Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

If you read my blogpost from November you'll see the history of the Macarons and the recipe for them.. However, I wasn't too pleased with the result and decided to try again.. and with success this time!!
 So here we go again...

The recipe this time is

2 3/4 cups almond flour
2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup egg whites
pinch salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Gel paste color

1. Sift the first 2 ingredients together. (this is super important!)
2. Whip the whites with salt to soft peaks.
3. Add granulated sugar and gel color and whip to stiff peaks.
4. Fold the dry with the whites till well incorporated.

Using a large/ wide tip, pipe dollops onto a piece of parchment. (Make sure the tip is wide, a small tip will deflate the whites.)

Let them rest for 30 minutes or until they feel dry when you touch them. Or at least make sure they don't stick to your fingers! This way you will be guaranteed lovely 'feet.'

When you bake them at 300F make sure they are well spread out. Bake for 15 minutes. After the first 5 minutes let the steam out of the oven for a few seconds.

Allow them to cool on a rack before pulling them off the parchment!

Fill them with any desired filling (it must be creamy or you can't spread it on)

 You can decorate them any way you like. I painted little red hearts on them to make them more valentiney.  Go nuts with your decor!

A yummy cross section photo. Note that the inside is slightly soft and gooey... That's how it's supposed to be!

These little macarons make great gifts!! You can be creative with flavors and colors!

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