Valentine’s Day Macarons

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Valentines!!

Well, this recipe never fails so why not spoil the love of your life with these delicious chewy bites of perfection.

5 from 1 vote

Valentine’s Day Macarons

This recipe and method has never failed me yet and always produces the most stunning macarons with a crispy exterior and that famous chewy interior.
Servings 20 portions
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 125 gr powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg whites room temperature
  • 50 gr super fine almond flour
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 50 gr caster sugar
  • gel food colouring

Chocolate ganache for filling

  • 225 gr semi sweet chocolate chopped finely
  • 240 ml heavy cream

Instructions

Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat the cream until you just see bubbles starting to appear around the edges but do not allow to boil.
  • Place the chocolate into a bowl and add the hot cream.
  • Allow it to sit for a minute or two before you start to stir it.
  • Stir with a spatula until you have a smooth and glossy ganache.
  • Allow to cool at room temperature and it will thicken as it cools.

Macarons

  • Line two large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  • Sieve the almond flour and powdered sugar into a large bowl.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Place the eggs whites into a stand mixer and start to whisk on medium until they become foamy and opaque between 1-2 minutes.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Add the cream of tartar and whisk for a further 5-6 minutes before slowly adding the sugar one tablespoon at a time beating for at least 30 seconds between each spoonful allowing it to dissolve.
  • Continue whisking until you have soft peaks, a further 6-7 minutes.
  • Add in the food colouring until you have your desired colour.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Continue whisking until you have stiff and glossy peaks.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Gently fold in the almond sugar mixture to the egg mixture – approximately 50 folds until you have a batter that is thick but which runs off the spatula continuously.
  • If it is not quite ready, fold another five times then check again and continue with this process until you have the perfect batter.
  • Be careful not to overmix or it will become too runny!!
  • Pour into a piping bag with 3/8 inch round tip and holding the bag at a 90 degree angle , steadily squeeze the batter onto the baking sheet until you have a one inch circle.
  • Stop squeezing and twist the bag to detach the batter.
  • Repeat piping leaving one inch between each circle until the sheets are full.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Tap the sheets on the counter top to remove any air bubbles – pop any remaining bubbles with a toothpick.
  • Set aside uncovered for between 35-45 minutes until a skin has formed on the top of the macarons – they should be dry to touch when ready.
  • Place in the oven preheated to 325 f and bake for 10-12 minutes until they have puffed up.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Place the whole parchment sheet onto the cooling rack immediately to allow to cool, do not leave to cool on the baking tray.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • Once cooled completely, fill with the cooled chocolate ganache.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
  • These will keep in an airtight container for two days.
    Valentines day macarons recipe by home cooking with julie neville10
Course: Dessert, Sweet
Keyword: Cake

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