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Friday, 9 May 2008

Chocolate Macarons with Caramel Cream

Macarons are popping up everywhere this month, as Minko from Couture Cupcakes is holding an event called Mad for Macarons in May.

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Now that I'm busy discovering the world of home-made ice cream, I seem to have plenty of egg whites left over. This is good news for macaron bakers!
For these chocolate ones, I used the same recipe that I used for my coffee ones - I just replaced the coffee powder with cocoa powder. While they didn't really taste that much of chocolate, they looked chocolatey.
The other minor change I made, was to sieve the ground almonds into the bowl with the icing sugar and cocoa powder. There was a tablespoon or so of ground almonds that were too large to go through the sieve, I ground these up finely and sieved again.

The filling was made from double cream, which had been whipped to firm peaks with a couple of tablespoons of dulce de leche, although any creamy firm caramel will do.

Chocolate Macarons with Caramel Cream
Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

225 grams icing sugar
125 grams ground almonds
1 level tablespoon cocoa powder
110 grams egg whites (about 4), brought to room temperature
30 grams granulated sugar
Pinch of salt

1 small pot of double (heavy) cream
1-2 tablespoons dulce de leche

Sieve the ground almonds into a large bowl, any left in the sieve should be ground finely, if you have a grinder, and sieved again. This makes for a smoother macaron, but if you don't have a grinder, it doesn't really matter - it's just aesthetics. Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder, then put to one side.

In a large clean, dry bowl, whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they become foamy and stiff. Gradually add the granulated sugar, whisking well after each addition, until the mixture is stiff and shiny.

Gently fold in the almond mixture, using a large spoon or spatula, until incorporated. The mixture should be shiny and firm, but with a bit of 'flow' to it. Don't over-mix it or it will be too runny.

Fill a piping bag with a 1cm round tip and pipe the mixture onto Silpat or baking parchment. Tap the sheets gently to remove air bubbles and let dry at room temperature for about an hour or so before baking.

Bake in a preheated oven, 160º/325F for about 10-12 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to keep the door ajar slightly, and rotate the baking sheets after 5 minutes for more even baking.

Remove from the oven and leave to go cold. Peel off the Silpat or baking parchment.

Whip the cream to stiff peaks and gently fold in the dulce de leche to taste. Pipe or spoon onto half the macarons and top with the other half before serving.

Note: I didn't bother to keep the door ajar this time and they were fine.

(Printable Recipe)

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54 comments:

Margaret said...

How remarkable are those Chocolate Macarons with Caramel Cream.
The photograph Nicisme is sensational - yes, it truly is!

Minko said...

Yum. They look great. Thanks for entering.

Minko said...

Yum. They look great. Thanks for entering.

Ginny said...

Those are some amazing macaroons! Wish I could bite the screen! :)

Raquel said...

Nic: those look scrummy!! I usually make macaroons with coconut instead of almonds, but I might give these a try. Thanks for a delicious start to my morning!

LyB said...

Nic, they're so beautiful! I'm definitely going to try coffee or chocolate for my next ones and that caramel cream for sure!

nicisme said...

Margaret - thank you so much!

Minko - I'll look forward to the roundup!

Ginny - now that, I would love to see!

Raquel - I have made coconut ones too, but I'm not that mad on loads of coconut. Thanks for the lovely comments.

LyB - thank you - now I am wishing I had dribbled some caramel over - just like some delicious ones I spotted recently....!

Ann said...

Just gorgeous! Sometimes I think I'm the only food blogger who HASN'T learned to make macarons!

Medena said...

Perfection! I still haven't tried making these!(see ann, you are not the only one :)
Thank you for stopping by my blog and dropping a lovely comment! :)

Sylvie said...

Nic, I so wished you'd be my neighbour! The macaroons look wonderful.

diva@theSugarBar said...

bless your heart. i'm not a big coffee drinker-only when i look like the dead- but i love coffee flavoured stuff. this looks great. if only i could bother making macarons! when i do, i'll make this! ;) x

Susan from Food Blogga said...

So that's why there are macaroons everywhere I look. I think I'll linger over here for a while if you don't mind. Yours are real eye candy. :)

Grace said...

would it be in poor taste for me to prepare the aforementioned caramel cream and just eat it with a spoon? eh, i've never been concerned about decorum--i'll do it anyway. :)

Grace said...

would it be in poor taste for me to prepare the aforementioned caramel cream and just eat it with a spoon? eh, i've never been concerned about decorum--i'll do it anyway. :)

Jan said...

They look good! Yum Yum!!!

michelle @ TNS said...

the feet on your cookies are so perfect.

i bow before your beautiful macarons.

Gretchen Noelle said...

So impressive! I still haven't taken a stab at these! Yours look perfect...chocolate and dulce de leche? Perfect!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

All these macaroon posts are making me go crazy...I need to have one! This combo especially looks good to me! Great job!

Cynthia said...

Sexy best describes the pics you have there of the Macaroons

Tartelette said...

The cream is making me swoon :)Gorgeous!

RecipeGirl said...

Could you have gotten those macarons to look any more perfect?? They're absolutely flawless, and they're delicious looking too!!

Kevin said...

Those Macarons look so good. I have been wanting to try making Macarons for a while.

nicisme said...

Ann and Medena - you have the rest of the month to whip up some macarons, so what are you waiting for?!

Sylvie - I would be happy to be your neighbour as I would be in your kitchen sampling all your delicious goodies!

Diva - coffee macarons are really good... Go on - make some!

Susan - thank you! Yep, there's going to be a lot more before the month is up!

Grace - ha, ha! That's the best bit, forget the macarons! (You should have seen me with the bowl!)

Jan - thank you!

Michelle - thank you and thanks for visitng!

Gretchen - so are you going to join in this month? Hope so!

Sweet & Saucy - I know, so many macarons and so little time...

Cynthia - I like how you described them, thanks!

Tartlette - you are my hero, the macaron queen! Thank you!!

RecipeGirl - you are too nice, they are actually a bit too bumpy on top, but still taste delicious!

Kevin - yet another one who had better get back into the kitchen and make some. We don't want to hear any excuses - you have the rest of the month!!!

Ann said...

Oh my...oh my...and oh my...I tried macarons last week and they nearly brought me to my knees in frustration, horribly frustrating. The mouth-feel and taste was great - but the look - oh horror. So, it's back to the drawing board - and I'll be using your recipe this time. :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Golly. They look the absolute biz. I wonder how many I could fit in my mouth in one go...??

Brilynn said...

Those chubby little macarons look delicious!

Rosie said...

Oh my goodness Nic these are drool fantastic!! I just love them!!

I have an award for you on my blog sweetie :)

http://rosiebakesapeaceofcake.blogspot.com/

Rosie x

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I have never made macaroons before and after this post am very tempted to try. Love pictures.

mimi said...

beautiful macarons!! the look perfect, and close-up photo makes me want to just reach in and take a bite!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

For heavens sake Nic...& you called me devil??? These are absolutely divine. Ann has company; I'm another food blogger who's never tried macaroons, though you are kinda enticing me to take my chances! tell me Nic, would foil or butter paper do the trick too? Would love to try your coffee versions...YUMMMM (make that double; YUMMMM YUMMMM)

nicisme said...

Ann - oh no, sorry to hear this! I wonder what the problem was? Do you think the mixture was too runny or maybe too lumpy (almonds not ground fine enough?) The first time I made them my mix was too wet, did you weigh the ingredients?

aforkfulofspaghetti - ha, ha! Well, they are not the tiny ones, so I reckon if you have an average mouth we will be looking at just the one sadly.

Brilynn, Rosie, Nina and Mimi - thank you all!

Passionate baker - tee hee!
You know what, I personally wouldn't take my chances with foil or butter paper - I think they would stick. But having said that, I've not done it and it might work.

Jackie said...

Don't these look scrumptious! Great share!

Lina said...

WOOOW! Yummy! I really must try making macarons!

Antonia said...

Beautiful macaroons.
I've just got into making ice-cream and always have whites lurking in the fridge. I'd not thought of making macaroons with them, but think I will give them a go. Dulche de leche in the middle?? Yummm.

Nic said...

Perfectly plump macaroons! I might have a go at making them, now that you've posted a great recipe! Thanks!!

cookinpanda said...

Wow. A beautiful photo. And great flavor choices. Definitely something to try..

Sue said...

Just the picture is making me drool Nic.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

they look great--love all that filling! :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Hey there Nic...you've been tagged for your top 10 foodie photographs & I have a YUMMY award too waiting for you!! Ciao bella, Deeba

Jeanne said...

Oh my... look at the state of those!! Absolutely gorgeous - you should be working at Pierre Herme in Paris ;-) Have always been too scared to make macaroons for some reason, but you make it look quite doable...

Fearless Kitchen said...

This is making me hungry just looking at it!

farida said...

This is one yummicious yummy yum! (new word):))

marye said...

oh these look good. What a great way to use up leftover eggs.

Miri said...

Nic, your macarons look absolutely wonderful! I wanna try everything I see on your blog! Amazing pictures as well.

nicisme said...

Jackie - thanks for visiting and for leaving a super comment!

Lina - thank you also for stopping by and yes, you should try making them!

Antonia - well what are you waiting for? You have the rest of May to join in!

Nic - if this Nic can make them, then so can you!! Thanks for stopping by!

Cookinpanda - thank you so much!

Sue - hi there, thank you!!

Steph - yes, I went a bit overboard on the filling!!

Passionate baker - thanks for the tag - I'll check it out!

Jeanne - oh, thanks so much - I'm blushing here! Now... it's time for you to give them a go - if I can do it...

Fearless Kitchen, Farida and Marye - thank you all for the awesome comments!

Miri - aw, thanks my friend! Glad to see you back on the computer!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Beautiful!! Pure decadence! :)
Margot

manju said...

I may have to learn to make ice cream if it gives me an excuse to make something as yummy as these! ; 0

Aran said...

I don't think there is anything I can add to the 47 previous posts... stunning, lovely, fabulous, perfect... Great job!

nicisme said...

Coffee & Vanilla - thank you!

Manju - well it's much better than the shop stuff!

Aran - thank you! And I'm a bit stunned that these macarons attracted so much attention!

Bellini Valli said...

Wouldn't I just love these for dessert tonight Nic. I have also passed on another award to you. Pick it up when you get the chance:D

Holler said...

I feel quite overcome looking at these macaroons, I will have to sit down, someone pass the smelling salts! Gorgeous :)

Louise said...

Must try that sounds amazing

Sophie said...

These macaroons look so adorable & so delicious! I recently discovered macaroons but yours look so mmmmmmm....!!!

Bianca said...

Aaaah the photo makes me want to eat them right now!!