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How to Make Doctor Who Inspired Macarons With TARDIS Tea White Chocolate Ganache

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Remember back in March when we talked about those delightfully nerdy fandom teas? Well I found a way to incorporate Cara McGee’s TARDIS blend tea into a Doctor Who inspired macaron. Although I couldn’t get the shells to be that recognizable TARDIS blue I did manage to infuse the TARDIS tea into some cream to create a delicious white chocolate ganache. Think your favorite cuppa in frosting form. British style of course, with cream and sugar because the Doctor wouldn’t have it any other way. These delicate macarons may not save you from the Weeping Angels but they might make you feel timey-wimey. Okay, maybe not but trust me, they were one of the most delicious things I’ve had in all of time and space.

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Macarons with TARDIS White Chocolate Ganache

Makes 36 large shells or 18 sandwiched cookies

 

Blue Macaron Ingredients
adapted from Ms. Humble’s Scatterplot Macarons

  • 120g almond meal
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 100g egg whites
  • 35g granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 5-7 drops Navy Blue Americolor Food Gel
  • Sifter
  • Food Processor
  • Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Piping bag
  • Large round tip

Directions:
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat. Make sure to double up on cookie sheets so your macarons don’t cook too quickly during the baking process. If you have a macaron piping template put it under the parchment paper so you can see where to pipe otherwise you’ll have to take the route I took and trace circles all over the parchment paper as a guide. The size is up to you, I made mine fairly large for a macaron which is why this recipe yielded a small amount for me.

2. Weigh out your almond meal, powdered sugar, egg whites and granulated sugar separately using a kitchen scale.

3. Add your almond meal and powdered sugar into a food processor and pulse until both ingredients are well combined.

4. Sift the almond sugar mixture through a sieve or sifter over a large bowl. We’re using a large bowl because you’ll need the room for the meringue later. After your entire mixture has been sifted it’s time to move to the meringue.

5. Place your egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a bowl or in your stand mixer bowl. Using Bravetart’s guide to making macarons set your stand mixer to 4 or “medium” for 3 minutes. The egg whites won’t look super foamy at this point but that’s okay because we’re no where near done with them. Increase the speed to 7 or “medium-high” for an additional 3 minutes. Then turn up the mixer to 8 for another 3 minutes. At this time it’s best to add your coloring so it’s incorporated evenly into the meringue. At this point you should have a stiff meringue, this means that the meringue should stand up on itself so check your whisk and turn it upside down. Is the meringue clinging tight? Can you turn your bowl over your head and not have a head full of meringue? Good, then that’s the perfect consistency! Be careful not to overmix as you’ll end up with a gritty meringue and won’t be able to complete the macaronage stage.

6. Now here’s where things get scary. The macaronage stage is where you mix the meringue in with the dry ingredients. You can’t beat or stir this you have to gently fold the two together. Pour your meringue into your almond sugar mixture. Using a rubber spatula circle the entirety of the bowl then come straight down the middle with your strokes. You want to get the air out of the meringue without over beating it while still incorporating the almond sugar mixture. The consistency you want should be what people describe as “lava-like”. Basically it should flow onto itself and melt back into the mixture after about 20 seconds. This consistency is usually achieved after 60 strokes. Do a consistency check to see if your mixture is flowing like ribbons of lava.

7. Take an piping bag and fit it with a large round tip. Twist the bag near the tip end so your batter doesn’t flow until you’re ready to pipe. Carefully add your batter to the piping back but be careful not to over fill the bag. Make sure all the air is out of the bag by twisting the open end. Take your full piping bag to your cookie sheets and pipe your shells. Don’t pipe in a circle just center the tip in the middle of your circle and squeeze just before the batter reaches the edges of the circle. Release your pressure on the bag to stop the flow of batter and move onto the remaining shells.

8. After all your shells are piped carefully grab your cookie sheets (while also holding the parchment paper in place) and tap the cookie sheets on a table. It’s okay to be a little rough during this part, we want all the remaining air to rise to the top so we can get the smoothest shells possible. After about 4-5 raps on the table your cookies are ready to dry. Leave them out for about 30-60 minutes until the shells are no longer sticky to the touch.

Preheat your oven to 280 degrees. Put a large cookie tray on the top rack of your oven to shield the shells from over browning. Once your oven reaches 280 degrees place your macarons on the lower third rack. Bake for 15-18 minutes pulling the shells out before they get browned. Some recipes say to keep the oven door propped open a crack to release the steam from the cookies but if you doubled up on the cookie sheets you should be fine. After your cookies are done baking let them cool on the cookie sheet until cool. Do not try removing the cookies from the parchment paper until they are completely cool otherwise you risk losing the bottom of your cookie.

TARDIS Tea White Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping Tbsp. TARDIS blend Tea
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5oz white chocolate pieces

1. Add heavy cream and tea leaves to a medium sauce pan.  Let the cream slowly heat on low. The tea leaves will steep in the cream and turn the cream to a golden brown color.

2. Add your white chocolate to a small bowl. Once your cream begins to bubble it’s time to add it to the white chocolate but you have to remove the loose leaves first. You can use a sieve or tea press for this.

3. Add the warm cream to the white chocolate and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Once the desired consistency has been reached cover and let set in the fridge for 2 hours. When the ganache is chilled it will be easier to spread when you assemble the macarons.

4. Match up your macaron shells up by size in pairs. Grab your chilled ganache and add about a tbsp to one shell and sandwich the cookies together being careful not to crack the fragile shells.

5. Once all the cookies are assembled they need to be chilled for 24 hours to achieve optimal deliciousness. I know, it’s hard especially after all these steps and you can’t even eat one. Trust me, you want that ganache to have time to get all cozy with your macaron shells, it’ll be worth it. After 24 hours, dig in!

Recipe & Photography by Chronicles of a Foodie

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Impress Whovian Party Guests with these Doctor Who Molds

Ain’t no party like a Time Lord party cuz a Time Lord party don’t stop!

Now whovians can party the right way thanks to these Doctor Who-themed silicon molds. These Tardis blue molds are as practical as they are adorable. Besides the obvious ice cube route you could also bake up some Dalek cakes or even whip up some chocolate Tardises!

Actually, thinking about it, some jello Daleks could be pretty sweet. Throw in some booze and voila! You have the coolest jello shots in all of time and space. But we’re not responsible if you run around the house yelling “INTOXICATE” after popping a couple boozy Daleks.

Doctor Who Ice Cube Tray $12.99 @ Thinkgeek

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1-Up Mushroom Pizza Rolls, Because You Can’t Save Princess Peach on An Empty Stomach

Let’s file these under: “Things I need in my life.”

These little 1-Up Mushroom Pizza Rolls are literally the perfect snack to help fuel your endless Super Mario game sessions. Sure, they take a little more time and energy to throw together than say nuking some Totino’s Pizza Rolls, but how else are you supposed to get into the Mario mindset without popping a few 1-Up Shrooms?

Made up of popular pizza toppings, some canned biscuit dough and a little imagination, these pizza puffs are sure to give you life as you try to save Princess Peach . . . AGAIN. But most likely, she’s in another castle.

These are a little messy since they’re smeared with pesto to give that 1-Up Mushroom look but hardcore gamers won’t have a problem with that, we all know that’s what pants are for.

Head on over to Kitchen Overlord for the recipe to these Mushroom Kingdom treats.

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This Super Mario Bros. Cake is Bowser Approved

Oh. My. GOOMBA.

This Super Mario Bros. themed cake is one of the most gloriously nerdtastic cakes I’ve ever seen. Adorned with Koopas, Goombas, Cheep Cheep and Petey Piranhas, the cake’s scenes depict some of the Super Mario series’ most beloved levels. Except for the underwater worlds, I really freaking hate how hard those levels are — erm I mean were.

Crafted over a period of five days by Cakecrumbs, an Australian-based food blog, this fan-made cake takes it a step further by including those little Mario World secrets, such as the hidden block with a vine. The detail is on point, from the shadows on the clouds, to the shine on the warp pipes, it’s a superfan’s dessert dream.

The only thing missing is Mario and Peach, but I’m sure they’d make the perfect cake toppers. Perhaps with a Toad as the minister? Erm, too cute. I’d say invite Luigi to this thing but we all know he’s got a bit of a Mario complex.

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious

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Sailor Moon Latte Art Finally Exists

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You wish your latte was this cool.

We’re definitely wishing we could get our caffeine fix with a latte adorned with our favorite Sailor Scout. (Sailor Mars ftw!)

Handcrafted by an artist known as “Nowtoo Sugi,” this vibrant latte art breaks the norm by using colored syrups. Mixing the syrups with steamed milk foam allows Sugi to add the finishing details to his work, bringing his caffeine characters to life.

Besides Sailor Scouts, Sugi also features movie, video game and other anime characters:

Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.

It’s a me, Mario!

For more of Sugi’s creations follow him on Instagram and check out his tutorial below:

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Sip Your Day Away with this Drinkable Tea Calendar

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Move over Folger’s Coffee, the best part of waking up is ripping off a tea bag from a calendar, dunking it in hot water, and gulping down some super rad brew. Totally has the same ring to it.

This tea calendar was designed by Hälssen & Lyon, a German based tea manufacturer, and distributed exclusively to select business partners of the company, which naturally makes us all want it more.

Made up of 365 days of brewable deliciousness, each day on the calendar is made up of “finely flavored tea leaves and pressed until wafer-thin”.

The directions to brew up today’s date are fairly straight forward.

1. Boil some water.

2. Tear off the date

3. Throw that bad boy into your cup of hot water

4. Watch that sucker brew itself up…

. . . into a nice little spot o’ tea.

5. Sit back and enjoy possibly the coolest cup of tea ever.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to partake in this fancy way to make some tea, that is, unless some tea loving genius out there can figure out how to recreate this delicious calendar.

Until then, I’ll just sit here with my boring cup of Earl Grey. Hmph.

H/T + PicThx The Inspiration Room , Gifrific.

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Here’s How to Make a Flaming Goblet of Fire Cocktail

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This Goblet of Fire drink recipe from Little Pink Blog won’t get you into the TriWizard Tournament but it will probably make you the most popular kid in Gryffindor.

Putting this drink together is like brewing yourself a potion, just without Snape giving you his judge-y looks. Once your concoction is on fire, the addition of the cinnamon will cause some sparks, but alas, don’t expect your name to come shooting out. And to think, you didn’t even have to rescue a Dragon’s Egg or traverse a dangerous maze to partake in this Goblet of Fire. Take that Harry.

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Flaming Goblet of Fire

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 3 oz Lemonade
  • Splash of 151
  • Pinch of Cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. Pour vodka, blue curacao, and lemonade into a goblet-type glass
  2. Top with a splash of 151 proof rum
  3. Light on fire
  4. Add the pinch of cinnamon to the flames (cinnamon will spark)

 

*** Blow out flames before consuming! ***

Photo and Recipe Courtesy of Little Pink Blog

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This Tardis Kit Turns Any Fridge Into a Time Machine, Kinda

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Good news Whovians, you can now outfit your refrigerator in this Police Box Fridge Kit. The perfect disguise for when your fridge’s chameleon circuit is fried and you need a new “Tardis” with a working beacon and audio kit. Sadly this kit will not enable you to travel through all of time and space — sorry to disappoint, milady. Also, The Doctor is not included.

This skin fits best on French refrigerator doors but the makers guarantee that your Tardis will look just as cool on a single door.

Personally, I’d totally set mine to make the Tardis’ “whoosh” sound every time it opened. Either that or have a Dalek say “REFRIGERATE!”

The price may seem a little steep but it’s a small price to pay considering how sweet it will make your kitchen look. Of course with a Tardis fridge you’ll probably need a Cyberman Stove and a Dalek Dishwasher to pull the whole room together.

Police Fridge Box Kit $185 @ Glass Sculpture

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