Choc-orange macarons

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I had quite a few left over egg whites after making some egg-custard. So I decided to make some macarons, a perfect use for egg whites, and a perfect excuse to make some delicate french treats (not that I really need an excuse :-)).

These chocolate orange macarons are delicious, and with my  first bite I instantly thought of Jaffa’s, those yummy choc-orange balls covered in a red candy, yum yum yum!.

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I used Adriano Zumbos macaron recipe which is here in my “The Macaron Challenge” post, I added  some powdered orange food colouring to the sugar syrup mixture and sprinkled some dutch cocoa onto the piped out macarons before putting them in the oven. I have tried and tested this recipe many times now and it has never failed me: he is the Zumbaron King ;-).

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GANACHE:

  • 150g cream
  • finely grated zest of 2 oranges
  • 200g dark chocolate ( Zumbo used milk chocolate but I just love dark chocolate)
  • 60g unsalted butter, chopped and softened
  1. place cream and orange zest in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to the boil
  2. put chocolate in a bowl
  3. pour over hot cream, stir until chocolate has melted and is smooth
  4. set aside until temperature is 50ºC, then using a stick blender blitz in butter until smooth
  5. allow ganache to cool and become firm enough to pipe
  6. fill a piping bag with a 7mm nozzle and pipe onto flat side of macaron then top with another shell
  7. put assembled macarons in the fridge to set
  8. bring to room temperature to serve

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3 thoughts on “Choc-orange macarons

  1. Jamie June 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm Reply

    You’ll have to release a cookbook soon at the rate you are going.

  2. Brittany June 4, 2013 at 1:24 am Reply

    Chocolate and orange were made for each other! YUM!

  3. the1234girls June 6, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    We’re gonna have to try these, they look incredible! Though I have to say the chocolate and orange combination is a divider in our group. I (number 3) think it’s a match made in heaven, but I already know 4 will give me a tough time for posting this.

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