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Mexican Chocolate Macarons and Hot Choccie

by on March 13, 2010
 

I’d given up completely…..

IMG_8168…on ever making macarons. Certainly not this weekend.

The damn things. Its not as if I love them anyway.

IMG_8163But that was till 3pm today when I saw some egg whites in the freezer.

And then I changed my mind.

IMG_8096I’d given up on ‘catching’ up with the Mexican stop of Foodalogue.

It was the first place on the tour .

Except I wasn’t part of the tour then.

But deep in my heart, I hate ‘partial’ completions.

It has to be completely complete.

IMG_8121In the meantime, my digital scale is ‘broken’.

I mistakenly, absentmindedly rinsed it.Under a running tap…..

Silly right?

So I used a measuring jug to mete out the ingredients for the macarons.

I knew it would fail.

The egg whites, I defrosted, aided by the microwave…for 10 seconds.

It almost cooked my eggs.

IMG_8074I had to add another egg white…and because the whites weren’t aged, I lost some whilst sieving.

I continued regardless.

I made the syrup for the meringue and I just eyeballed it – no thermometer, no nothing.

What the heck, if it fails, I’ll just call it Mexican cookies.

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No one ever has to know they were meant to be macs.

Afterall, no one sent me on any errand.

Choices, choices.

IMG_8045I made them and you know what, everything went well.

As I sift the icing sugar and oven-dried almonds, I remember what Pam said about part of my last mac mixture being a paste.

And Mimi too.

This time, I made sure that didn’t happen. I made the egg white- almond-icing sugar mixture somewhat fluid.

I add some mexican chocolate – crushed and ground and well sieved.

IMG_8069For I fancy a bit of spice in my tummy tonight.

I pipe the mixture onto my silicone mat.

Its a bit runny. Some macs make friends and merge with one another.

IMG_8077I always produce monster macs, this time will be no exception.

I put it in the oven and I see the feet.

I’m surprised. Shocked. And mighty glad.

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Out they come and I get my act together, whipping up some Mexican hot chocolate.

In the pan goes some milk, and dried red chilli. I throw in some rose petals, to usher in spring!

It is the season afterall…

IMG_8054I add two tablets of ‘Abuelita’ and let it melt.

Then out comes my Molinillo.

IMG_8098I whisk it till the mix is frothy.

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And pour it into my mug.

I top it with some whipped cream as I get ready to ‘sandwich’ my macarons.

IMG_8099In this home, we do not believe that Macs taste better the day after.

We are not fanatical about the mac filling either.

Our standard can of whipped cream works a treat every time.

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Forgive us, we’re not French.

I squirt some cream onto one half…and I do these for the regular and the figure-of-8 macs (which the husband receives).

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I top it with chilli seeds, spread those all around. I need my sweet and hot.

IMG_8137I place the twin over the top and then I eat……

While one daughter decorates hers with blue edible glitter, shows it to me and insists I take a photo and blog about it, my almost 3 year old son (who knows macarons like he knows pancakes) runs between the living room and the kitchen.

IMG_8172Eating mac after mac after mac!

Daughter #2 can’t be bothered, she’s ambivalent on the matter of macarons.

I have some, dipped in my fragrant hot chocolate;

Perfumed with rose petals.

They add a touch of ‘Persia’ to my Mexican delight.

The hot chocolate is amazing. Rich. Smooth. Scented.

IMG_8115And my Mexican chocolate macs? Superb.

Delish. A confirmation to me.

Macs will not ‘snub’ me or be ‘hottie tottie’

They can be conquered….without a scale.

IMG_8135Hmmmmm.

I love you Mexico.

This is heading to the MacTweets “Spring Fling: Be inspired by your favorite spring flowers.” Plus its Jour du Macaron soon…..I won’t be here though….

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Yep, another mention for Barbados!

My favourite flowers are roses. And tulips and Poppies and many, many more. What are yours?

Also, this is heading too to Joan of Foodalogue. Yes I know Mexico is done and dusted but, I had to do it anyway!

IMG_8153Till tomorrow……yep. Tomorrow. I have a challenge to fulfill, albeit it……tomorrow shall tell!