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Macarons for Halloween and the San Francisco Giants

30 Oct

October 30th, 2012
In celebration of two things- Halloween and the San Francisco Giants winning the 2012 World Series, I made these fun, orange macarons. Tomorrow is the World Series Victory Parade in San Francisco, and for those who are going to watch it, be safe! And for those going out for Halloween, have fun!

Macarons:

115 g almond flour (Trader Joe’s)

200g powdered sugar

90g egg whites

30g powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Sift almond flour and powdered sugar together. Discard any lumps.

2. In a mixer, whisk egg whites. Once the whites become foamy, stream in 30g of powdered sugar a little at a time. Whisk on high-speed to a stiff peak and until whites are dried out. It should form a stiff ball of meringue.

3. Add dries to the meringue. With a spatula, quickly mix to incorporate the dries and the meringue.

4. Start to fold the mixture to deflate the batter. Be careful not to over fold; otherwise the batter becomes too runny.

5. Transfer batter to a piping bag with a fitted tip.

6. Pipe 1-inch rounds onto silpat-lined sheet pan.

7. Let rest for at least one hour before baking. Bake at 300F for 10-12 minutes. Macarons are done when they come off the silpat without sticking.

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Chocolate Rum Cupcakes

30 Oct

October 30th, 2011

Happy Halloween weekend!

In spirit of Halloween and for a work potluck tomorrow, I made these chocolatey cupcakes. They’re filled with a light chocolate mousse and glazed with a dark chocolate rum ganache. I also added a bit of Captain Morgan spiced rum to the cupcake batter, but the rum flavor is subtle since I was experimenting and only added a small amount.  Next time I’ll know to add a bit more rum for a kick.

To make these cupcakes more playful, I made these little ghosts as toppers (all edible!).  I hope they’re a hit tomorrow at work!

Happy Halloween and be safe!

Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake

Filled with chocolate mousse

Glazed with dark chocolate rum ganach

Topped with white fondant ghost

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