Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chocolate Macarons w/ Ganache Filling

French sweets? Check!
Chocolate? check! and check!
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Printable Recipe
Adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
Macaron Batter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup powdered almonds
3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
Chocolate Ganache Filling
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
4 ounces bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
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Preheat oven to 350F .
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready.
Grind together the powdered sugar with the almond powder and cocoa so there are no lumps; use a blender or food processor.
In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes.
Fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula. When the mixture is smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag.
Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch apart.
Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons, then bake them for 15-18 minutes. Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
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Bring cream and corn syrup to a simmer in a medium sized pot over medium heat. When simmering, remove from heat and add chocolate. Mix cream and chocolate together with a spatula until smooth. Stir in butter. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before using.
Transfer chilled ganache to a disposable piping bag and pipe a scant tablespoon onto half the shells. Cover the piped shells with plain shells for sandwich cookies.
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The macarons turned out pretty delicious, especially with the filling!

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Priti said...

wow ...this looks fab ..nice clicks

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Wow your macarons are absolutely beautiful!! Your blog is such an inspiration!! xoxo

Jin said...

wow Mai, you are so talented!

Anonymous said...

I actually just made these today from your recipe, they looked so good.

My cookies ended up getting a bit too crispy (probably because I was using convection bake instead of just bake) but I think they'll soften up while they sit.

I added a tsp of espresso powder and some sea salt to the ganache, I have tons leftover and am looking forward to eating it with a spoon for a late-night snack.

This was my first time making macarons, it was certainly challenging but well worth it.

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

Delicious, check! Just divine! A must try for me!

Jessie said...

Wow! This looks absolutely delicious, like something out of a shop! Mai, you are definitely very talented, a multi-talented one at that! :)

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kankana said...

I don't know since when I have been thinking to make a macaron and giving up every time. These looks so nice.. totally inspiring me :)

Mike@How To Make A Smoothie At Home said...

What an amazing looking desert! I can't wait to try it!!

Savorique said...

Your macarons look great. Some readers may find it useful to know that the egg whites can be aged for 2 days in a bowl at room temperature, covered with a towel, in order to remove any excessive humidity. I heard it helps with the final texture...
Thanks for sharing this!

Annapet said...

Sorry happy to discover you blog via Nami, author of Just One Cookbook!

Gorgeous macarons!

Annapet said...

SO HAPPY, I meant! I was so excited to post and I did not see the auto-correct...My sincerest apologies!

Beautiful macarons!

Cinz said...

omg, you made these macarons!? They look so professional and the photo quality is superb!

I love how you garnished them with flowers, so pretty:)


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