45.
When you lift the spatula, your batter must fall in ribbons by now and disappear into the batter in 10 seconds. This process is called Macaronnage.
Check out the post on my experience in Wisk for more detailed pictures. I was making these alone, so I couldnt take pictures.
Now fill a disposable  piping bag with a third of the batter. Snip off the end to bet a hole 1/3 inch wide.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
Now with the bag at 90degrees to the parchment paper, push some batter out to form a circle an inch wide.
Next macaron atleast two inches away and repeat.
Fill the bag again and repeat.
Lift the cookie sheet 6 inches above the shelf and drop gently onto the shelf to let the air bubbles escape. do this three times.
You can try out whatever rapping way you want.
Sprinkle dust over right now.

And forget about them for two three hours. Leave under the fan , or in an air conditioned room so that a film forms. When you touch them, the batter must stay on the macaron.
Now turn the oven and preheat to 150C.
Place  tray in the center of the oven... 8- 10 minutes ...maybe 12 minutes. The macaron will not be sticky to the touch and will come off the paper.
Cool and fill with buttercream.

This was plain buttercream frosting and some sprinkles in honour of the 70th Indian Independence day.



















Layered and served with a cup of coffee,















Pretty??
The thrill of seeing the feet was awesome. And remember ,I made them in superbly high humidity. So when you make these... dont bother about storing them. Macaronnage, pipe , bake , fill ,eat repeat.


Like this .




Try these out. And if youre in 

Mumbai, check out the websites.

So what are you baking today???

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A bite of Good health

It's  a crazy world out there. I get on the treadmill every morning( well almost) and burn off so much of that freak shake I just sipped at last night , and I wonder why my clothes are still tight.
And then I check my Instagram feed and begin drooling over the amazing desserts. And then someone I know is indulging in a artery clogging , transfer laden snack and telling the world about it.
I swear , sometimes this jealousy of watching someone eat a forbidden morsel can make you gain every ounce you have painfully lost.
And right then, more options arrive at my doorstep.
Food.
Snack food.
More reasons to cheat on my get fit plan??
No, these little containers are small enough to fit into your laptop bag ,and they promise tonnes of goodness.
Absolutely all good fat , fibre, nutrients and essentially that chatpata spicy  taste that we always look for when that 4pm hunger strikes. Sunflower Seeds , Roasted Quinoa , flax seeds ...thats all there.
 Every bit unprocessed, fat free and with a tatse and health quotient even your granny would appreciate.
Check out the myriad options in dried fruit and nuts and protien snacks available on True Elements .

The most attractive feature, quick delivery . Snacking nees not be a guilty indulgence.
From this website ,I found a link to  Healthy World , website that retails gourmet products, promises excellent quality and delivers fast.
I'm so rooting for the steel cut oats. Ive been meaning to make oats in my slow cooker for the longest time. But that option needs steel cut oats. So ,thats up on the blog soon.
Almost all international brands are available at extremely good deals... just waiting for a signal from your wrist.

So what are you waiting for???


Until the next

Until the next

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