This is my first tutorial in a series of flavored macaron recipes. I'm going to start with something simple today: the chocolate macaron. This flavor is so classic and so classy. Perfect for chocolate junkies.
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Step 1: Gather the Ingredients
For this recipe, we will be using...
- 2 Egg Whites
- 40g Superfine Sugar
- 120g Powdered Sugar
- 65g Almond Meal
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- Pinch of Salt
For the filling, we need...
- 125g Chocolate Chips (your choice)
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
Step 2: Mix the Dry
Put together the dry ingredients. These are...
- Powdered Sugar
- Almond Meal
- Pinch of Salt
- Cocoa Powder
Mix until well incorporated.
Step 3: Deal With the Eggs
In the bowl of a stand mixer, separate your eggs (whites in bowl). Discard or set aside egg yolks as we will not be needing them for this recipe. Add in the superfine sugar. Using the whisk attachment, beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (for help, see my plain macaron tutorial video on my YouTube channel).
Step 4: Fold It All Together
Sift your dry ingredients into your egg mixture. Be sure to discard any large chunks that don't make it though the sieve. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until the mixture resembles molten lava. When lifted out of the bowl, the mixture should ribbon unevenly, but slowly melt back into the bulk mixture (again, see videos on YouTube channel for help).
Step 5: Pipe
Fill your mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large round tip. Pipe mixture into quarter sized mounds onto baking mats or parchment paper. Tap the baking sheets on a counter a couple times to thin out cookies and remove large air bubbles. Then simply let the pans sit for 30 minutes or more, or until a skin or shell forms over the cookies.
Step 6: Bake
Bake your macarons for 18-20 minutes at 300-305 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your oven, you may need to adjust the temperature. Your macarons are done when only a few crumbs stick to your parchment paper upon removing. The heat within the macarons will continue to cook them inside out so that they should remove cleanly after completely cooked.
Step 7: Make the Ganache
On medium heat, bring your cream to a light simmer. Once the cream is hot, pour it over the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, and mix until smooth. If necessary, heat the mixture in a microwave for 15-20 seconds at a time to continue melting the chocolate. Then, allow the chocolate to set before filling your macarons. You can use a refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
Step 8: Fill the Macarons
Spoon the thick ganache into a piping bag with a big round tip, and pipe a small mound on the middle of a macaron cookie. Sandwich with another cookie, and there you have it, a full macaron cookie.
Step 9: Enjoy!
These macarons are great for parties, gatherings, showing off, being bourgeois, making friends, or self-indulgence. If this video/Instructable was helpful, please <3 it, and subscribe. Also, find me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and YouTube @joshpancooking. The greatest gift to me would be if everyone subscribed to my YouTube Channel. Well, thanks for your time, and I shall see you all soon. Goodbye!
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