No, I have not gone barmy, it’s Mactweets time again, and MacAttack 8 is all about walking on the wild side.
Luckily, I’d remembered to make some shells before I left for holidays, and stored them in the freezer.
Pa-dah: Peacock Macarons.
What’s that? Pride comes before a fall? Why yes, I must admit that this month’s macaron shells were probably the most “un-feety” I have ever made (bar one). And I know exactly why too. Trying to be too clever, I thought perhaps a small teaspoon of cornflour added to my macaron batter might help to stabilise things a little. Apparently not. The shells hardly rose and quite a few developed cracks in the top (a first for me).
Never mind, they tasted great anyway. I flavoured the shells with garam masala because peacocks make me think of India. The filling is a quick microwave “jam” made with pear and ginger.
I used one peeled, cored and diced beurre bosc pear and roughly a full teaspoon of finely grated ginger (and accumulated ginger juices from the leftover stringy bits on the grater) plus a scant tablespoon of water. I placed these in a microwave safe jug and cooked on high for 3 minutes. I stopped the microwave after each minute to stir and test to see if the pear had softened. Once soft, I mashed everything through a sieve, and collected about ½ cup puree. I added a dash of ground ginger to this, along with 3 tablespoon of sugar and nuked in one minute burst until mixture was thick and jammy.
Elephants, ginger and pears...oh my! (always wanted to make one of these creatures. The ears are held in place with toothpicks)
The flavour combo is wonderful, it starts of sweet and spicy, then finishes with a lingering heat from the ginger. At first I didn’t think I could taste pear, but it suddenly surfaces after the ginger, long after the macaron has been eaten.
Surprisingly, this is the first time MC Senior has begged for a macaron, she usually finds them too sweet, but because she likes ginger, she really took to this one.
Check out the other wild creations over at the Mactweets site, watch out, some of them may bite ☺
(Holiday posts coming soon, I promise)