Chai Macarons with Chocolate Henna


I had a lot of fun dreaming up and creating these macarons. I incorporated some of my favourite flavours - chai and chocolate - as well as making them look super pretty.

They are inspired to a degree by these Sprinkle Bakes Mehndi Spice Cookies, and the recipe I used also came from my Sprinklebakes book (it's my go-to macaron recipe, along with some helpful hints from this macaron book). The basic macaron recipe can be found here, or use any macaron recipe you are confident with.


RECIPE TIPS

For the shells:

  • Mix in about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, cloves, or any sweet spice you prefer, to the dry almond meal/sugar mixture

For the filling: Chai-spiced white chocolate ganache

  • Melt 250g white cooking chocolate in a heatproof dish set over a saucepan of simmering water
  • Whisk in 100ml of heavy cream to the melted chocolate until smooth
  • Stir in a teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon each of mixed spice and ground cloves (or any similar ratio to your taste)
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Chai latte mixture such as Arkadia Spice Chai (or just double the other spices as an alternative)
  • Add half a teaspoon of salt (this is important to soften the super-sweet white chocolate and bring out the other flavours!)
  • The mixture will lose its smoothness with the addition of spices, but don't worry, it still tastes good!

For the decorations
  • Half-fill a small/medium ziplock bag with dark cooking chocolate and place, open, in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave in 10-15 second batches, stirring in between, until melted.
  • Stir in half a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the melted chocolate. This will make it smoother, easier to pipe and will not crack as easily - I forgot this step and regretted it!
  • Seal the bag, and snip a tiny hole in the corner to pipe the chocolate from. Test out your piping skills and make the hole larger if needed. Of course, you could also use a proper piping bag, but I don't have one.
  • Pipe simple henna designs (like this and this) on top of your macarons - Google 'simple henna designs' if you need more ideas. You'll probably start out with some really messy and ugly designs (I definitely did), but once you get the hang of piping the designs, they'll look great.
  • Microwave the bag of chocolate for 10 seconds or so if it starts to harden, and refill if necessary. 
  • I recommend piping the decorations, letting them set, and then assembling the macarons with the filling.


Good luck and have fun on your macaron-making adventures! Making macs is time-consuming and takes a lot of concentration, but I love the challenge and the beautiful results.

And always remember: macaron ≠ macaroon!









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Hello there, we're Maddie and Ellen; two friends blogging about the things we find beautiful, fascinating and inspiring. We love DIY projects, fashion, food, art and music. Our aim is to never stop creating and learning.

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