Its Great Blogger Bake Off time again, its patisserie week and next week is the last bake off! I'm so sad that this season is almost over but I'm also happy to be taking a break from baking every week!
Today is the start of October and the run up to HALLOWEEN, my favourite time of year! To get us all in a spooky mood I decided to make some adult party treats, Black Magic Macarons with Nutella and Kirsch Cherries filling! I also designed these terrifying Halloween printable labels that I added to my macarons using a little blob of the filling.
You can download my FREE halloween printables here!
To make these spooky macrons you'll need:
- 1 3/4 cups of icing sugar
- 1 2/3 cups ground almonds
- 5 egg whites
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 3-4 tbsp black food colouring gel
Preheat oven to 150°C/130°C fan forced. Line three baking trays with baking paper. Mix together the icing sugar and almond meal and sieve. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar and black food colouring, beat until sugar dissolves. Fold in almond mixture in two batches, beating well.
Spoon mixture into piping bag and pipe into 3.5cm rounds onto prepared trays. Tap trays on bench to remove excess air and stand 30 minutes.
Bake 18 minutes or until just firm to touch; cool on trays. Divide nutella filling between macarons and sandwich together.
To make the filling you'll need nutella (I used a tub) and added 2 tbsp of chopped cherries that have been soaked in kirsch. To thicken keep adding 1/3 cups of icing sugar 1 at a time until you can spoon the mixture into the macaron shells.
Every time I make macarons I'm not very happy with the way they look. These looked impressive in my mind but they didn't come out black enough for me and once again they can out grainy even though I sieved the almonds! If you have any macaron tips please let me know as I'd like to make a perfect batch on day! But importantly they do taste great and when you have red glitter and white chocolate stars to decorate you can make anything look good!
Want to see more patisserie recipes? Take a look at these made by the lovely, clever Great Blogger Bake Off bloggers:
- Blueberry Mille-Feuille by Hannah Bakes Things
- Hazelnut Chocolate Mille Feuille by A Dash of Ginger
- Mango and Lemon Entremet
Fancy some more baking? Take a look at my other Great Blogger Bake Off recipes here:
- Week 1 - Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd, Chocolate Frosting AND Vanilla Sour Cream Frosting
- Week 2 - Magical White Chocolate and Raspberry Unicorn Biscuits
- Week 3 - Rapunzel Plait Bread
- Week 4 - Elsa's Blueberry, White Chocolate and Popping Candy Cheesecake
- Week 5 - Queen of Hearts Trio of Tarts
- Week 6 - Synchronised Swimming Mermaid Desserts
- Week 7 - Pastel Kitten Eclairs
- Week 8 - "I Love Autumn" Pumpkin and Spiced Chai Sugar Donuts
Next week is the last Bake Off week (insert sad baker face here) and as such the episode is all about the bakers mastering techniques. Their showstoppers must show skills in the perfect sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petit four! I'm gonna be focusing on just 1 and enjoying my last Great Blogger Bake Off challenge. Happy baking!