Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chocolate Macaroons

I got into the habit of making these when I realized how expensive they are to buy here now in the States. They really are not all that difficult to make.

You can make your own chocolate filling or to save time, use some pre-made icings.

Ingredients~make 16 to 20

3/4 cup of ground almonds-used Bob's Red Mill brand
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
2 extra large egg whites, room temperature
1/4 cup of superfine sugar

For the filling, I just used a chocolate icing mix.

Place almonds, powered sugar and cocoa into a food processor and process for 15 seconds.
Sift the mixture into a bowl. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. I used my molds from Mastrad. (a pre-formed silicon mat)
Whip the eggs whites until they hold soft peaks. Gradually add sugar  to make a firm and glossy meringue.
Use your spatula to fold in  the almond mixture to the egg whites, one third at a time. When thoroughly incorporated, continue to cut and fold the mixture until it forms a shiny batter and has a thick ribbon-like consistency.This may take a few minutes of gentle folding. Do not over fold.
Pour the batter into a pastry bag. I used a 1cm. plain tip for pipping. Place as many circles as you can get on your sheets or mat. When all completed,tap your baking sheets firmly to get out any air bubbles. I used a tooth pick to pop some of the air bubbles that did not break. Let mixture stand at room temperature for at least thirty minutes.When you touch, nothing should stick on your finger.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely on racks. Carefully peel from paper or mat.
Spread icing and match up macaroons!  Not as hard as it sounds. Beats paying 1 dollar for each one!!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I need to dust off my macarons-making skills to try these! They looks delicious and lovely photos, BTW!

katiez said...

They look wonderful and sound easy enough.... but I'm going to the Chocolate Expo this weekend where there is a wonderful macarons booth that sells them really reasonably. I'm stocking up (and eating lots)

Barbara Lilian said...

Your macarons, look like they've been bought from a Macaron Boutique
Your recipe sounds quite easy! hope it is, as I plan to make some for my weekend guests.
I've just found your blog and will be a new follower. I have just been tagged and have tagged your blog,to join in some fun. Hope you will tag some blogs too.

myfrenchkitchen said...

I also have to dust off my skills and get back to doing some macarons. Yours look delicious..apart from chocolat, my other favorite is pistache. Lovely photos too.