Y'all know I live in Australia, which is pretty great generally, but one thing we don't have is graham crackers.
I know what is with that! Of course we have other crackers (or biscuits as we call them) but nothing quite like graham crackers so sadly no s'mores for us.
But I'm not one to mope about and I decided to turn a batch of macaron shells I had sitting about into m'mores.
Oh boy, they were good, but I don't have to tell you that. In my book pretty much anything with flowing warm chocolate and melty marshmallows is a win in baking terms. Messy but oh so good.
And then in my warm gooey sugar haze I thought, what if I put an Oreo cookie in as well.
I think the picture above speaks for itself.
I've topped my M'mores with edible gold leaf , but it's a completely visual thing so you can leave it off if you like. If you do decide to use it make sure it's the edible version from a reliable source (In Australia try Cakes Around Town, in the US try Amazon Edible Gold Leaf Sheets CLICK HERE )
M'mores Recipe (macarons with melted marshmallow and chocolate)
M'mores are of course best eaten immediately to experience the warm ganache and melted marshmallow. However filled macarons can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
40 Macaron Shells colored brown or caramel (Click here for my recipe)
10 Large marshmallows (or 20 regular marshmallows)
100 g dark chocolate
50 g cream
Optional - Edible Gold Leaf
Make chocolate ganache by placing the cream and chocolate into a microwave safe dish and heating at medium for 2 minutes, let stand for a minute and use a hand whisk until all chocolate is melted. If lumps still remain heat at 30 second intervals until all the chocolate is melted.
Place ganache into a ziplock bag or disposable piping bag and set aside until required.
Place half the macarons on a baking tray with the hard shell facing down.
Cut marshmallows in half and place on top of the macarons on the baking tray. Push the sticky cut side of the marshmallow gently onto the macaron shell.
Optional - brush a very small amount of water onto the top of the remaining macarons and adhere a small amount of edible gold to the top of each macaron shell.
Set a rack in the oven near the top and turn the grill (broiler) on high. Place the marshmallow topped macarons under the grill (broiler) and cook until the marshmallows turn golden. Alternatively you can use a handheld kitchen blowtorch to toast the marshmallows.
Cut a small hole in the corner of the ziplock bag holding the ganach and pipe dollops of ganache onto the top of each macaron. Press a macaron half onto the top of the warm ganache.
Oreo Macaron Variation You will require 20 Oreo Cookies.
Follow instructions as above, after you have piped ganach onto the top of the marshmallow, press an oreo on top and then pipe a small amount of ganache onto the top of the Oreo. Finally press the other macaron shell on top.
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores.
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