A week last Friday, when it was Valentine’s Day marked the end of a very busy week for us. We had just got over a nasty flu virus and were still not feeling one hundred per cent. The last thing on my mind was Valentine’s Day. To be honest I don’t really care much for Valentine’s Day, if you love someone you show them every day, not just on 14th February. I do like to buy my hubby a card, we have a nice meal at home and I bake something for him. It’s usually a big chocolate cake but this year I wanted to make something different.
After I had managed to bake some pistachio and hazelnut macaroons a few weeks back, I was keen to try another recipe. My hubby was pleased when I bought some macaroons home from Betty’s in Harrogate once and he enjoyed them. So once again I turned to my trusty Nigella book “How To Be A Domestic Goddess” which I am baking from for this month’s Cooking The Books challenge. Nigella has a recipe for Chocolate Macaroons within the Chocolate chapter of her book. These sounded utterly sublime sandwiched together with a swirl of chocolate ganache.
So off I nipped to Morrisons to buy some chocolate and cream to make the recipe. I had everything else in the cupboard and I hoped that Nigella’s method for making the macaroons would work as well as Lorraine Pascale’s did the previous time.
I needn’t have worried. The macaroons came off the baking tray perfectly and I spread chocolate ganache in between two shells to sandwich them together.
When my hubby got home he ate a couple with a cup of tea and said they were delicious. My appetite had begun to come back after my flu virus so I must admit I sneaked a couple out of the tin, so did my daughter. They vanished very quickly. I will definitely bake them again as they worked out so well. I need to try some other flavours, my daughter has asked if I’ll make some raspberry ones.
Love Sam xx