As I alluded to in my macaron ice cream sandwich post, after my first attempt at macarons, I was eager to try again. Of course, I needed to have aged egg whites first, so I had to wait a little.

I debated whether to stick to the same recipe or check out another one. Annie’s Eats had blogged about chocolate macarons as being her first successful attempt. This seemed like a sign. Of course, like Annie, I was slightly concerned. I had read an article by David Lebovitz that chocolate macarons are the hardest to master.

However, Annie’s recipe seemed simple enough and she had success with it. So I gave it a shot. Learning from my mistakes on my first attempt, this time the process of making macarons went pretty smoothly. And rather than having some misshapen shells, almost all my macarons puffed up completely and had perfectly round circles. Horray!

The wait time between piping and putting these in the oven is a lot longer than my previous matcha macaron recipe. However, I think this may have helped the shells to developer a nice, firm exterior prior to being baked.

While I’m definitely no master yet at making these, I did feel like this bunch was a lot easier to make than my first one. I can’t wait to try lots of other flavors now that I know how to make these.

I talked about my main tips on my last post, but here they are again:

1. Make sure you use a scale to measure out your ingredients. This is
something I kept reading about over and over again. You want precise
measurements.

2. Age your egg whites. I aged mine for 48 hours at room temperature.
When I first read about having to age egg whites, I was a bit taken
aback about this, but I was reassured by reading this on other blogs.

3. Here is a great video showing you the different steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDo0SgDKLVw&feature=player_embedded

Chocolate Macarons (recipe found on Annie’s Eats who got the recipe from Use Real Butter, who adapted it from Tartlette)

Ingredients:
For the macarons:
110 gm blanched almond flour (I used JK Gourmet Almond Flour)
200 gm minus 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp. cocoa powder (Dutch-process preferred)
100 gm egg whites (from about 3 eggs), aged at room temperature for 24-48 hours
50 gm granulated sugar

For the espresso ganache:
½ cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tbsp. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1½ tsp. espresso powder

Directions

1. Add the confectioners’ sugar, almond flour and cocoa powder to the bowl and process
until blended.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk
attachment, whip the egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy.
Gradually add the granulated sugar and continue beating until a smooth,
shiny meringue with stiff peaks forms.  Add the ground almond mixture
to the bowl with the meringue and quickly but gently fold together using
a wide rubber spatula until no streaks remain.  You want to achieve a
thick batter that ribbons or flows from the spatula when lifted.

2. Line
two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.  Transfer the batter to a
piping bag fitted with a plain wide round tip.  Pipe into small rounds
on the prepared baking sheets (each round should be about 1-1½ inches in
diameter), spaced about 2 inches apart.  Let sit at room temperature for
about an hour to develop a hard shell.

3. Preheat the oven to
300?F.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on size.  Transfer the pans to a
wire cooling rack and let cool completely before moving the cookies.

4. While
the cookies are cooling, make the ganache.  Combine the cream, butter
and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Place the chopped
chocolate in a small heatproof bowl.  Bring the cream mixture to a
simmer, remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.  Let stand 2
minutes, then whisk gently in small circular motions until the ganache
forms.  Blend in the espresso powder.  Let the mixture cool until it is
thick enough to pipe.

5. Once the cookies are totally cooled, match them up by
size.  Pipe a layer of ganache onto the flat side of one cookie of each
pair.  Sandwich together with the remaining cookie, pushing the filling
to the edges.  Store in an airtight container.

   

17 Responses to “Chocolate Macarons”

  1. susan — July 24, 2010 at 6:53 am

    macaroons are so delicious and fun. such a treat for everyone! yours look terrific!

  2. The Cilantropist — July 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

    These macs look really awesome, and anything chocolate is always better. :) If you want more macaron tips, one of my other fav bloggers went a little mac crazy earlier this year and has practically a “book” with tips, check it out: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/04/macarons-101-french-meringue.html

  3. Jane Ko — July 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I agree about the aging the egg whites, makes a world of a difference!
    I’m having a giveaway at my blog and I would like to invite you to participate at http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/07/ximending-giveaway.html

  4. Kirbie — July 28, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Thanks! I love macarons. I could eat them all day.

  5. Kirbie — July 28, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I actually read this before I made these macs. I agree, this post is really helpful, though I didn’t end up using her recipe. I love all the colorful macs she made. I want to do that too!

  6. Kirbie — July 28, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for telling me about your giveaway. I love Taiwanese snacks!

  7. LT — August 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I was directed here from xanga/ireallylikefood and I’m really anxious to try out this and the Matcha recipe. They look gorgeous and absolutely delicious!

  8. Kirbie — August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Hi LT, I hope you continue to visit my site. I don’t have much association with the xanga site..I gave them permission a long time ago to put up some of my posts as long as they give me credit. But I’m never notified about my posts being put up, comments, and they often change/alter things in my posts.

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  14. Meki — January 3, 2012 at 12:03 am

    I also did Annie’s macarons but turned out as meringues :( I might try again but I’m too scared.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 12:08 am

      Hmm, have you had success with any other recipes? Ive used this one with no problems.

  15. Maria — September 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    hi, your macaroons look a bit flatter than they should be… perhaps, you overmixed the batter a bit? ;)

    • Kirbie replied: — September 20th, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

      I think the macaron shapes also depend on the recipe. For the recipe I used, they all look like this.

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