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Monday, May 21, 2012

Macarons ( David Lebovits)

Chocolate Macarons
Adapted from The Sweet Life in Paris (Broadway) by David Lebovitz

Chocolate Macaron Batter:

100 gr icing sugar
 50 gr ground almonds
 25 gr unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  2 large egg whites ( about 36 gr each), at room temperature
 65 gr granulated sugar

Plain Macarons Batter :

125 gr icing sugar
 50 gr ground almonds
   2 large egg whites ( about 36 gr each), at room temperature
 65 gr granulated sugar

Filling :

125 ml Whipping Cream
125 gr bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
 15 gr unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Method :

Preheat oven to 150ยบ C.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready.

Grind together the powdered sugar with the almond powder and cocoa so there are no lumps; use a blender or food processor since almond meal that you buy isn’t quite fine enough.

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes.

Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag (standing the bag in a tall glass helps if you’re alone).

Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch (3 cm) circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch (3 cm) apart.

Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons, then bake them for 10-12 minutes. After 3 min, open the door oven  to let the hot air come out.

Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.

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