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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Sweet Treats Saturday: Peanut Butter Chocolate Macarons

Ahhh meringue.  It continues to scare me but I keep finding recipes involving it that look so delicious!

Macarons alone have scared me for a while, but as I love most things French, I was determined to try these too.



I was drooling over the pictures on the Annie Eats blog of her Peanut Butter Chocolate Macarons.  I had not convinced myself to try making them, especially as I saw all of the ingredients measured in grams.  I almost thought I had stumbled upon a British recipe blog.  It wasn't until I read further along that I realized they were just finicky and required exact measurements in weight.  Another ding against them.  Still, undeterred, I kept reading.


The macarons: piped, chopped peanuts added, and ready to go into the oven.


I decided to humor myself and to read her blog post about her initial experience making macarons.  Ok, now the challenge was on.  I decided I too could conquer these sweets.  But just in case of failure, I didn't plan on taking too many pictures.

The bottoms of the macarons.
Know for the future to let them set a little before putting them in the oven to avoid the tips.

The filling piped in. Chocolate fudgy ganache and peanut butter.
Ultimately, the macarons were surprisingly easy to make. They were time consuming in the multiple steps for preparation, but as long as I kept my eye on them along the way (especially in the oven so I didn't overcook them), they weren't too high maintenance.  Piping the centers was fun and the ganache was so rich and delicious.

The final macarons were light and fluffy which went perfectly with the dense and rich filling.  I'm looking forward to trying more flavor combinations and recipes for macarons.

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5 comments:

  1. always wondered how these delish treats were made! thanks for sharing!! visiting from Flamingo Toes.

    -caroline
    http://cwfrosting.blogspot.com

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  2. How awesome! I posted about my macarons making adventures too...its fun seeing the "feet" show up! These look so yummy I will have to try them.

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  3. these look super delicious
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    xoxo
    bB

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  4. Oh my goodness these look so good! Thanks for the recipe!
    Fantastic.
    ~Michelle
    www.falafelandthebee.com

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