Thanksgiving Macaron Centerpiece: Pumpkin Spice Macarons

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Hey all! How are your thanksgiving preparations going? did you plan your menus, finish the grocery shopping and shine the silver already or are you more of a last minute type (like me?) I have been seeing posts and tweets about turkey thawing, and pie-crust rolling and I can't help getting caught up in the excitement. I always miss my large family during holiday season and wish there were more of us on the West Coast. But I can't complain too much since I was blessed to see my awesome cousins recently and had my mom-in-law visiting us until last week. So this year Thanksgiving looks to be a small affair with my little family and plans to meet a couple of friends after which we three are heading off for a short trip. It didn't seem natural to not do any cooking or baking though, so here is a thanks giving center piece idea: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Macarons! 

Making these and piling them into glass jars or stacking them on cake stands along with little pumpkins, squash, pine cones and autumn leaves seemed like a good idea to add some festive cheer to your table. They would make great hostess gifts too I'm thinking :)

I haven't made macarons in a while and recently a couple of friends were discussing them and I felt that familiar itch to bake them all over again. Looks like my macobsession is back eeeeeks! These pint sized treats are perfect to nibble on while waiting for the caramel cardamom pumpkin pie or swirly pumpkin-ginger  cheesecake to be served. Another interesting fall macaron idea is this Ginger Spice Macaron

Oh and I discovered that you don't need cream to make ganache. Ok so I forgot to buy cream. But the important thing  is- you don't need it! Make ganache with chocolate and ...milk! You can thank me now and Nigella who apparently knew too. 

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For how to bake macarons refer my step by step  post with tips and tricks  here
I added an eight of a tsp of red powder colouring from the Indian grocery store. This colour is often used in savoury indian cooking and just a little imparts a deep orange hue. 

I kept my shells unflavoured but you could add some spices to the shell batter as well. 

For the Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Ganache Filling

Ingredients
50 ml milk or cream
100 gms chocolate chips
1 tbsp butter (optional )
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Heat the milk or cream until simmering at the edges
Pour over the chocolate and stir until it melts
Stir in the spices and the butter and mix well until all the chocolate has melted and the ganache is smooth
Keep in the fridge to set until scoopable and spoon or pipe between the shells.

Note: I am not sure about how this ganache will work for purposes other than filling macs though I am pretty sure that it should do fine. (Yay freedom from the tyranny of cream!) I will experiment, but if you do try it before I do, to say frost a cake, do let me know! Also I did make it once without the butter and thought it was just a little harder to set, but not noticeably so. I am also betting that these macs would taste great with some pumpkin butter filling. Perhaps next year! 

36 comments:

  1. Haha!!what a coincidence...I too added milk to my ganache today as I forgot to get cream and it works, doesn't it!! Lovely mac rose, I love flavoured shells alot and I flavour them rather than leaving it plain:) I love that orange hue, just perfect.

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    1. Yes! Am so glad it works and am happy to be back to baking macs! Thanks Shabs! Will add the spices to the shells next time :) I see many, many more batches of macs in the near future!

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  2. aaah lovely macs rose; the blend of flavours and the orangey hue- yum. Seasons Greetings

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  3. Totally in love with this and the pics are stunning Rose.

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  4. i loved the pics..a mac centre table sounds absolutely fab!

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    1. Thank you so much Nisha I LOVE all your pics so this is making me very happy :)

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  5. Omg, cant take my eyes from ur stunning macarons,beautifully done Rose, can i get some mac rite now pls:).

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    1. Priya I am up to my ears in macarons so PLEASE come over and finish them for me :)

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  6. mmmm...... macarons with pumpkins. New to me. Adipoli clicks.

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    1. Thanks Zareena! I did want to use some pumpkin butter in the filling, but I used pumpkin pie spice only, no pumpkin puree/butter this time! Maybe next year!

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  7. That center piece would be gorgeous Rose...but i wonder how long it would last...well i would eat it all ;) LOL!!!

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    1. haha you are right that is a bit of a problem :)

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  8. looks very yummy and delicious.. lovely presentation..

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  9. Loving the pics and the idea of the center piece!! and i just made my ganache with milk too (for my brownie)! it set beautifully. Best part i like about it is, it is very controllable, add less or more milk and make it thick or runny! :) Love how ur macs are season themed! :) Macs make everything look so much more special!

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  10. They look beautiful and i love the idea if the gnache too.

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  11. Rose! It's been a while :) love the shades of orange in this post, so so gorgeous! and the macaons look perfect too. i haven't ventured into them since my first attempt

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  12. I love ganache without cream too, and without milk! well basically just melted chocolate is enuff for me. YOur macs look lovely and professionally done. I love autumn season feel here.

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