A macaron is a French pastry composed of two shells and a filling in the middle. There are countless variations of macarons you can try and to get you started, we are going to show you how to make a classic macaron with buttercream filling!
Macarons With Buttercream Filling
DescriptionA macaron is a French pastry composed of two shells and a filling in the middle. There are countless variations of macarons you can try and to get you started, we are going to show you how to make a classic macaron with buttercream filling!
Sift the confectioners sugar and almond flour into a bowl.
Add the room temperature egg whites into a very clean bowl.
Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites. Once they begin to foam add the cream of tartar and then slowly add the granulated sugar.
Add the food coloring (if desired) and vanilla then mix in. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
Begin folding in 1/3 of the dry ingredients.
Be careful to add the remaining dry ingredients and fold gently.
The final mixture should look like flowing lava, and be able to fall into a figure eight without breaking. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium round piping tip and you’re ready to start piping.
Pipe 2.5 cm dollops onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this should be glued down with dabs of batter). Tap on the counter several times to release air bubbles. Allow to sit for about 40 minutes before placing in the oven.
Bake at 150 C for 12-15 minutes, rotate the tray after 7 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat over low heat while stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium- high and bring to a boil.
Put egg yolks in a stand-mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat until thick and foamy.
Cook the sugar and water syrup until it reaches 115 C. Immediately remove from heat. With the mixer running, slowly drizzle hot syrup into a bowl with yolks.
Continue mixing until the bottom of the bowl is cool to the touch and the yolk mixture has cooled to room temperature.
Add in butter one cube at a time allowing each piece to incorporate before adding the next. Add vanilla and salt. Continue mixing until buttercream is smooth and creamy (about 5-6 minutes). Add food coloring if desired.
Pipe your filling onto the back of half the shells. Form a sandwich and repeat. Macarons should be aged in the fridge for 1-3 days for best results. This allows the filling to soften the shells inside.
Macarons have gained immense popularity worldwide and are often considered a luxury dessert due to their delicate nature and intricate preparation.