Baking | Savoury Macarons, Mactweets … and reflections on 2010!

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”

Savoury macsAnd hence draws an end to a decade {gosh seems like almost a century eh?}. A promising and ‘footloose’ year was 2010, with obvious reference to the appearance of feet towards the end. Still not sure how I achieved them feet, but am betting its the new oven. I have had more success in the last 2 months than I’ve had over the last 2 years with these fiddly creatures … I’m loving it! This ‘happy feet’ post wraps the year that was. Looking forward to a spanking new year, with loads to do and fresh perspectives. Sorry no resolutions for me. I’m just not the sort. Que sera sera, what will be will be.Mac Tweets time again {I’m late, sorry}, and the theme this month for Mac Attack #14… Savoury Sweet for the Holidays had me perplexed. Decided to add some freshly ground pepper to the shell, with a sprinkle of sea salt. The macarons shells tasted really nice, almost addictive. Despite all the sweet I bake, I am a hardcore savoury person, and love my salty rather than sweet.savoury macsThe pepper & salt macs shells had me intrigued. Before I found feet in these I had set some quark. The filling would be savoury too, and I was thrilled I found feet. The macs were nice, but alas … savoury macarons are not for me. As far as macarons go, I’m rather conventional and prefer the sweet ones. However, these did provide for a fascinating adventure!

Do you want to join Jamie and me making MACARONS??

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You can always join us next month too. Just drop us a mail or tweet.

Savoury Quark Macarons
Macarons
1 egg white, aged for 2 days
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp egg white powder
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 tsp seat salt
Method:
Sift the almond meal & powdered sugar well, twice.
Beat the egg white until it looks like baby foam bath, 20 seconds. Add powdered egg white & granulated sugar and beat till it holds stiff peaks 1 -1 1/2 minutes {if you hold the bowl upside down, it shouldn’t fall out – try at your won risk though}
Fold in the almond meal-icing sugar mix until you get a lava like macronage. {Hint: If you cut a line through the batter, it should disappear within 5-8 seconds. Now you are good to go}
Pipe, or spoon tsp amounts of batter on parchment paper, and rap the tray firmly on the kitchen counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
Freshly grind whole pepper over the macarons, and leave to dry for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 140C. Once preheated, sprinkle a few flakes of sea salt over each macaron shell and bake at 140C for 12-15 minutes. {I use the top shelf in my oven, with just the lower element}
Check to ensure they are set, and not jiggly. Slide parchment from tray onto cooling rack, or marble slab, and allow to cool completely.
Filling:
100gm quark {homemade recipe here}
2 tbsp grated cheese
1 clove garlic minced
Fresh basil
Salt to taste
Gentle squeeze of lime

Method:
Mix all ingredients with a balloon or whisk till smooth. Taste & adjust seasoning if required.
To assemble
Match equal halves of macarons, and keep together.
Use a small spoon or piping bag/nozzle, deposit a tiny amount of quark filling on the flat side of the macaron, and sandwich with another of the same size. Sandwich them, squeezing gently. Leave to set in fridge.
Savoury Quark Macarons

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A peep into the year that went by …

These kittens are sweet. You think so too? A stray littered in an old dilapidated room on my parents roof. They were very sweet until they started growing up and dragging prey home {read squirrels and rats}! Then my Mum had enough of these cuties …   they’ve now left!Shift to WordPress. I made the move this year but CODE still puzzles me, yet I’m happy with where I am now. Mac poweryes the mac gods smiled on me & I felt blessed to find feet. Maybe next year onwards I shall venture more bravely into filling territory, but at least the fear of not finding feet has been defeated. Things from my blog that I made more often than I can remember this year … Double Chocolate Strawberry & Oat Energy Bars {Megan’s Cooking}, Buttermilk Pound Cake, Oatmeal Chocolate-chip Cookies, Roberts Absolutely Best Brownies {David Lebovitz}, Coffee Macarons, Eggless Chocolate & Vanilla Cake, Chicken Shami  Kebabs, Butter Chicken, Marie Helenes Apple Cake {Dorie Greenspan}, Rustic Garlic Loaves, Wholewheat Chicken Basil Wraps, Chicken Bell Pepper & Mushroom JullieneOttolenghis Ricotta & Spinach Roulade & Chargrilled Brocolli Salad. These are recipes are some of those that I keep coming back to, over and over again.My first love still remains cakes, especially layered cakes. COFFEE is still placed on top of my list {Espresso Coffee Cream Cake -YES!!}, but I’ve had a fabulous time exploring others like the Lavender Chiffon Cake with Whipped Lemon Curd and Strawberry Quark Cake. Another favourite – No Bake Strawberry & Quark Cheesecake.

Macarons seem to have stolen some of my time this year and continue to hold me captivated. No matter how many times I try to make them, the joy of ‘feet’ is thrilling each time. My faves this year – these coffee macarons, and the best – these vanilla macarons which made up this fantastic macaron trifle from Donna Hay. This was my most fun dessert yet, a show stopper!

Fruit in baking is still my mantra, and I’m over the moon to see luscious strawberries flood the market. Still priced high but delicious in everyway, they keep finding their way into my oven. I’m ending this year with 2 of my current passions … Strawberries and Donna Hay! She has me captivated and each time I saw her on MasterChef Australia I felt like I knew her personally.  At home, we are wrapping up 2010 with Donna Hays Strawberry Tarte Tatins … and they do look smell wonderful in the ramekins!In perspective, I’ve spent more time than I can imagine on twitter, a place I enjoy. The connect, the banter, the joie de vivre … but I admit I’ve cut back on time spent there as a day has just so many hours. Yet, it’s one place I long to be, and whenever I can steal a moment, I’m there! Facebook still makes me feel lost, and Stumble Upon is a deep mystery! For once, this year I’ve got invited to more foodie events than I could attend! Cookbooks and many of them, some bought, some sent for review … and all good ones.Still have to read them all, but still have more on my list. Some of my favourites – The Chocolate Bible, Lara Ferronis Doughnuts, Mainland China Cookbook, I L♥ve Macarons, The Cake Bible.

HAPPY 2010 you wonderful peeps. Hope it’s filled with peace, joy and happiness for each of you. HNY!!

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Comments

  1. Everything is gorgeous as always…and those kittens :)
    Wishing you a most wonderful 2011!

  2. A fabulous post! Those macarons are perfect.

    What cute kitties. I love ginger cats.

    Best wishes fgor the New Year! looking forward to reading you in 2011!

    Cheers,

    Rosa xoxo

  3. Love the spicy macarons and what a gorgeous recap of an amazing year. Happy New Year, Deeba, and I can’t wait to see all the fantastic treats you come up with next!

  4. Fab deeba…love all those treats…Happy New Year dear

  5. Happy New Year!! It’s already 2011 here in Malaysia and you’re the first blog I’m visiting on this auspicious day!! Love your work, I always leave feeling inspired!!

  6. Lovely macarons, dear Deeba alll look amazing and delicious, I had little kitties and I know how is dear!! I whish you a wonderful and Happy New Year and sthe best for the next Big hiuggs gloria
    l

  7. Have a blessed New Year, Deeba… spicy Macs sound fantalicious… you rally got the hang of the macs now… well done :)

  8. amizan from best toaster oven says:

    Your photos are stunning. I wish I could bake like this but the end result never quite comes out as beautiful looking as yours. Inspirational.

  9. Wow…, Looking through your fabulous year in photos sure sums up your wonderful year. Have a fantastic New Year, hope 2011 is a great one for you with lots of ‘feet’ :)

  10. Your cat photos are soo cute.Happy New Year wonderful lady.I love your blog and your work is an inspiration!The filling you have made for these macrons is totally delicious!I love the lime & garlic flavors in there. Happy New Year to you and your family :)

  11. Happy New Year Deeba,again your photos just blow me away !

  12. Happy new year to you too!

    All of the baking you did during the year looks so fantastic – the photography is amazing!

    All the best for 2011 – look forward to seeing more tantalising photos.

  13. Amazing to see even just a small portion of all the things you’ve produced over the year. Hope the new year will be just as sweet :)

  14. Lots of food! :) Happy new year.

  15. Gorgeous macarons, Deeba! Happy New Year.

  16. happy new year – love to see what you bake most often – that is always such a great recommendation for a recipe

  17. What a lovely round-up dear Deeba. All the photos are so beautiful, especially those cakes, my oh my, just delightfu!! Looking forward to more great reads and inspiring treats (and tweets!) from you in the year ahead.

  18. Have a happy new year!
    And those kittens are sooo sweet :)

  19. Savory macs is indeed intriguing!!! Since I don’t really like the sweet ones (yes, I know, BLASPHEMY!) I think I’ll attempt these and see if they are worth it!

    Great round up of 2010 Deeba! :) I am always amazed by you energy and your passion is just inspiring!! looking forward to more in 2011!

    Wish you and your family and joyous year ahead! :))) HUUUUGSSS!

  20. Wow this is my first time here and I am thoroughly impressed. Your macaron shells are gorgeous and the addition of salt and pepper sounds inspired. Happy 2011! I look forward to coming back again and again.

  21. Wow. What fantastically delicious year. Love your sweet and savory macs, especially the filling. Looking forward to reading your 2011 posts!

  22. Sweet Sistah, we’ve had a truly amazing year and I love that together we have spread the Mac Love! And how thrilled am I that you have danced your way out of the old decade and into the new on such magnificent feet! You have one of the most amazing blogs in blogland and are a stunningly amazing baker and each and every gorgeous photo proves it! I want to taste everything – and maybe, just maybe in 2011 I will be able to do just that!!! You are truly a perfect friend (except for being so far away) and I foresee great things happening in 2011! Cheers to you, darling sister, and your friendship has truly been a great gift! Wishing you and your family a stunning, happy, healthy and prosperous 2011 and a couple of weeks with us!!! xoxo

    ps Love your perfect macs and I would love to taste these savory sweet macs!

  23. Happy New Year ♥
    Moltissimi Auguri
    per uno splendido 2011

  24. What an exquisite assortment of treats you made this year. I love the idea of the savory mac- wonderful. I’m so pleased we got to know each other this year. May your 2011 be filled with love, laughter and joy!

  25. Deeba, I’ve been catching up with your posts here, and saying “Wow!” and “Wow!” and “Wow!” on every post and photo! It is all so beautiful and looks so delicious! I even had to call my husband over and show him your macaron trifle:) Stunning! You really need to publish a book; I will be first in line! Happy New Year! Sadly, I didn’t get around to the stollen or the macarons this month.

  26. What a year you’ve had! Truly impressive. I’m amazed at how much baking (and other stuff!) you’ve done! Your macarons are so lovely, it looks like you’ve been getting “feet” all your life.

    I hope you have a fantastic year ahead, and that you keep on wowing us with your gorgeous treats. I’ll be reading. Happy New Year, Deeba!

  27. What a fabulous year you had Deeba! SO glad that I was able to share in your adventures and cannot wait to see where 2011 takes you! Here’s to FEET!!!!

  28. shirley@kokken69 says:

    I love savoury macarons for they offer a good balance to the overly sweet meringue base. Wishing you more happy feet to take you on happy spins in 2011!

  29. Happy Birthday Deeba to you and your family. have a wonderful new year.

  30. So many beautiful and tempting treats… Here’s wishing you a new year that’s just as delicious! :)

  31. 2010 was a delicious/beautiful year at your house! I hope to catch you more often on Twitter. Wishing you a fabulous New Year!

  32. Hi Deeba—It looks like you have had a marvelous year–glad that I found your blog.
    Looking forward to the delicacies you’ll be creating in 2011. All best wishes, Nancy

  33. Happy New Year to you and your family, Deeba! What a wonderful year of food you have had! I love your macaron trifle! Soy and I saw the Donna Hay magazine and we thought the cover looked amazing, until we flipped to the recipe and saw “store-bought macarons”. But I’m sure you would have made your own perfect rounds, which you have! We look forward to reading more about your kitchen capers in 2011!
    xxx from Oz!

  34. The savory macarons looks beautiful. I am love your blog and all the different recipes you have shared with us.

  35. Deeba! Salt and pepper macs?! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven, they sound FABULOUS.
    I had a fabulous flavour up my sleeve for this month but ran out of time… I hope I can shoe horn it into a future theme soon.

    Wonderful wonderful round up of pictures, I am visualising a constant stream of cakes and goodies being passed down a line through your front door down the street!!

    Happy New Year and Happy More Baking XxXx

  36. What a fun recap of the year, Deeba! I made a promise to myself, this is the year I am finally going to attempt macarons. I keep saying it, but not doing it! Let’s call it a resolution. :)
    Happy New Year to you!

  37. lovely quotes for new year very happy new year Deeba :) those savoury macaroon are just too wonder and the kitten darling how adorable and your collection deeba what i say, another than fantabulous :)

  38. Aren’t you clever Deeba! Savoury macarons like this just blow my mind! :D As always, you impress us with your innovation :D

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