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S’mores Macarons

20 May

May 20th 2015 

Who doesn’t love S’mores? The combination of graham crackers, toasted marshmallow and chocolate in one bite is to die for. Growing up I never went camping, so I can’t say S’mores remind me of camping trips; however, they do remind of bonfires during my college days.

These are by far one of my favorite macaron flavors. What are your favorite flavors?

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Graham Macaron

120 g almond flour
22 g graham cracker crumbs
281 g powdered sugar
116 g egg whites
33 g sugar

Y= sixty-eight 2-inch cookies (makes 34 sandwiched macarons)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse together almond flour, graham cracker crumbs and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds.
  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.
  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 against the counter to get rid of any air bubbles.
  14. 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 8 minutes.
  16. All to cool completely.

Marshmallow Meringue
60 g egg whites
½ C sugar

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.
  5. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes stiff and meringue-like.

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To Assemble

  1. Once the macarons shells have cooled, pipe meringue in the center and slightly torch the meringue.
  2. Sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs and drizzle melted chocolate (I used a chocolate sauce I purchased from Oliver Napa Valley).
  3. Filled macarons can be kept in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for a few days.

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Raspberry Curd Tartlets

13 May

May 13th, 2015

I made a very similar flavor tart a few posts back using a raspberry-lemon curd; however, this time I used only raspberries. The tartlet crust is also the same shortbread crust recipe, except I made these bite-sized — 2 inches in diameter. I found the tartlet molds at a local baking supply store and I couldn’t resist. My collection of baking supplies is forever growing, but that just means more reasons to bake!

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Shortbread Crust (AKA Pate Sablee), recipe from The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts book

90 g sugar
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
255 g cake flour

Y= twenty-four 2-inch mini tart shells

Directions:

  1. In a mixer bowl, cream the butter, sugar and salt together, until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolks. Mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Add the flour at once. Mix until dough comes together.
  4. If dough is dry and crumbly, add 1-3 tsp of cold water. Add 1 tsp at a time.
  5. Wrap and rest dough in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight.
  6. Once the dough has rested in the refrigerator, roll out the dough and press into the tartlet  molds.
  7. If dough feels a bit soft, refrigerate the lined molds for about 10 minutes before baking.
  8. Using a fork, slightly dock the dough.
  9. Bake at 340F for 14-16 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before unmolding and filling.

Raspberry Curd

⅔ C raspberry juice (See my previous post for instructions on how to prepare raspberry juice)
4 oz sugar
4 egg yolks
3 oz softened butter

Y = enough to fill 15 mini tartlets (recipe can be doubled to have enough to fill all twenty-four tartlet shells)

Directions

  1. In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan heat the raspberry juice to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Temper the yolk-sugar mixture by adding half of the heated raspberry juice to the yolks, while whisking to prevent the yolks from curdling.
  4. Add the tempered yolks back to the saucepan and heat on medium.
  5. Continue to heat until the mixture thickens, while whisking to prevent the bottom from burning.
  6. Once the mixture thickens, strain into a clean bowl over the butter.
  7. Whisk to combine.
  8. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to cool.

Meringue
60 g egg whites
½ C sugar

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.
  5. Continue to whisk until the mixture becomes meringue-like.

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To Assemble

  1. Pipe or spoon the raspberry curd filling into the tartlet shells.
  2. Pipe a dollop of meringue in the center of the curd.
  3. Carefully torch the meringue.
  4. Refrigerate tartlets until ready to serve.

Chocolate Macarons

5 Sep

September 5, 2012

I’m back! It’s been awhile since my last post because things have been busy. Since my last post, I’ve made a few things but have not had the chance to write about it. In the upcoming months, I plan to expand this blog more with photos and frequent blogs… so stay tuned!
For this post I want to share some chocolate macarons, which I made at our new place since we moved. Every oven is different and finding the accurate baking temperature can take some experimenting. Fortunately, our oven is fairly new, so the macarons baked correctly. I’m also really excited because I read about Trader Joe’s carrying almond meal. I have never seen it at TJ’s previously, so I put it on my list of things to get. Lo and behold, last week I found them there! Apparently, it’s a new item and the price isn’t too bad- a one pound bag goes for $3.99.  The minor flaw is that the flour isn’t as fine so you’ll see small pieces of almond skin. This isn’t too much of a problem if you have a food processor at home. Just grind and sift.  Previously, I ordered almond flour in bulk on Amazon because it was cheaper than buying individual bags, which ranged from $6-$12 at stores like Whole Foods and Safeway. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to use all of it before the expiration date. So from now on, I’ll get my almond flour from TJ’s.

Macarons:

115 g almond flour (Trader Joe’s)

200g powdered sugar

90g egg whites

30g powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Sift almond flour and powdered sugar together. Discard any lumps.

2. In a mixer, whisk egg whites. Once the whites become foamy, stream in 30g of powdered sugar a little at a time. Whisk on high-speed to a stiff peak and until whites are dried out. It should form a stiff ball of meringue.

3. Add dries to the meringue. With a spatula, quickly mix to incorporate the dries and the meringue.

4. Start to fold the mixture to deflate the batter. Be careful not to over fold; otherwise the batter becomes too runny.

5. Transfer batter to a piping bag with a fitted tip.

6. Pipe 1-inch rounds onto silpat-lined sheet pan.

7. Let rest for at least one hour before baking. Bake at 300F for 10-12 minutes. Macarons are done when they come off the silpat without sticking.

Chocolate Buttercream Filling:

75g egg whites

150g sugar

75g water

225g softened butter

100g-200g melted chocolate

Directions:

1. Combine sugar and water in a small pan. Heat the sugar over high heat.

2. Once sugar begins to boil, begin whisking egg whites on medium speed.

3. Continue to heat sugar until it reaches the soft-ball stage (238F). Carefully and slowly stream the sugar into the whisking egg white mixture. (Make sure to reduce the speed of the mixer as you’re pouring in the hot sugar). Increase mixer speed to high and continue to whisk until the mixture cools to body temperature.

4. Reduce speed to medium and add butter in chunks.

5. Once butter is all added, add melted chocolate. (The amount of chocolate you add depends on how chocolately you want the buttercream to be)

6. Once macarons are cooled, pipe filling and sandwich the macarons.

Piped macarons, resting before going into the oven. Look for a firm skin to form.

Freshly baked macarons right out of the oven.

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