Following this theme, we created some burger-inspired macarons for National Burger Day. National Burger Day was celebrated throughout the UK, on the 27th of August 2014, with great offers on burgers and plenty of Burger Facts being passed around.
While we can, by no means, claim to be the first ones to create "Macaron Burgers," as evidenced by a google image search of "Burger Macaron" along with these advertisements by McDonald's France, we do think ours look pretty darn cute!
And, beyond the cute façade lies a very well thought out recipe combining rich dark chocolate ganache (as the meat patty), subtle vanilla buttercream (as the mayonaise) and fresh apple slivers (as the beetroot coleslaw topping).
If you have your own idea for some bespoke styled macarons, please get in touch with us. We always enjoy a challenge and find much pleasure in creating macarons that are both tasty and aesthetically pleasing.
During the time we have spent baking and selling macarons, we have noticed that it is a common theme for children (and some adults) to describe a macaron as a biscuit that looks like a tiny hamburger. While macarons are actually cakes and not biscuits, (due to the various qualities of the confection, see: Jaffa Cake Case), we do agree that they resemble our favourite meaty comfort food, the hamburger!
In today's world, it is not uncommon to come across people who must exclude certain foods from their diets due to allergies or intolerances. However, not all intolerances and allergies are created equal. While nut allergies and lactose intolerance are fairly easily diagnosed and catered for by the food industry, gluten sensitivity and Coeliac Disease are more difficult to diagnose and have not be widely catered for, until very recently.
In fact, many people are still unaware of what gluten actually is, or the variety of different foods and products in which it is found. By definition, gluten is a protein compound found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye; which is used in products to increase elasticity, giving them a chewy texture. Products as diverse as bread, chocolate bars, cosmetics, hair products, cakes and vegetarian meat alternatives can all contain gluten.
For those with gluten sensitivity, eating products containing gluten triggers their immune system, causing internal and external inflammation and digestive problems which can lead to intestinal damage. However, gluten sensitivity and the very serious Coeliac Disease, often go undiagnosed, because there are over 300 associated symptoms which can often be misdiagnosed as signs of other ailments, according to the Gluten Intolerance Group.
Recently, those with Coeliac Disease and gluten sensitivity are having their voices heard more through organisations like Coeliac UK, as well as individuals and bloggers like Intolerant London.
Macarons are obviously a big part of our daily lives here at the Ganache Macaron Bakery. Most of our days are spent baking macarons, speaking about macarons, teaching macaron baking classes and, of course, eating macarons. It may be a little bit strange, but whenever we find out something interesting about our beloved macarons, we want to share our knowledge with the world. In aid of our cause to raise general awareness and appreciation of our beloved macaron, we have decided to put together a little list of interesting macaron facts. We hope that you enjoy it!
Day to day musings from the team at Ganache Macaron, on macarons, events, London life and what's baking our kitchen!