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Peppermint Crisp Macarons

I love a chocolate bar as much as the next person. Even though I’m a self-confessed chocolate snob and prefer dark chocolates and truffles from high-end chocolatiers, sometimes I’m sometimes just as content to grab something from the lolly aisle at Coles. In particular, I find it hard to resist the underrated Peppermint Crisp bars.

I had plans to make macarons again after being left with a whole lot of egg whites after baking Momofuku Milk Bar’s Crack Pie. As I was also having friends over for dinner this week, I thought I’d do an after dinner macaron; minty green with a dark chocolate, minted ganache. Mmm….

Peppermint Crisp Macarons

Unfortunately, on this occasion the macaron making wasn’t so problematic. I used Italian meringue (the syrup for which I flavoured with fresh mint leaves) which gave the macarons a nice sheen but I do need to work on getting them rounder (uniformly) and taller. Rather, I had issues with the ganache. I only had Green & Black’s 85% dark chocolate in the fridge but figured it couldn’t hurt. Wrong! There’s just not enough sugar in it to form a sticky ganache. I just ended up with a coagulated mess.

Peppermint Crisp Macarons

What to do? Hubby had polished off my Green & Black milk chocolate (he doesn’t get that the pantry is not for storing food for idle snacking!) and I only had two Peppermint Crisp bars… Eureka! I crushed up one bar (and popped it into the freezer) and melted the other into my cream to make a minty ganache. I added a couple of pieces of leftover 85% to give it a bit of bitterness but the ganache held! Huzzah!

Once the ganache cooled down enough, I mixed in the chilled crushed Peppermint Crisp bar and excitedly filled my macarons. La voila!

Looking forward to making more chocolate bar inspired macarons.

Peppermint Crisp Macarons

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    September 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Perfect! You’ve taken a lolly aisle treat and turned it into a high end dessert :)

    • Moni

      September 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you! It’s seems to be all the rage right? I fell in love with that deconstructed Snickers Bar dessert on Masterchef… Still far to go before I try something like that but we can play around with macarons in the meantime :D

  2. Apex

    September 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Those macarons look awesome, they have nice height and a frilly foot. The colour makes them look a bit toxic!

    • Moni

      September 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks :) I’m slowly getting my macarons tall and footed :D Colour is really about trial and error unfortunately. The macrons ended up being more Shrek green than I wanted but I did want a high impact colour too. Might add a touch of blue next time lol.

  3. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    September 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I love the green!! The flavour combo is fantastic!

    • Moni

      September 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Ellie :) I’m kinda liking the idea of calling it the Shrek’s Macaron! Maybe if they bring out another sequel I’ll make another batch XD

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