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Spooky Delight: Black Out Spider Macarons for a Halloween Treat!


Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some deliciously spooky treats? As someone with a special fondness for Halloween, I wanted to create a dessert that embodies the essence of this fun and thrilling holiday. Enter the "Black Out Spider Macarons," a treat that combines the delightful flavors of black sesame seeds and black cocoa powder in a creepy yet tasty dessert.

The Inspiration: Black is the New Orange

When brainstorming for a Halloween dessert, my mind naturally gravitated towards the color black. It's a hue that symbolizes mystery and intrigue, making it perfect for this occasion. Black sesame seeds and black cocoa powder immediately came to mind. I was eager to marry these flavors, as black cocoa provides a rich chocolatey taste while black sesame adds a delightful nutty dimension. To ensure a uniform black color, I added a touch of black gel food coloring.

Halloween Magic: A Night of Ghoulish Delights

Halloween holds a special place in my heart, as it's a night to relive the joys of childhood. From dressing up in spooky costumes to indulging in a plethora of candies and desserts, the festivities always bring out the kid in me. Creating these Black Out Spider Macarons is my way of adding a touch of magic to this already enchanting night.

Recipe: Black Sesame Macaron Shells

Ingredients:

  • 52g egg whites

  • 44g sugar

  • 12g ground black sesame seeds

  • 58g almond flour

  • 60g powdered sugar

  • *Optional: Black gel food coloring

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Meringue: In a clean bowl, whip the egg whites until frothy. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to whisk until stiff peaks form.

  2. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, mix the ground black sesame seeds, almond flour, and powdered sugar. If you are adding black food coloring, this is the time to add it. Start with a small dot and add more to it as desired. Food coloring does develop over time so try for a deep grey.

  3. Fold the Ingredients: Gently fold the dry ingredient mixture into the meringue until a smooth, shiny batter forms.

  4. Pipe the Macaron Shells: Transfer the batter into a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe small circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

  5. Rest and Preheat: Allow the piped macaron shells to rest for about 30 minutes to develop a skin. You will know when it is ready because you should be able to touch the macaron without any tackiness. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 310°F.

  6. Bake: Bake the shells for 15-17 minutes, rotating the tray halfway through.


Recipe: Black Cocoa Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup black cocoa powder

  • Milk (start with 3 tablespoons and add more as needed for desired texture)

Directions:

  1. Cream the Butter: In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.

  2. Add Cocoa and Vanilla: Mix in the black cocoa powder and vanilla extract until well combined.

  3. Incorporate Powdered Sugar: Gradually add powdered sugar, mixing until smooth and creamy. Adjust consistency with milk as needed.

Decorating Your Spooky Masterpiece

To complete these spider-themed macarons (See video tutorial below):

  1. Create the Spider Web: Decorate one half of the macaron shell with a white royal icing or melted coating chocolate in a spider web design.

  2. Add the Spider: Place a purple royal icing or melted coating chocolate spider on top of the spider web.

  3. Share Your Creations: Don't forget to share your creations by tagging me @ds_bakeshopaz! I'd love to see your spooky and delicious macarons.




Halloween is all about embracing the mysterious and the fun, and these Black Out Spider Macarons are the perfect embodiment of both. Happy baking and have a spooktacular Halloween! 🕷🖤


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