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Hazelnut Almond Dacquoise with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

5 Aug

I’ve been planning this in my head for almost a full month now. This is my 100th post on my blog, and I’m so thrilled to share it!
I finally got the hazelnuts last night and I was excited I could barely sleep. This is definitely something you should plan ahead for, or have a whole day devoted to cooking. I blanched my nuts and ground them the night before and prepped my buttercream the day before that. I use homemade aquafaba which may be a bit stronger than the canned kind – be sure it’s thick before attempting this. The ganache should be made close to when you start putting it together, but try not to pour it on warm as it will melt the buttercream. This recipe for vegan Italian Meringue Buttercream would be an excellent choice on this if you have the time to make it!

This recipe is highly adapted (read:made easier) from here, which I believe was originally published by America’s Test Kitchen here. Lisa Masaar originally posted her veganized version of the recipe in the Vegan Meringue Facebook group here. I adapted it from there, partially to imitate Sweet Maresa’s beautiful creationsHazelnut Almond Dacquoise with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate GanacheHazelnut Almond Dacquoise with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

Hazelnut Almond Dacquoise with Espresso Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Macarons

2 Aug

My home town high school had a breakfast available every morning for the kids who were dropped off early or who rode the bus. My favorite was breakfast pizza (the cafeteria would be full every other Thursday morning.) This is, unfortunately, not a recipe for breakfast pizza macarons. The other popular breakfast there were the Smuckers Uncrustables peanut butter sandwiches, because apparently it was too hard to make real peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These macarons remind me of the cloying, sweet flavor of those sandwiches in a bite size package.
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If this is your first time here, be sure to check out Charis’s recipes at Floral Frosting, as she is the creator of this recipe. She’s got some beautiful recipes there, her buttercream is one of our favorites! You also should take a look at the Vegan Meringue Facebook group for more amazing recipes. If you have trouble with the directions, try reading my troubleshooting guide for a little more in depth description.

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Lazy Samoas

27 Jul

A few Christmases ago I received Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar and it sat on my shelf for months before I finally opened it up. Once I did, I baked as many of the recipes as I could and sent them off to work with my husband. The consensus thus far is that the caramel pecan bars are the best, but these are a close second. Here’s where to buy it!!

I decided to try using aquafaba instead of flax egg in these and I wasn’t quite sure it would work. To my surprise, it worked perfectly and resulted in a fluffy and chewy cookie, as opposed to the dense flax – egg cookie. If you loved the covered shortbread girl scout cookies by the same name, you will love these, plus they’re way easier to make!

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Vegan Lemon Thyme Macarons

24 Jul

I was really intrigued by the idea of infusing aquafaba with different flavors and I have some beautiful thyme growing in my garden this summer. These macarons combined the savory flavor of thyme with a sweet lemon filling and are a perfect light treat.

Be sure to check out my macaron troubleshooting guide for a step by step with pictures!

As always, a big thanks to Charis at Floral Frosting for the vegan macaron recipe and inspiration! Check out the aquafaba Facebook group for more recipes involving aquafaba!

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Blue Tahini Macarons

14 Jul

Heather at Let’s Go Bake A Cake shared these macarons almost two months ago and I’ve been wanting to try them ever since. I love the idea of tahini filling, as it’s one of my favorite flavors. I thought I’d make them aqua colored and photograph them on top of chickpeas as my little joke on aquafaba. Admit it, it’s pretty funny.

I went back to using the measurements created by Floral Frosting as I’ve had more success with her recipe than any other one.

Blue Tahini Macarons

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Vanilla Macaron with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache

5 Jul

I started these macarons with intention of filling then with a rum ganache, but the bottle that I thought was rum was whiskey instead. Definitely a sign of as new parent-I don’t even know what alcohol we have anymore!! I figured whiskey would work just as well as rum and if nothing else they were still chocolate and delicious.

Check out Floral Frosting for more great recipes!

Vanilla Macaron with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache
Vanilla Macaron with Chocolate Whiskey Ganache

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Birthday Cake Macarons with Funfetti Filling

25 Jun

Who doesn’t love anything birthday cake flavored?? These are great for birthdays, holidays, or my favorite, breakfast :). My coworkers have requested this flavor multiple times, so I’ve made it at least 3 times now!!

Birthday Cake Macarons with Funfetti Filling

If you have any issues with the recipe, don’t be afraid to comment below, or check out my previous post on troubleshooting .

As always, I have to thank Charis at Floral Frosting for creating the macaron recipe! If you haven’t already watched it, she created this awesome video that illustrates the macaron making process and the crucial step, the macaronagge.
P.S. Check out the aquafaba Facebook group for more great recipes!

Birthday Cake Macarons with Funfetti Filling

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Coconut Macaroons

24 Jun

Weeks before I started attempting macarons, I made this beautiful batch of macaroons. There’s major differences between the two – one is a drop cookie, the other is piped, one has coconut, the other has almond. However, they are both delicious! My little one couldn’t keep her hands out of my macaroons (but she loves macarons now!)

Vegan Coconut Macaroons

Yet again, this recipe uses the legendary aquafaba, which is now becoming mainstream. If you aren’t already a member, you should definitely join the vegan meringue group on Facebook. I found that these really needed a little more body to hold the cookie together and I already liked the coconut macaroon recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, so I added aquafaba to the recipe. The aquafaba adds a nice sheen to the cookie and a little more moisture, but the recipe is also great without it. They are best enjoyed with cute babies and a glass of milk!

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Strawberry Lemonade Macarons

23 Jun

I decided to start from scratch with my macaron recipe after many (MANY) attempts. I wanted a shell that was a little thicker and could possibly withstand a higher temperature of baking. See my previous post for more details. Spoiler alert: it can’t. However, it performs great under the baking conditions Charis at Floral Frosting created! If you haven’t already watched it, she created this awesome video that illustrates the macaron making process and the crucial step, the macaronagge.

These are a great summer flavor, especially after chilling in the refrigerator overnight! I love the combination of lemon and strawberry, and the bright color is perfect for this sunny time of year.

If you have any issues with the recipe, don’t be afraid to comment below, or check out my previous post on troubleshooting .

P.S. Check out the aquafaba Facebook group for more great recipes!

Strawberry Lemonade Macarons

Strawberry Lemonade Macarons

Strawberry Lemonade Macarons

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Forgotten Angel Kisses

18 Jun

When I was little, my mom made these chocolate chip meringue cookies for holidays and my birthday treat at school. I love mint and chocolate combined and the light, airy texture of meringue is the perfect vessel for it!

I posted these a few months ago in the Vegan Meringue Facebook group, but finally decided to post the recipe!

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