While attending a blog conference earlier this year, I was able to meet one of my online friends – Mindy from Creative Juice. It’s always fun to meet people in real life that you’ve talked with online and get to know each other better! I knew Mindy was in the process of writing a gourmet macaron cookbook and I’m so excited to share some beautiful photos of a few of her amazing creations with you! She is both the author and photographer of this fabulous Gourmet French Macarons book! I’m really impressed with the quality of the book and how MANY recipes there are. This book did not disappoint in fact – it’s fabulous!!
Here is a picture I took of one of her many, many recipes. Are these ducks too cute or what??
First of all you have to watch this cool video that was created to promote her book – it’s so fun and totally makes me want to try baking yummy macarons!
So now that your mouth is watering and you’re all inspired to make your own macarons, I’ve made it easy for you! Here’s a recipe from Mindy’s book for Chocolate French Macarons with chocolate ganache filling – yum!
Chocolate French Macarons
100g of egg whites aged at room temperature
Pinch of Cream of tartar
35g of superfine sugar
110g of Almond flour
200g of Powdered Sugar
10g cocoa powder
1. Measure out all ingredients using a gram scale
2. Prepare the baking sheets by lining them with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Slide a printed 1 ½ inch template* sheet underneath and set aside. Prepare piping bag to be filled and set aside.
3. Sift powdered sugar, almond mixture, and cocoa powder together two or three times through a sieve and set aside.
4. Place the egg whites in a large bowl or in stand mixer with wire whisk attachment. Whisk on low until egg whites become foamy. Add the pinch of cream of tartar. Continue to whisk until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the superfine sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, scrape down the sides with a spatula.
5. Turn your mixer on medium-high and continue to whisk until you reach a stiff meringue. If adding liquid or gel food dye, do so toward the end of whisking.
6. Sift ⅓ of the almond flour, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder mixture through the sieve and into the meringue. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue. Repeat with the remaining mixture. Once all of the dry ingredients are incorporated, the batter will be thick and have a dull shine. Continue to fold. As you do so, the batter will loosen. Stop folding when the batter has a glossy sheen, a “lava-like” consistency, and falls in a ribbon like manner off the spatula.
7. Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag fitted with a round tip and pipe 1½ inch rounds on the parchment paper following the template.
8. When all of the rounds are piped on the parchment, rap the sheet pans evenly on work surface a few times. Remove templates from below your parchment paper carefully. Let the batter rest at room temperature for 20-40 minutes.
9. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees and bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes rotating the pan half way through.
10. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
11. Match up similar size shells into pairs and sandwich with filling.
About 4 dozen 1.5 in shells (two dozen sandwiched macaron cookies)
*Click here for the 1.5″ printable circle template.
Chocolate Ganache Filling
100 g (3.5 oz) chocolate*
1½ Tbsp. heavy cream
Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl.
Boil cream and pour over chocolate.
Stir until all the chocolate has melted and texture is smooth**
When warm, pipe onto macaron shells.
*I prefer to use the mini chocolate chips when possible to speed up the process.
** If the cream is not able to melt all the chocolate, place bowl in microwave. Heat for 20 seconds on low power. Remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is fully melted.
Some features that I love about the book are that it includes over 75 unique and creative designs for almost any occasion and that it comes with a CD which includes printable templates for you to use when creating your fun macaron shapes.
These apple shaped macarons are perfect for back to school season or even teacher appreciation week.
With football season just starting – wouldn’t these be fun at your next tailgating party?!
Who could refuse these cute Frankenstein macarons at your Halloween party?
Okay, these hamburger macarons are seriously the cutest little things I’ve seen!!
I LOVE the color of these macarons with the unique snowflake designs piped on top.
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