Looking for a challenge? Try making these delicious macarons with dark chocolate ganache! 😋 We followed @Chelsweets recipe, and the secret is to age the egg whites overnight and play with your oven to get the right temperature. It's a bit of a long recipe, but it's worth it. Plus, you can impress your mother with your baking skills!
Here's the recipe for the ganache:
- 100g chocolate
- 50g butter (vegan butter works fine too)
- 30g coconut cream (dairy cream is also okay)
- Melt the chocolate.
- Remove from heat, add butter, and stir until melted.
- Add coconut cream and continue to cool until thick enough for piping.
- Put in a sandwich bag, cut the end off, and pipe onto the macarons for a nice finish.
Chocolate Macarons from Chelsweets:
- 110g aged egg whites - about 4 large eggs
- 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar - optional
- 110g granulated sugar (1/2 cup + 2 tsp)
- 126g superfine almond flour - blanched (1 cup + 2 Tbsp)
- 126g powdered sugar (1 cup)
- 14g unsweetened cocoa powder (2 Tbsp)
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats. Set aside.
- Pour 110g of aged egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk and mix on a medium speed until the surface of the egg whites is covered in small bubbles. Add in a pinch of cream of tartar and continue to mix until it reaches the soft peak stage where you can see the whisk leaving faint tracks in the egg whites.
- Gradually add 110g of granulated sugar into the eggs and mix on a medium speed for 30 seconds. Increase the mixing speed to a medium high speed. Keep mixing until stiff, glossy peaks form.
- Sift 126g superfine almond flour, 126g powdered sugar, and 14g of cocoa powder into the meringue, then fold the ingredients together with a rubber spatula. Use a circular motion that sweeps around the edge of the bowl and then pull through the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is getting mixed together.
- Fold until a thick ribbon of batter runs off the spatula when it is lifted. You should be able to draw a couple figure 8's with the batter running off your spatula when it is the right consistency. If the stream of batter breaks before you're able to this, you may need to stir it a bit more.
- Pour the batter into a large piping bag fit with a medium-sized round piping tip and pipe 1 3/4-inch rounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1-inch apart.
- Pipe one pan at a time and bang the pan firmly on the counter a few times to release air bubbles, then pop any remaining air bubbles that come to the surface with a toothpick.
- Let the macarons rest for 30 minutes, or until they develop a skin. The macarons should look matte once the skin has formed. While the macarons rest, preheat the oven to 315 F / 157 C.
- Bake one tray of macarons at a time on the middle rack of your oven for 18-20 minutes and rotate the pan halfway through to help them bake evenly.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the macarons cool on the pan (about 15 minutes), then gently remove them from the silpat mat.
Head to her page for more tips on how to overcome any difficults you may find: https://chelsweets.com/chocolate-macarons/