Thursday, September 15, 2011

Salted buttered popcorn macarons with salted caramel

Ever since I saw this, it had never left the top of my macaron flavours to-make list. I mean, salted buttered popcorn and salted caramel? Hello? Do I really need to even attempt to persuade you? ;)



I even bought a bag of popcorn kernels a few months back, thinking that I should always be "ready" in case the urge hits to whip up those popcorn macarons and I wouldn't want to be hindered by the lack of popcorn in the house. In fact, I've also never actually popped my own popcorn prior, but I've always read online that it's really easy to pop popcorn at home.


I had leftover egg whites again from another baking session and I decided that it was high time I dethroned the tempting macaron flavour from its top spot of my to-make list. And finally took out the bag of poorly neglected popcorn kernels from its dusty spot in the pantry cupboard.


It's not a joke that it's really a no-brainer to pop popcorn. It seriously took me all of within 5 minutes to get a pot full of freshly popped popcorn that I was quite surprised myself. You can bet I'm gonna be popping my own popcorn from now onwards (when the once in a long while craving hits that is...).

I seasoned the popcorn with melted butter and salt, and when cooled, crushed about a cup of it in the food processor to get popcorn bits. I think if I'm to make this again, I might go the caramel popcorn way. While the salted popcorn contributed to a salty factor in the overall macarons, it got stale pretty fast too. Perhaps crunchy caramel popcorn might possibly have a longer crunch shelf life?



The macarons tasted sweet and salty, just how I like my popcorn to be - mixed. The sweetness was from the shells and salted caramel, and the salty factor, surprisingly was more from the buttery salted popcorn bits sprinkled atop the macaron shells than the salted caramel. Finally. I can say adiós to this long anticipated flavour. The next in line to the throne? Hmmm it would be a fair fight between bacon with maple buttercream and strawberries and cream. ;)

14 comments:

  1. Oh my they look beautiful! Each and every macaron looks so exquisite and perfect! Did you use a French or Italian meringue method, if you don't mind me asking? And did the popcorn bits go stale after you put them in the fridge or just on the day itself? Thanks :)

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  2. Very creative! And beautiful photos!

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  3. thanks! i used the itlaian meringue method. hmmm i couldnt tell cos i didnt eat it on the day itself cos i wanted the flavours to mature so i only tasted it the day aft, and the popcorn bits has alr gone stale aft one day. hee. :)

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  4. this is also to my to-do flavour. I've tried the bacon and maple combination. sweet and salty. do try :)

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  5. this is also my to-do flavour. I've tried the maple and bacon combi, it's nice. Sweet and salty as well. the popcorn does go soft and stale after keeping the macarons in the fridge eh? 

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  6. Love salted caramel a lot !! Interesting use of popcorn on top! brilliant =)

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  7. i saw yr maple bacon too! it's really tempting me man...haha. hmmm, yeah cos i assume the popcorn wasnt v crunchy to begin with (since it's not caramel popcorn).

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  8. Just found your blog via 6BitterSweets...these look so delicious! I reckon they'd be awesome with crunchy caramel popcorn too - definitely worth a try :-)

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  9. Those macarons look so pretty! And the clicks make me swoon...heavenly!

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  10. Looks delish! Where's the recipe?

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  11. Hi! I'm Anjo from Munchcraft, and I just wanted to let you know that I posted a picture and link of your macaron as part of my eatpraylove series. Because your macarons are awesome and deserve lots of love. And eating. Hope it's okay? If not, let me know and I'll take it down ASAP. Thanks! :D :D :D

    http://munchcraft.anjosblogzine.com/2013/02/eatpraylove-day-2.html

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  12. These are so amazing! I love the sweet and salty combo. Really original.

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