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Magical Macarons

I have always dreamt of baking these delights but it seemed too tricky, too out of reach. I researched a lot to find the perfect recipe and…. wha-la, these ones are a beauty. In geography we had to create a stall for a country which Australia give’s aid to, so obviously susie and I were really excited because we could bake things for the stall ๐Ÿ™‚ We chose the beautiful country of Vanuatu.IMG_7002

^heres our stall, do you like? We made magical macaroons, mini cupcakes and mocktails, The 3 M’s ๐Ÿ™‚ Everyone lapped it up and we made $234 dollars ๐Ÿ™‚ which all went to children in Vanuatu. We even won the prize for the most creative store so we were super pleased ๐Ÿ˜€

Susie and I went shopping on Sunday and we baked all day long. Such fun! My favourite type of day ๐Ÿ™‚ We kept getting dirty looks from people all around us because our trolly was so unhealthy and so choc-a-block!

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Susie and I have a created a special sunday tradition of bear foot baking ๐Ÿ™‚ love it!

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The main and the most exciting ingredient is the almond meal. it just gives the mac’s such an amazing texture.

First you have to mix the icing sugar and almond meal. Sifting for a soft texture.

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Then in a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until thick and glossy and add the sugar one table spoon at a time ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then fold the dry mix carefully into the meringue with a spatula. Now its time to add in the food colouring ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finally pipe the macaroons onto a baking tray and let them set for 1 hour! Don’t forget to keep an eye on them! If they don’t set for the full hour they will flop! Trust me I have first hand knowledge of the potential failures ๐Ÿ˜‰

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celcius and bake for around 10 minutes

When the macarons are done baking let cool completely and fill with buttercream or any other desired filling! Mix all butter cream ingredients in a mixmaster and wha la! The macarons are done.

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Ingredients:

Macaroons

  • 100 gramsย almond flour/meal
  • 100-110 grams egg whites (about 3 egg whites)
  • 200 grams icingย sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons sugar

Butter cream filling

  • 250g icing sugar, sifted
  • 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 25ml whole milk
  • A couple of drops of vanilla extract

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We also made cupcakes and dressed up our bakes with the flavour and colours of tropical, French Island Vanuatu ๐Ÿ™‚ enjoy your week!

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Lots of love and kisses

Sandy

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Fan of the Month

Hi Bakers today is a special day because today we celebrate our fantabulous fan of the month. This is the first FOTM we’ve ever done and we’re so excited to be awarding thos prize to a star baker. Zara from Sydney has made us proud with her version of our Heart Melting moments (ย https://susieandsandy.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/heart-melting-moments/ ).ย 

She sent us in this fab photo of her delights which she shared with her family on Mothers Day โค

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Thanks so much Zara for you’re great baking! If anyone else wants to send in their creations don’tย hold back just place a comment below or email to lana.hoffman5@gmail.com ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love S&S