Decadent Banoffee Macarons recipe that's easy to make

Once again we’ve taken the challenge of the of the Great Bloggers Bake Off. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off, Jenny and Helen – pudding and cake bloggers extraordinaires – have set a challenge to bloggers who enjoy #GBBO. Each week we will commit to creating an item on the theme of that week’s Great British Bake Off. This week the theme is Trifle, and Petits Fours. So as I sit here watching the contestants mess up their Iles Flottantes, and steal each other’s custard, my caramel ganache and banoffee caramel are cooling in my kitchen, destined for these babies:

Great British Bake Off: Banoffee Macarons recipe

Banoffee Macarons

Banoffee macarons waiting to go into the oven

I’m a pudding maker really, not a creator of desserts, but my daughter’s favourite thing in the whole world to eat is Macarons. So much so that – distressed by the cost of the damn things in shops – I learned to make them myself. I bought her this book, and every now and then she picks the object of her desire and we make them. This time she chose Banoffee Macarons. As with all our recipes we varied the original to take account of what we had in the house and what we fancied.

Banoffee Macarons recipe

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Great British Bake Off: Banoffee Macarons - recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • For the Macarons:
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 3 egg whites
  • pinch of salt
  • 40g caster sugar
  • yellow food colouring paste
  • 50g yoghurt coated banana chips
  • For the ganache filling:
  • 150g dark chocolate, flavoured with caramel - we used Lindt caramel
  • 150ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon light muscovado sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • For the banoffee filling:
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 large ripe banana
Instructions
  1. To make the Macarons
  2. Mix the icing sugar and ground almonds in a food processor until well blended.
  3. In a separate, clean bowl, whisk the egg whites and salt until a firm peak begins to appear.
  4. Continue to whisk as you add the caster sugar, one teaspoon at a time, until the mixture is thick and glossy.
  5. Add a small amount of food colouring paste and mix well in until you have a bright yellow colour.
  6. Fold the almond mixture into the eggs until you have a smooth dropping consistency.
  7. Lay a sheet of baking parchment onto a heavy baking tray, and use a circular template (we used the larger end of our piping bag nozzle) to draw circles into which you will pipe the mixture.
  8. Pipe using a 1cm nozzle on a piping bag.
  9. Once all the mixture is piped, bang the tray on the work surface to cause any air bubble to rise to the surface, and leave to rest for at least 30 minutes - this is important to form the skin which will give you the distinctive frilly edge of the macarons.
  10. Break the banana chips into smaller pieces and top half the macarons with a piece each.
  11. Bake for 10 minutes at 170 deg C (325F).
  12. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray.
  13. For the ganache:
  14. Chop the chocolate and tip into a heatproof bowl.
  15. In a small saucepan heat the cream and sugar until it comes to the boil.
  16. Pour the cream mix over the chocolate and stir until melted.
  17. Leave to chill in the fridge.
  18. For the banoffee filling:
  19. Place the sugar and 2 tbsps water in a pan over a low heat, and let the sugar dissolve.
  20. Increase the heat and bring to the boil, continuing to heat until the liquid turns a caramel colour.
  21. Remove from the heat and stir in the sliced banana.
  22. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth, then chill.
  23. To assemble the macarons:
  24. Spread the underside of the plain macarons with ganache. Drop a teaspoon of banoffee mixture onto the ganache, and top with the banana chipped macarons.

Phew! That’s a lot of instructions! It is time consuming, but if you are patient it’s not difficult to make a good macaron. Making it look perfect is another matter. I’m told it takes practice – we’re on our 6th go 😉

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