Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You are the butter to my bread

I've had the bliss of relaxing all day and ignorance of time and dead lines lately. I'm working tomorrow then I've got to get started on doing some research, assignments etc., so today is really one of the last few days I have of doing nothing. Ha that's a lie, I've got plenty of time. 

I've been listening a lot to the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack lately. I know some people either hate or love this movie, but I really love it, and I love how over the top it is. The soundtrack is really good as well, my favourite is definitely 'Everybody's Free' by Quindon Tarver. 
Pretty bad photo, but I  love this pattern on the inside of the case, it's the pattern of Romeo's shirt which I really want. 
 Also, I don't know if I've said on here before, but I've had a lot of trouble with macaroons before. The first time I made them, they were just perfect. Every other (numerous) time(s) after that were just terrible. Anyway I found this Nigella Laweson recipe which seemed to work. They don't look like the French ones, but they taste just as good:

250g icing sugar
125g ground almonds
25g cocoa powder
4 large egg whites
25g caster sugar

ganache filling
90ml double cream (think its called heavy cream if youre american)
150g plain choc chopped/broken up
45g butter


Preheat oven to 180c/gas 4. line 2 baking sheets

Sift together icing sugar, almonds and cocoa.
Whisk egg whites till half stiff, sprinkle over caster sugar then continue whisking until stiff but not dry.
Fold in dry ingredients to egg whites.
Then use an icing bag to pipe out 5 cm rounds (or if you dont have one spoon it on carefully). let them stand 10-15 mins before baking (forms a skin)

bake for 12-15 mins until dry on top but chewy underneath. remove to cool

Ganache...melt all ingredients together and stir well. when macaroons are cool use it to sandwich them together

I did the ganache with this really nice inexpensive milk chocolate and it was soooo good. Anyway have fun, hope your all having a nice break! 


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Glenda C said...

where did claire danes go?!!