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db: the macaron (it’s not a hamburger!)

October 27, 2009

My fingers were at the ready. It was the first of October and I was riding high on the back of my puff pastry successes – what would this month bring? I was hoping for something pretty. Something delicate. Something I hadn’t even thought to do before… and then I saw it:

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

*sigh*

chocolate and hazelnut macaron

chocolate and hazelnut macaron

Don’t get me wrong. I actually rather enjoy making macaron. It’s a calming, methodical process – and the reactions you get to a batch of the freshly baked! Oh! These delicious little morsels can extrude squeals of delight that no cake can (regardless of how multi-faceted and hair-tearingly complex said cake can be to make).

the taste? like all things nutella...

the taste? like all things nutella…


But
I’d just made macaron. Two batches of them. On two almost-consecutive weekends. And (excuse me as my whiny inner child breaks free, just momentarily) I liked my recipe. It worked! I didn’t want to try a new one! What if it… what if it didn’t work?

leftover chocolate ganache

leftover chocolate ganache

I bit the bullet though, and did as I was challenged to do (cos if this girl does one this right, it’s playing by the rules). And, just in case, I threw in a couple of little tips I’d learnt along the way:

1. My nuts were ground finely then toasted briefly in a low oven to remove any excess moisture.

2. I added a couple of grams of egg white powder to stabilise the meringue (mainly because the eggwhite:sugar ratio seemed a little off compared to other recipes I’d seen).

3. The macaron were baked on a silicone sheet on top of an upside down oven tray, as this apparently helps with the air circulation and even heat distribution.

And… success! Well, mostly success. I had a couple of cracked shells (which isn’t an issue I’ve had to deal with previously) and a couple of shells that were slightly darker than I would have liked, but they worked! And they were tasty!

pulling the macaron out of the oven

pulling the macaron out of the oven

So tasty, in fact, that Lex decided to eat them straight from the oven, ganache-less and then ganache-ful. Crazy kid.

But it wasn’t quite enough. This was, after all, a Daring Baker’s Challenge – and making a variation of a recipe I’d already become quite comfortable with wasn’t quite challenge enough for me.

So I made this little one.

would you like some (apple) fries with that?

would you like some (apple) fries with that?

It’s inspiration? Adriano Zumbo’s dessert dubbed “It’s Not a Hamburger… It’s a Macaron!” The original is a chocolate macaron on a bed of banana rice pudding with a caramel/toffee gelato middle – and I thought, just for a second, about trying to recreate it.

But then! What if?! A real hamburger! One with a chocolate and hazelnut macaron shell “bun”, and a cocoa dusted chocolate chai ice cream “patty”? And frozen mango slices for “cheese” and a raspberry coulis “ketchup” and shaved green-tinted white chocolate “lettuce”. And fries! Made from apple!

And so I did.

it's not a hamburger... it's a macaron!

it’s not a hamburger… it’s a macaron!

And oh-my-goodness… if I ever give up beef, I want my burgers tasting like this baby.

If you want to try the daring baker’s version of the macaron, I’ve included the recipe just below – otherwise, I’ve written up what I think is a far more fail-proof version here on my rosewater and raspberry macaron post.

daring bakers do macaron

Ingredients:

Confectioners’ (Icing) sugar: 2 ¼ cups (225 g, 8 oz.)
Almond flour: 2 cups (190 g, 6.7 oz.)
Granulated sugar: 2 tablespoons (25 g , .88 oz.)
Egg whites: 5 (Have at room temperature)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°F (93°C). Combine the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour in a medium bowl. If grinding your own nuts, combine nuts and a cup of confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a food processor and grind until nuts are very fine and powdery.

2. Beat the egg whites in the clean dry bowl of a stand mixer until they hold soft peaks. Slowly add the granulated sugar and beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks.

3. Sift a third of the almond flour mixture into the meringue and fold gently to combine. If you are planning on adding zest or other flavorings to the batter, now is the time. Sift in the remaining almond flour in two batches. Be gentle! Don’t overfold, but fully incorporate your ingredients.

4. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain half-inch tip (Ateco #806). You can also use a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off. It’s easiest to fill your bag if you stand it up in a tall glass and fold the top down before spooning in the batter.

5. Pipe one-inch-sized (2.5 cm) mounds of batter onto baking sheets lined with nonstick liners (or parchment paper).

6. Bake the macaroon for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and raise the temperature to 375°F (190°C). Once the oven is up to temperature, put the pans back in the oven and bake for an additional 7 to 8 minutes, or lightly colored.

7. Cool on a rack before filling.


  • #1
    October 27th, 2009

    Yes the DB recipe was outside my comfort zone also great that it worked for you. Wonderful effort and those ‘hamburger’ sound delicious. Also I love your rosewater and raspberry macaron. Your choice of fillings for the hamburger are inspired it must of tasted wonderful. Cheers from Audax in Sydney.

  • #2
    October 27th, 2009

    wow! now that is unlike any macaron i have ever seen before! great job! great inspiration!

  • #3
    October 27th, 2009

    That is genius! And far too cute for its own good 🙂 The mango cheese! And the apple fries! Ahhh I want it!

  • #4
    October 27th, 2009

    clever! And you have a rather fancy piping thingy! Mine is just plastic bags from $2 and plastic nozzles 😛 Hmmm your post inspired me to get MacD for brekky!

  • #5
    October 27th, 2009

    Love the not-a-hamburger!

  • #6
    October 27th, 2009

    Not-a-hamburger? When it’s so good to look at… I will eat it even if it’s not. So nicely done!

  • #7
    October 27th, 2009

    Loving the hamburger, especially the apple fries, so beautiful. Very jealous of your feet!

  • #8
    October 27th, 2009

    Ok my arteries are clogging at the mere sight of it but damn I want that hamburger! Love it!

  • #9
    October 27th, 2009

    This is amazing! You are so creative! And I’m sure this tastes fantastic as well!

  • #10
    October 27th, 2009

    Too cute Shez – it looks so much like a burger I think it would mess with my mind to eat it. And you got feet from the DB recipe – extra impressive!

  • #11
    October 27th, 2009

    superb! Your macs turned out great and what about that burger… Inspiring!

  • #12
    October 27th, 2009

    The hamburger is adorable!

  • #13
    October 27th, 2009

    Nice! Yours look beautiful! I wish it had worked for me 🙁 I agree though, there are certainly better recipes out there – will check out your other one now 🙂

  • #14
    October 27th, 2009

    So cute !!
    I love your burger macarons!!

  • #15
    October 27th, 2009

    love it. it`s funny cute and looks delicious.

  • #16
    October 27th, 2009

    Funnily enough, the first time my Mom saw chocolate macarons, she said they looked like little hamburgers. Well done!

  • #17
    October 27th, 2009

    Great to hear that you had success with the challenge recipe! It was fail for us unfortunately.
    Your macarons look perfect and that burger macaron is soo cute – what a creative idea! Love it!

  • #18
    October 27th, 2009

    How cute! I was going to make a hamburgecaroon too but didn’t think I’d have enough time in the end. Certainly didn’t think to have fries with it too – very clever! 🙂

  • #19
    October 27th, 2009

    OOh Yuummm!! I so want onee! Hee hee glad to see the breastpump in action ^^!

  • #20
    October 27th, 2009

    Haha, this is fantastic. You’ve certainly come up with a twist on this month’s challenge. Super great job!

  • #21
    October 28th, 2009

    Aww… when you mentioned real hamburger, got all excited for a moment as I thought you were going to try and somehow make a real hamburger filling work 🙁 The mango cheese slice even fooled me for a moment 🙂

    Nice work with the final product. Those flavour combinations sounds like they would have been something special! Certainly more interesting than most of the monoflavouric macarons.

  • #22
    October 28th, 2009

    These are so awesome! When I first saw them I really couldn’t figure out what the “cheese” could be! It looks so much like cheese I thought it might actually be cheese. (if it were a mild cheese and everything else was sweet, that might actually be good) But great thinking! I never would have thought to make mango look like cheese, and I bet they tasted fab!

  • #23
    October 28th, 2009

    Love the ‘hamburger’!! Simply adorable =D. All of your macarons look stunning! I hope next month is exactly what you hope for!

  • #24
    October 28th, 2009

    OMG hahaha soo cute!!! It looks like a real hamburger, and the fries on the side!!I Love the mango cheese and raspberry ketchup, yummo combo

  • #25
    October 28th, 2009

    That’s a cute idea! So will you continue to use your old macaron recipe or will you convert to Claudia Fleming’s version?

  • #26
    October 28th, 2009

    FANTASTIC! I love the little hamburger. I think Pierre Herme has a similar creation, too. Good company, no?

  • #27
    October 28th, 2009

    It really looked like a hamburger. I bet it was yummy.

  • #28
    October 29th, 2009

    I love your macarons, and what a fun and really creative idea making them look like burgers, my kids would love it but first I guess I have to make perfect macarons 😉 Thanks for sharing your rosewater raspberry macarons, I saved it.

  • #29
    October 29th, 2009

    they are so cute & original Shez well done
    are you all macaron’d out?

  • #30
    October 30th, 2009

    Your macarons are sweet perfections. Love the hamburger – they really do look like a burger! =)

  • #31
    November 2nd, 2009

    These are some great looking macs, and I love the idea of the ‘hamburger’..very innovative.

Shez