I joined the Mactweets group back in February and have unfortunately not been very good at posting each month (ive been a bit busy) in fact I posted hardly at all. I just managed to make this batch in time for this month deadline but as per normal I dont really have a link to the theme, which this month was favourite films. Im not sure why but I dont actually have just one favourite film. I love movies I just cant think of one when asked? For my macarons I have been trying to come up with my own recipe for the shells so I had another play around and whilst the results looks pretty good they need a little work texture wise, so I wont publish the recipe just yet. For the filling I decided I wanted to use some of the speculoos spread I brought back from Paris. For those of you who dont know what speculoos is it is a belgian spiced cookie. Most people know them as the biscuits in little plastic packets served with coffee. In the UK you can buy them called Lotus biscuits. The spread tastes just as if the biscuits have been blended to a paste. Imagine the texture of peanut butter except it tastes like cookies, yes its addictive stuff.
Speculoos and Milk Chocolate Ganache
150g Milk Chocolate
100g Double Cream
100g Speculoos Spread
1. Chop the chocolate finely and place in a bowl with the speculoos spread.
2. Bring the cream just to the boil then pour over the chocolate, leave for a couple of minutes then mix slowly together to form a smooth ganache.
The speculoos changes the texture of the ganache so it is a little different from what I was hoping for but the flavour is great.
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