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Gourmet French Macarons Book Giveaway
The lovely and talented Mindy Cone of Creative Juice wrote a book all about french macarons and it’s FABULOUS! This week, I’m giving away a copy of her book to one lucky A to Zebra Celebrations reader!
Gourmet French Macarons by Mindy Cone is a unique and creative spin on a classic French cookie. There are over 75 designs to make your French macarons delicious and adorable for any holiday, season, or life celebration. The book is filled with over 75 flavorful filling recipes and there is a CD included with the book that has printable templates to make piping circles or unique shapes so much easier! Using this book you are no longer confined to the conventional circular shape! You can make apples, pumpkins, ghosts, trees, flowers, animals, cupcakes, and many other shapes to fit each season, holiday, or life celebration.
Aren’t these Frankenstein macarons just adorable?! And they’re perfect for your next Halloween event!
The entire book was written and photographed by Mindy Cone.
Mindy is an entertaining, food, and party stylist on the blog Creative Juice. She writes about how to entertain your guests and kids with style and creativity! She shares diy tutorials, recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas to make your next event detailed, personalized, and of course creative!
Before we get to the giveaway, we’re sharing an awesome recipe that’s modified from the book!
Chocolate French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling
Chocolate French Macarons
MAKES: about 4 dozen 1.5 in. shells (two dozen sandwiched macaron cookies)
- 100g of egg whites aged at room temperature
- Pinch of Cream of tartar
- 35g of superfine sugar
- 110g of Almond flour
- 200g of Powdered Sugar
- 10g cocoa powder
1.) Measure out all ingredients using a gram scale
2.) Prepare the baking sheets by lining them with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Slide a printed 1 ½ inch template sheet (click here for a FREE one) underneath and set aside. Prepare piping bag to be filled and set aside.
3.) Sift powdered sugar, almond mixture, and cocoa powder together two or three times through a sieve and set aside.
4.) Place the egg whites in a large bowl or in stand mixer with wire whisk attachment. Whisk on low until egg whites become foamy. Add the pinch of cream of tartar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the superfine sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides with a spatula.
5.) Turn your mixer on medium-high and continue to whisk until you reach a stiff meringue. If adding liquid or gel food dye, do so toward the end of whisking.
6.) Sift 1/3 of the almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder mixture through the sieve and into the meringue. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, the batter will be thick and have a dull shine. Continue to fold. As you do so, the batter will loosen. Stop folding when the batter has a glossy sheen, a “lava-like” consistency, and falls in a ribbon like manner off the spatula.
7.) Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a round tip and pipe 1½ inch rounds on the parchment paper following the template.
8.) When all of the rounds are piped on the parchment, rap the sheet pans evenly on work surface a few times. Remove templates from below your parchment paper carefully. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-40 minutes.
9.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes rotating the pan half way through.
10.) Remove from oven and allow to cool.
11.) Match up similar size shells into pairs and sandwich with filling.
Chocolate Ganache Filling
- 100 g (3.5 oz) chocolate *
- 1½ Tbsp. heavy cream
1.) Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
2.) Boil cream and pour over chocolate.
3.) Stir until all the chocolate has melted and texture is smooth.**
4.) When warm, pipe onto macaron shells.
*I prefer to use the mini chocolate chips when possible to speed up the process.
** If the cream is not able to melt all the chocolate, place bowl in microwave. Heat for 20 seconds on low power. Remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is fully melted.
Don’t they look so delicious?! YUMMM!
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