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Hazelnut-Salted Caramel Macarons

24 Nov

   November 24th, 2014

2014-11-23 05.02.53This weekend I spent some time preparing for the Holidays including making pie dough, pie filling, cookie dough and macarons. Thanksgiving is in two days and Christmas is just around the corner. To save myself time, I try to make whatever I can ahead of time. Macarons are one of the things that I usually make ahead and they keep well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, and even longer in the freezer. I decided on a hazelnut shell filled with salted caramel buttercream. The homemade salted-caramel was very easy and the taste by itself was irresistible! A little bit of salted-caramel in the buttercream goes a long way, so I still have a jar of it left. Perhaps salted caramel ice cream is in the future?

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Hazelnut Macarons: Recipe can be found here

Salted Caramel:
½ C sugar
⅛ C water
¼ C heavy cream
1T butter
¼ tsp – ½ tsp sea salt

Y= about ½ C

Directions:

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Slightly whisk to mix.
  2. Heat on medium until the mixture turns a deep amber color. Do not stir when the mixture is heating up. Keep an eye out on the mixture and do not let it burn.
  3. Remove saucepan from the heat once desired color of the caramel is reached. Add the heavy cream (mixture will slightly bubble up). Slightly whisk to combine.
  4. Add the butter and sea salt. Add more salt for a saltier taste.
  5. Allow caramel to cool.

Salted Caramel Buttercream:
4.5 oz sugar
¼ C + ⅛ C egg whites
8 oz butter, softened and cut into pieces.
1-2 tsp salted caramel (adjust as needed)

Y= this was more than enough to fill 60 macarons. I have about half of the buttercream left.

Directions:

  1. Whisk together sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl.
  2. Place bowl over a pot of simmering hot water.
  3. Using a hand whisk, constantly whisk the sugar-egg mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture should be warm to touch, but not burning hot on the finger.
  4. Transfer the mixer bowl to the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on medium speed until mixture is cooled. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes meringue-like.
  5. Once the meringue is cool enough, add the softened butter, a few pieces at a time. Allow the butter to mix in before adding the next few pieces.
  6. Once the butter is all in, whisk on high speed for a few seconds. Scrape sides down if necessary.
  7. Add salted caramel, ½ tsp at a time to the buttercream. If you like a more salty, caramel flavor, add more caramel.2014-11-23 05.41.502014-11-23 05.57.41
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Nutella Hazelnut Macarons

29 Sep

September 29, 2014

Something got into me this weekend, and for no apparent reason, I had the desire to use Nutella. I normally don’t buy Nutella and it has been awhile since I’ve had a Nutella sandwich. In fact, it was about 8pm on Saturday night and I convinced my husband that we had to go get a jar of Nutella so that I can have it available the next day to complete my macarons.

Nutella consists mainly of hazelnuts, skim milk and cocoa and is traditionally used as a spread. I used the Nutella to flavor the buttercream and for the macaron shell I opted for all hazelnut flour and no almond flour, where as when I made my hazelnut macarons I used a mixture of both flours . To give the macarons an extra pop of Nutella flavor, I piped a dollop of Nutella in the center of the buttercream when sandwiching the cookies together. Needless to say, these macarons were quite nutty!

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2014-09-28 03.33.21Then pipe a dollop of Nutella on top of the buttercream for extra flavor!

Hazelnut Macarons
190g hazelnut flour
375g powdered sugar
155g egg whites
pinch of cream of tartar
45g sugar

Y= about 45 sandwiched macarons, about 1.5 inches in diameter

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse together hazelnut flour and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds. Divide in parts if food processor is not large enough to fit everything at once.
  2. Sift the mixture into a clean bowl. Set aside.
  3. Place egg whites in a mixer bowl. Whisk until slightly foamy on medium speed.
  4. Add a pinch of cream of tartar and whisk to incorporate.
  5. In a steady stream, add sugar. Once all the sugar is added, increase speed to high.
  6. Continue to whisk until stiff peaks have formed. Peaks should be shiny and smooth. (If using fresh egg whites vs. carton egg whites, the peaks should form fairly quickly).
  7. Transfer the egg whites to a clean bowl.
  8. Sift a third of the dries into the egg white mixture. Carefully using a spatula fold the dries into the egg whites. The dries do not have to be fully incorporated at this point.
  9. Sift the next third of the dries into the mixture. Continue to fold.
  10. Lastly, sift the remaining of the dries and fold.
  11. Continue to fold until the dries are incorporated with the egg whites. Be careful not to over-fold, otherwise the batter will be too runny.
  12. Line sheet pans with Silpat (or parchment paper).
  13. Using a piping bag fitted with an Ateco 304 tip, pipe 1-1.5 inch circles. Once the sheet pan is full, tap the bottom of the sheet pan to get rid of any air bubbles.
  14. Once all the batter has been piped, allow macarons to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  15. Bake at 300F for 10 minutes. Rotate and bake for another 6.5 to 7 minutes.
  16. All to cool completely.
  17. Once cooled, fill with hazelnut buttercream.
  18. Filled and sandwiched macarons can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, or in the freezer for a 1-2 months. When ready to eat, always bring to room temperature.

Hazelnut Buttercream:
4.5 oz Sugar
¼ C + ⅛ C Egg whites
8 oz butter, softened and cut into pieces.
4 T Nutella (adjust as needed)

Directions:

  1. Whisk together sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl.
  2. Place bowl over a pot of simmering hot water.
  3. Using a hand whisk, constantly whisk the sugar-egg mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture should be warm to touch, but not burning hot on the finger.
  4. Transfer the mixer bowl to the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on medium speed until mixture is cooled. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes meringue-like.
  5. Once the meringue is cool enough, add the softened butter, a few pieces at a time. Allow the butter to mix in before adding the next few pieces.
  6. Once the butter is all in, whisk on high speed for a few seconds. Scrape sides down if necessary.
  7. Add the Nutella, one tablespoon at a time to the buttercream. If you like a more sweeter, nuttier flavor, add more Nutella.

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Hazelnut Macarons

26 Jul

July 26th, 2014

These macarons were made specifically for my husband’s co-worker’s surprise bridal party. He originally wanted to order some desserts, but I volunteered to bake some treats for the special occasion. The team surprised the bride with macarons, cupcakes, and champagne and decorated her cube with confetti and paper streamers. She was definitely taken by surprise and did not expect it at all.

2014-07-11 12.42.31                 Chocolate Cupcakes and Hazelnut Macarons for the bride-to-be2014-07-11 12.42.49My plan was to make hazelnut macarons by substituting some of the almond flour with hazelnut flour. I have done this in the past before, but with a different ratio of the flours. This time, I replaced most of the almond flour with the hazelnut flour and the outcome of these little rounds of joys was a tasty surprise. Upon first bite, these macarons reminded me very much of the chocolate candies we ate as kids- Ferrero Rocher. The crisp, nutty shell along with the chocolate buttercream filling was very similar to the tastes of the chocolate candy. Ferrero Rochers consists of a hazelnut in the center, filled with hazelnut cream, enclosed within a wafer shell, and a chocolate outer coating.

I loved these candies and these were always a treat when we were younger. I rarely eat them now since I don’t eat much candy in general, but I will keep this recipe in rotation to get my hazelnut-chocolate combo fix. Next time though, I will have to incorporate hazelnut flavor into the filling.

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Tip: When I have extra macarons that I want to save, I put them (sandwiched with the filling) in an air-tight container and freeze them. They last for a few weeks and when ready to be served, take them out and allow them to come to room temperature. Otherwise, if you know they will be gone within a few days, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Hazelnut Macarons:
125g almond flour
65g hazelnut flour
375g powdered sugar
155g egg whites
pinch of cream of tartar
45g sugar

Y= about 60 sandwiched macarons, about 1 inches in diameter

Directions:
1. In a food processor, pulse together flours, and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds. Divide in parts if food processor is not large enough to fit everything at once.
2. Sift the mixture into a clean bowl. Set aside.
3. Place egg whites in a mixer bowl. Whisk until slightly foamy on medium speed.
4. Add a pinch of cream of tartar and whisk to incorporate.
5. In a steady stream, add sugar. Once all the sugar is added, increase speed to high.
6. Continue to whisk until stiff peaks have formed. Peaks should be shiny and smooth. (If using fresh egg whites vs. carton egg whites, the peaks should form fairly quickly).
7. Transfer the egg whites to a clean bowl.
8. Sift a third of the dries into the egg white mixture. Carefully using a spatula fold the dries into the egg whites. The dries do not have to be fully incorporated at this point.
9. Sift the next third of the dries into the mixture. Continue to fold.
10. Lastly, sift the remaining of the dries and fold.
11. Continue to fold until the dries are incorporated with the egg whites. Be careful not to over-fold, otherwise the batter will be too runny.
12. Line sheet pans with silpat (or parchment paper).
13. Using a piping bag fitted with an Ateco 304 tip, pipe 1 inch circles. Once the sheet pan is full, tap the bottom of the sheet pan to get rid of any air bubbles.
14. Once all the batter has been piped, allow macarons to rest at room temperature for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
15. Bake at 300F for 10 minutes. Rotate and bake for another 6.5 to 7 minutes.
16. All to cool completely.
17. Once cooled, fill with chocolate buttercream.

Buttercream:
9 oz Sugar
3/4 C Egg whites
1 lb butter, softened and cut into pieces.
5 oz dark chocolate, melted, cooled

Directions:
1. Whisk together sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl.
2. Place bowl over a pot of boiling water.
3. Using a hand whisk, constantly whisk the sugar-egg mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. The mixture should be warm to touch, but not burning hot on the finger.
4. Transfer the mixer bowl to the mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk on medium speed until mixture is cooled. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes meringue-like.
5. Once the meringue is cool enough, add the softened butter, a few pieces at a time. Allow the butter to mix in before adding the next few pieces.
6. Once the butter is all in, whisk on high speed for a few seconds. Scrape sides down if necessary.
7. Slowly add the cooled chocolate to the buttercream. If you like a more chocolatey flavor, add more chocolate. If your chocolate is not cool enough it can melt the buttercream. I always melt my chocolate before I pipe the macarons. That way it will have sufficient time to cool.

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