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Chocolate and Hazelnut Macarons

Amazing Chocolate and Hazelnut French Macarons that are made with ground hazelnuts and filled with a Nutella ganache. With my step by step photo guide, you’ll be able to make these delicious, chewy meringue cookies too!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Macarons with Step By Step Photo Guide by Giraffes Can Bake - French Macarons made with ground hazelnuts and filled with a nutella ganache

After my many, many struggles with making macarons, I now really enjoy making them! With all the rules you’re supposed to follow and all the scary stories lots of people will tell you about the horror of macaronage, they can seem very daunting. But once you’ve learned all the tips and tricks and, most importantly, figured out what works for you – you’ll be able to impress everybody with your awesome macarons! In this post I not only have a delicious Chocolate and Hazelnut Macaron recipe for you, but I’m sharing all the tricks I’ve picked up along my journey of learning to make these misunderstood cookies with you – including photos for those of you who are more visual like me! As you might imagine, this is gonna be a long one – but once we’re done, I’m hoping you’ll feel much more confident in macaron making – no matter your baking experience! So hold on to your butts, let’s get started!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Macarons with Step By Step Photo Guide by Giraffes Can Bake - French Macarons made with ground hazelnuts and filled with a nutella ganache

 

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Spider-Man Toffee Apples

spider-man toffee apples

Okay, I have a confession to make – I hate halloween! There, I said it! Don’t throw rocks at me, please! I actually love all the festivities surrounding Halloween, the dressing up, the parties and of course, the baking, but I have this one extreme phobia that ruins the whole holiday for me! That doesn’t mean I can’t take part in the baking fun though, so enter these toffee apples!

spider-man toffee apples

Halloween isn’t all that big in the UK anyway, kids do trick or treat and there’s the odd party, but it’s definitely no where near the scale you find in the US! It’s crazy how much those guys get into the spirit of Halloween, I love it. Or, I would, if I could celebrate Halloween in any way other than hiding in my house until it’s all over! Toffee apples aren’t just a halloween treat, here in the UK we serve them up on Bonfire Night too. 

spider-man toffee apples

 

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