Chocolate Dipped Mango Macarons
This blog was born with macarons.
These are not an improvement but that’s ok. Firstly because I can, on occasion, be a stubborn pigling and there is nothing like being close but not quite good enough to make me grit my teeth and have another bash (ok there are all those other things I want to bake that have a habit of distracting me, but we’ll forget that for now). Secondly, because I have an excuse: my hand-made piping bag exploded when I tried to make these. It’s my own fault for making the macaronage before looking for my piping bag and realising I’d thrown it out. It seems that my piping bag creation skills are somewhat lacking. This meant that I couldn’t pipe them and just had to dollop the mixture instead. Not really the ideal way of making a delicate macaron.
130g ground almonds
160g icing sugar
3 large egg whites at room temperature ~ 90 – 100 grams total (aged 24 hours minimum)
65g caster sugar
The recipe can be found here at Macaron Diaries which also has excellent tips on problem
1 large ripe mango
Zest and juice of 1 lime
125g golden caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
The recipe can be found at Loving Homemade
The mango curd is my first ever curd. It came out a tad runny, which meant I had to mix it with buttercream to make the filling. I”m a bit disappointed that it wasn’t more mango-y but I think I’ll go back to basics and try lemon curd soon.
It seems strange that I’ve not attempted macarons again since the birth of Pigling Bland. I never seem to have enough eggs or enough almonds at the same time. So whilst I don’t bake solely for online challenges, this month has been one where the various challenges have been brilliant for pushing me. I have had to re-visit bakes which I’ve sort-of managed in the past but not been happy with.
I’m entering these into
Classic French: Macarons hosted by A Kick At The Pantry Door and run by Blue Kitchen Bakes
We Should Cocoa: Mango and chocolate hosted by Allotment 2 Kitchen and run by Chocolate Log Blog / Chocolate Teapot