My pursuit and growing obsession over macarons continues, and this was my third attempt to try and perfect this little french sweet. Upon the advice of my fellow blogger and friend from My Button Cake, I tried the Gourmet Traveller macaron recipe. Seeing as though there are so many macaron recipes, tips and tricks out there, I felt it would be wise to take advice from Amber as she is such a deft hand at macarons.
However, I didn't want to make plain macarons.. I wanted to do something a bit more creative. Watching Masterchef contestants try and recreate Heston Bluemnthal's amazing dishes, I was inspired to create something sweet that looked like a savoury item. I thought a fast food item would be fun to do, so here is a sweet (and very small) take on the Big Mac.
Introducing The Little Mac... (as in 'macaron'!)
To start making these little macs I made the macarons. I coloured the batter with a little bown and yellow food colour to achieve the bun tone, and then I topped some of them with a sprinkle of sesame seeds before baking. I was reasonably happy with the macarons after baking .. The feet were not quite as high as they could be, so I may have overmixed a little. However, the shell was nice and delicate, and the inside was lovely and squidgy :) Voila - a toasted sesame seed bun!
The patties were made by cutting out circles from readymade chocolate biscuits. For the lettuce and cheese slices, I coloured white fondant with green and yellow food colouring and rolled it out thinly. For the cheese I cut out a neat square, and for the lettuce I cut up a rough circle and frilled the edges roughly with my fingertips for a realistic effect.
The secret sauce
Well, it's not secret anymore ;) I used a white chocolate ganache made by using 1/4 cup pure cream and 150g white chocolate combined in a bowl over a pot of simmering water.