Coffee and Chocolate Ganache Macarons
Almond-coffee meringue cookies are sandwiched with chocolate ganache. These macarons are absolutely additive, no wonder these small sweets are so popular in Paris. After you pop one into your mouth, you want another one, and another one...
at room temeprature, 90g
or ground almond, or almond meal, 125g
if you like stronger taste, add another tablespoon
bittersweet, chopped, 125g
heavy whipping cream
Add the almond meal (or whole almonds), icing sugar and coffee powder in a food processor, process until finely ground and well combined.
In a large bowl, force the mixture through a sieve with the back of a spoon. (I put the final coarser pieces in the sieve back into my mixture, but if you prefer a smoother texture, just discard the coarser pieces). Set aside.
Add the egg whites into a stand mixer with an electric whisk.
Whip the egg whites under medium speed first, gradually increase the speed to medium-high, until it becomes foamy and starts to hold the shape, 2 to 3 minutes.
Increase the speed to high, continue beating, start to add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, until all the sugar is added and disolved, about 5 minutes until the egg whites are stiff.
The meringue is done, and turn off the machine.
Add the almond-icing sugar mixture and vanilla into the egg white mixture within a few bunches.
With a rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture from the middle to the edges, rotating the bowl at the same time, until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated, should be less than 50 strokes.
The batter should be smooth, shiny and ribbon-like.
You can test by placing a teaspoonful of batter onto a small plate, see if this small round will flatten out within 10 seconds; if not, give the batter more strokes.
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Fill a large pastry bag with batter and, using a 2-cm (½ inch) tip, vertically pipe the mixture into small 1-inch mounds.
The batter should slowly flatten themselves out within 10 seconds.
Tap the trays against the couter top a few times to remove any air bubbles and help flattern the rounds.
Allow the macarons to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until they are no longer wet when lightly touched and a skin-like texture forms.
Bake at 300℉ (150℃) for 15 to 20 minutes.
Macarons should be smooth and shiny, with the“foot” underneath.
Remove macarons from the oven. Let cool for about 5 minutes and remove with a cookies lifter onto a wire rack.
To make the ganache:
Add the chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl.
Pour the cream into a small saucepan, bring to a boil.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
Stir constantly until chocolate is melted and the cream-chocolate mixture is smooth.
Stir in the butter until melted. The ganache should be shiny and smooth.
Allow to cool until thickened. (You can put it in the frige for a few minutes)
Pipe a teaspoon of filling over a macaron shell, top with another shell and twist until ganache is evenly spread.
Repeat until all the shells are sandwiched.
Note: The macarons can be kept in an air-tight container in the frige for up to 1 week. I put mine into freezer, and when they thawed out, still perfectly fine.