Very important: splatter around with the toothbrush!
Wormholes, strange planets and glowing stars: our fascination with the universe is as infinite as space itself. Distant stars that we we can see but never reach still exert a pull that's difficult to escape. With this recipe you can bring galaxies from far, far away right to your kitchen counter.
- 10⅔ oz icing sugar, in 4 portions of 2⅔ oz
- 6 oz ground almonds, in 4 portions of 1½ oz
- 5 oz egg white, in 4 portions of 1¼ oz
- 1⅓ oz sugar, in 4 portions of ⅓ oz
- food coloring in blue, purple, black und white
- 2 tbsp condensed milk
- 1⅔ fl oz cream
- 5⅓ oz melted white chocolate
1. Sieve the first portions of icing sugar and almonds. The sieving is very important for the quality of the dough! Beat a portion of the egg white until stiff and add in a portion of sugar, and some blue food coloring just before you stop stirring. Fold the icing sugar-almond mix into the beaten egg white a little at a time.
2. Repeat the process three times with the remaining portions of ingredients. Dye each dough portion a different color.
3. Transfer each portion of dough into a small piping bag without a nozzle. Cut the tips off and place the small bags together in a large piping bag with a nozzle.
4. Use the piping bag to create small macarons on a baking tray lined with baking paper. To do this, move the piping bag in a circular motion. Then bake the macarons with the heat set to above and below for 13 minutes at 300°F.
5. Stir white food coloring into the condensed milk. Dip a clean toothbrush into the condensed milk and pull your finger over the bristles to splatter little stars onto the macarons.
6. Boil the blackberries and strain them through a sieve. Stir the cream and melted chocolate into the blackberry purée, before leaving it to cool for 30 minutes. Then beat it into an airy cream with an electric whisk.
7. Squeeze a blob of cream onto a macaron and sit another macaron on top of it. Press them together so the cream reaches the edges.
If the fancy takes you, you can vary the colors of the dough to suit your taste: how about using soft pastel shades for a cool watercolor effect? If you color the dough portions in subtly different shades, from dark pink to light pink for example, you can conjure up a neat ombré effect. Or strong shades of blue, green and turquoise look amazing and fit with the current mermaid trends. You could also try our recipe for Raspberry Macarons.