Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Nothings

Why is it that French Macroon's always feel like your munching on a sweet slice of air? I mean as much as I love to tell myself that from time to time, trust me, you're absolutely not!
I've been having a love affair for all things snickers lately, yet have always made a bit of a deal with myself that if I'm hankering for something sweet, I can sweat it out in the kitchen and earn it myself. That way not only do I appreciate what it takes to whip up these sweet treats, I also know what's in it!
Inspired by Tartelette {my goodness she's talented} I set out to create a love child from the pairings of a good ol' American Snickers and a light and aloof Parisian Macaroon. Let me tell you, the results are nothing short of flabbergasting! The things that this naughty paring does to your taste buds is nothing short of inappropriate! :)
I like to use Martha's recipe for Parisian Macroons, found here. I also like to add 1/2 a vanilla bean to the meringue mixture.

Filling:

Chocolate Ganache 
1 cup of milk chocolate
1/2 cup of heavy cream.
Bring together over double boiler and continue to mix until smooth

Peanut Butter Nougat 
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1/4 cup of smooth peanut butter
Bring together in saucepan over medium to low heat. Once smooth allow to come to room temperature. You'll then be able to then pull the mixture out of the pan and cut it to desired shapes and sizes.

Caramel Sauce
Use the caramel from this recipe, if you don't have time, a dollop of store bought extra thick caramel topping will do just fine.

Assemble!
Make sure that you have two Macaroons and that the flat sides are facing towards each other. Put a small dollop of caramel on first, then the peanut nougat and then top it off with a blob of chocolate ganache. Sandwich with the second Macaroon and Voila!
Here's to more fabulous and unassuming culinary pairings in the future!

xo tash

45 comments:

  1. Tash you have outdone yourself - these are perfect!!!

    xo,
    Carrie
    Go girl!!

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  2. okay i have to pee myself laughing just a bit...when i was driving home from picking it up def leppard photograph was playing in the car and i was rocking out like it was 1989. your comment sent me into hysterics!!!

    i hope it's not headbangerish b/c i seriously love it. i wore it around the house over my pj pants for awhile today. woops!

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  3. Thanks guys!
    No Carrie that's called genius! I do crazy stuff like that all the time and now I'm living alone for the first time, the secret single behavior is going through the roof! My new fav thing is my fab heals and pyjamas.. go figure.
    xox

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  4. Not only do those look amazing, but I LOVE your ring!

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  5. Ohhh these are making me drewl! they look so scrumptious! xo

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  6. I am beyond impressed! These look so good!

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  7. You are a genius, I LOVE that ultimate Macaroon, BLISS!!!

    xoxo
    J

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  8. These look aMAYzing! I love, love your philosophy too - you wanna know what went into it! Mmmmm....

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  9. Oh hello, lovely. Absolutely bookmarking this. I've never tried a macaron (weep!) and having heard that they're supposedly rather tricky little devils to make I've stayed away from recipes. I did once see Martha's recommend, though, and these look divine. I might have to break down and give it a try.

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  10. these are so cute! looks delicious.

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  11. These lok amazing. I am HUNGRY and its post midnight! P.S. Your ring is amazing too!

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  12. Is that your hand? Cause that ring is just gorgeous! (and me noticing the ring when there is food on display is just remarkable)

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  13. Wow - these look AMAZING! I love me some snickers.

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  14. I must try this recipe. I tried once before but my macarons came out too flat or chewy... But you've inspired me to have another go... xo bb

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  15. You are so, so talented! I live in France and haven't dared to make macarons, so bravo :) Just wanted to drop by and say hi and that you have such a lovely blog! Maybe we could follow each other!

    - the runaway

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  16. I want them. I haven't even had breakfast yet and I am drooling. I don't want to make them, I just want a big platter of them handed to me. Bravo. I MIGHT just try and make macarons over the holidays this year (I say this every year).

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  17. Incredible! I'm very impressed! Can't believe you made those, they look soooo delicious! I'll have to try it one day but I'm so terrible in the kitchen!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & I'm glad we share a love of desserts!! xo

    www.annawithlove.com

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  18. food and jewelry, I'm all about it! I'm completely on the same page as you guys! That ring has been in my family for some time now... It's my most favorite piece of jewelry I own :) Thanks so much for noticing!
    xoxox

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  19. I. LOVE. this! Those macarons look positively sinful and I so, so badly want to attempt it myself! However, I fear I am not adept enough to take a stab at something as airy as a homemade macaron, but rest assured I will be returning to your creation when I decide to venture on!

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  20. I am BEYOND impressed with these! I'm going to bookmark for inspiration, though I know it will probably be a little too advanced for my just-starting-out cooking skills. They even LOOK beautiful. Congrats!!

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  21. those are too cute and look soooo yummy!

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  22. Oh my... can you send few to me too? :P I'm drooling already. I don't really like of macaroons but when you mentioned snickers, peanut butter, nugat and everything - I want that now!!

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  23. Oh my! These look divine...perfect treat! Thank you for encouraging my craving of sweets today! :) xx

    ps thanks for stopping by! see you soon!

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  24. WOW. These look incredible. You had me at Snickers. I wonder if these would be too ambitious of a task for me to make for the Thanksgiving dessert table...

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  25. How beautiful-I hope I can pull off this amazing treat!

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  26. Seriously these look out of this world. Not to mention completely beautiful. I am seriously loving them. Thanks so much for sharing I really appreciate it!

    xo

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  27. Whoa. This has so many good things going for it! Macarons? Snickers? be still my heart.

    I have to make this.

    Happy weekend, tash.
    :)

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  28. Yum yum yum yum yum!

    That's all i can think about now! Thank you babe, have a fab weekend won't you!
    x.o.x.o

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  29. that is the prettiest little snack ever, i wouldn't want to eat it! well, i'm lying, i woudl :)

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  30. Oh yum, looks so good. Almost too pretty to eat!

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  31. Go Tash! These look amazing!!!! Can you believe I've never actually eaten a macaron? I am minorly obsessed with them through pictures. I've never truly thought of making them myself... You're inspiring me! :)

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  32. omg!! I have to try this recipe, not only do they like delicious, they are adorable!!! What a great sweet to serve for a cocktail party. I just came across your blog and have enjoyed reading it. Following!:)


    xo,

    Molly Jane

    PS. Come by and follow me if you want.;)

    www.browneyedcharmer.blogspot.com

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  33. I am on a healthy eating programme and you put me into temptation! Those little things are mouthwatering!

    xoxo,
    Froso from Style Nirvana

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  34. I am giving this to Mr. Deer right now! He is the baker in the family, this definitely needs to be experimented with today! XX!

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  35. I am so impressed..it looks so beyond yummy!
    Following you now!

    xoxo

    http://madlooks.blogspot.com

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  36. I don't love macaroons but I want yours right now. Look at the beautiful things you make and snickers is so the best candy bar in the world.

    You're wonderful Tash!

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  37. these look sooo freakin delicious! I want one...

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  38. These look like all kinds of amazing.

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