Graham Hornigold's mars macaron recipe is a playful take on the classic chocolate bar, and the perfect gift for the chocolate fiend in your life. Graham's macaron selection (and other desserts) draws in the crowds at Yauatcha, famed for its display of spectacular pastry creations
Graham Hornigold’s expert pastry skills have been refined in some of the best restaurants and hotels in London. As Executive Pastry Chef of Hakkasan Group, he brings a delicate, refreshing touch to their restaurants’ dessert menus.
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To start the macarons, place the ingredients for the ground almond base into a bowl. Whisk until smooth, then set aside
300g of ground almonds
300g of icing sugar
110g of egg white
For the Italian meringue base, place the egg whites into a food mixer and whisk on a low speed. While the egg whites are whisking, add the water and 280g of the sugar to a pan and place over a medium-high heat
110g of egg white
55g of water
280g of caster sugar
Once the sugar is boiling and has reached 105°C, increase the speed of the food mixer and add the extra 20g of sugar to stabilise the meringue
20g of caster sugar
Once the sugar reaches 118°C, reduce the speed of the food mixer and gently pour the liquid sugar down the side of the mixing bowl into the egg whites. Increase the whisking speed again for 1 minute
Stop the machine, add the brown food colouring, then turn the mixer back on to a medium speed, whisking the meringue until it has cooled to body temperature and is fluffy and thick
3g of brown food colouring
Add a third of the Italian meringue into the ground almond base and mix until smooth and fully incorporated. Add the remaining meringue in two parts, allowing the mix to blend smoothly each time. Mix until smooth and shiny
Place the meringue mixture into a piping bag with 1cm nozzle and pipe 4.5cm bulbs of the meringue onto a lined baking tray. Preheat the oven to 130°C/gas mark 1, and leave the macarons to sit out for 30 minutes until a dry skin forms on top
Place the macarons into the preheated oven for 17-18 minutes – when ready, they should just peel off the tray. Leave to cool, then pair according to size for a top and bottom
For the malt ganache, combine the malt extract and chocolate together in a Thermomix or food procesor. In a pan, bring the cream to the boil and pour over the chocolate, which should begin to melt
135g of malt extract
200g of Cacao Barry 'Fleur de Cao', 70%
150g of whipping cream
After 30 seconds, gently start the Thermomix or blender and mix on a moderate speed until it forms a smooth ganache. Add the butter to the ganache and continue mixing for 1-2 minutes, until the appearance is smooth and glossy. Transfer into a piping bag fitted with a 1/4cm nozzle allow this to set at room temperature before piping
15g of unsalted butter
For the nougat, add the egg whites to a food mixer bowl and whisk on a medium speed. Meanwhile, add the honey, sugar, glucose and water to a pan and heat beyond boiling point, until it reaches 121°C
75g of egg white
185g of honey
Gently pour the hot honey mix over the whisking egg whites. While the honey and egg whites continue to whisk on a medium speed, heat the caster sugar, glucose and water in another pan until it reaches 118°C. Add this to the mixer and leave to whisk until the nougat cools
150g of caster sugar
50g of glucose
60g of water
To temper the chocolate, place 300g of the chocolate chips in a microwave-proof bowl. Place in the microwave on a low wattage (300-400W) and melt, stirring every 45 seconds until completely melted. Continue to heat in the microwave until the chocolate reaches 45˚C
400g of Cacao Barry Extra Bitter 64%, chopped or in chips
Remove from the microwave, add the remaining 100g of chocolate chips and stir to melt. Once the temperature of the chocolate reaches 32˚C, it is ready to use
Pipe a ring of ganache around the edge of the macaron shell, fill the centre with nougat and top with the macaron lid. Dip the macaron in the tempered dark chocolate to coat completely
Place on a tray lined with silicone paper and while the chocolate is still soft, tap the top of the macaron with a fork before leaving to set to create the decorative finish
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