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Black Sesame Macaron

26 Mar

I love black sesame desserts–ice cream, dumplings, mochi, pudding etc etc! So I figure, why not make a black sesame macaron!

You can get black sesame seeds whole or grinded already. One of the key to intensifying the flavor of the macaron is toasting the black sesame. You know they’re ready when you smell the sesame. The toasted sesame is then used for both the shell and buttercream.

So for the macaron, just use a basic macaron recipe and add 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame. For the buttercream, whipped 1 cup of butter with 4 cups of powdered sugar, and when everything is whipped. Lastly, mix in 2 tablespoon of toasted black sesame. Oh yeah, and the secret ingredient…sesame oil! Just add in 1 teaspoon when everything is blended.

Last but not least, the million dollar shot! Just kidding, but I just love the color of the buttercream against the lighter color cookies.

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Happy Macaron Day!

20 Mar

Woohoo! It’s finally here, Macaron Day! Sooo…if I were in New York or Paris, I would be getting some free or discounted macarons right now, but I’m at neither. Aww.

I just got off work, and I am nowhere near a macaron shop or a bakery that sell macaron. I feel like I really should have one just for this day. What to do? Luckily, I have a few leftover chili chocolate shells, but I have no buttercream or ganache. I’m so tired that I don’t want mix up anything and clean up after either. Now what? Quick! Think of plan B! I opened the refrigerator and guess what, I have a pint of cappucino gelato in the freezer…score!

I had my first ice cream macaron cookie few years ago at Milk in LA. They put them all in a skinny tall see-through freezer. I stared and stared, and took forever to choose one flavor to eat at the shop. I ended up with the grasshopper one– it was delicious!!

Anyhow, cheers to Macaron Day with my chili chocolate macaron and cappucino ice cream sandwich, and a large cup of hot coffee!

Oh yeah, I sprinkled a dash of fresh ground coffee for that bitter coffee taste on the shell. You can also sprinkle them on top of the ice cream.

Have you ever had something cold and then hot right away? I took a bite of this and then had a gulp of coffee. Everything just melts in my mouth. It’s like drinking a root beer float!

Okay, time to go wash my ice cream scooper.

One More Day: Chili Chocolate Macaron

19 Mar

One more day until Macaron Day! In the mean time…

Who loves spicy food? I do!
Who loves chocolate? I do too!

One of my all time favorite chocolate flavors, next to hazelnut, is chocolate with chili. What really drawn me to it is the smokey and spicy aroma. I love chili powder in my meat marinade and on cheese and potato, but what makes the spicy chili even better is adding a sweet component to it, in this case, chocolate! A lot of chocolate brands such as Lindt and Vosges offer this flavor; and I’m glad I live near markets that sell them or can buy them on their website. So instead of making plain chocolate macaron, I want to make a chili chocolate one.

[ Ingredients ]

Shell:
1 batch of chocolate macaron shell
1 tsp red chili powder*

*the red chili powder I used contains ground chili pepper, ground cumin, ground oregano, garlic powder & salt

Ganache:
100g of dark chocolate
100mL of heavy cream
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp of red chili powder (adjust to your liking)

[ Instruction ]

Shell:
1. Follow the chocolate macaron shell recipe, but also add the chili powder to the dry mixture.

I get addicted to pipping macaron batter circles sometimes. I get super excited and happy when they all line up and turn out the same size and shape!

Ganache:
1. In a pot, heat the heavy cream with the chili powder on medium heat.
2. Before it starts to boil, turn off and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate.
3. Keep whisking until chocolate is melted.
4. Add in butter, and continue whisking until smooth.
5. Set aside for later, or refridgerate if using it for the next day (thaw in room temp).

Assemble:
1. Fill a piping bag with ganache. Cut a hole 1/2 inch hole at the tip of the bag.
2. Pipe ganache onto cookies.
3. Place another cookie on top of the ganache.

I think I was being too generous on the chocolate ganache. The macaron looked like it contained very little chocolate, but it actually had a lot when biten into it.  I’m not saying it’s bad, but I felt like I was eating a chocolate truffle. Note to self, maybe a little less next time.

Breakfast anyone? I love these with coffee. The dark chocolate and chili adds a hint of sweetness and spiciness to the coffee.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone!

In celebration of St. Patty’s Day, I baked up a batch of green macarons! I was trying to steer away from making green tea ones since I’d made them many times before. Spontaneously I was trying to come up with another green flavor as fast as I can (in 30 seconds) and oh my goodness…I came up with a weird one. Then I spent another 30 seconds trying to think about what buttercream or ganarche I should make with it. It was not after I started mixing everything that I realized I should have made something more safe like mint or peppermint.

Anyhow, half way through baking, my oven turned off…and I had no idea why. So I waited forever for these to bake as I wonder if that eight minutes of decrease in oven temperature will change anything. Indeed it did a little, it created a little dent on the roof of these cookies. The decrease in heat sunk the partially harden crust a bit. Boo, but at least it was not as noticeable and as bad as it looked.

So what exactly did I make??

Ladies and gentleman, I give you wasabi macaron with ginger buttercream! So exactly how I came up with this? Well, I was trying to think of what green ingredients I have at home, and first thing that came into mine was wasabi powder, and then I figure I have ginger in the fridge. Since I mean if wasabi and ginger go so well together in Japanese cuisine, it should be good in a macaron too right?…Sweet and spicy, just a little kick.

The flavor was quite unique, and it was not bad at all. At first bite, you get that sweetness from the macaron ingredient itself, and then I can taste the ginger hitting my taste buds and lastly, the wasabi as I keep chewing. Oh and did I mention these smells exactly what it is? The wasabi smell was strong and the ginger aroma was divine.

I wore my green jacket day and night today, and I got pinched once after I took the jacket off. I hope you didn’t get pinched like I did!