Monday, May 6, 2013

French Macarons with Chocolate Hazelnut Filling

This week is National Teacher Appreciation week …and boy do we appreciate our teachers! I always say that I have complete respect for teachers because that is one job I absolutely could not do.

I don’t have the patience to be a teacher. Surprise, surprise……. I know. (My family is all chuckling as they read this.) So that being said, I definitely try to do something special for, not only my Son’s teacher, but all the teachers in his elementary school.

Since I am not ready to reveal what I am making up for Ben’s teacher, I will share what I am whipping up for the whole staff.

Like I said, I decided to do something extra special so I spent the day baking away on..

macarons 

I actually used Martha Stewart’s Recipe for the cookie. I linked her name if you would like to take a look at it.

Here is my ground almonds…

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I basically followed the directions exactly except I did one extra step..

After I ground my almonds and mixed them with the powdered sugar, I sifted the mixture really well to ensure a smooth consistency when I incorporated it with the egg whites. I feel this is a MUST do when making these delicate cookies!

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Here they are ready to be baked, they even look pretty like this..

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Once they sit for a few minutes they will smooth out, then you can bake them.

Something else that you will want to take into consideration is your oven. Every oven is different and you may have to do a test batch to see exactly how you should bake these. I found the best for my oven was at 350 for 12 minutes with the door open to the first catch. They came out pretty perfect with this method.

 

So then I went about making the filling..

I took 3 TBSP. of room temperature Butter and 2 TBSP. of Nutella hazelnut spread and whipped them together..

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I then added 1 TBSP of cocoa powder and 2 tsp. of brewed espresso.

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Then I slowly incorporated 3 Cups of powdered sugar. If the filling is too stiff, add a splash of milk.

I then filled a pastry bag with the filling..

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and filled my cookies with the yummy chocolaty goodness. One tip! Be very careful when pushing the cookies together to make a sandwich, they crush very easily. If all goes well, you should have something like this..

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So delicate and yummy! Once you crack the delicate outside of the cookie, you experience a creamy goodness to die for.

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So I hope the teacher like there cookies tomorrow..and I hope I have some left to actually give them because I’ve been chasing all my men out of the kitchen this evening like crazy!

Happy Monday.

love,

Val

2 comments:

  1. I hope I get the pleasure of letting one of these lucious, delicate pastries melt in my big mouth! THEY LOOK DELICIOUS!!!!! You never cease to amaze me lady!

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    1. Aww..thanks Susie, I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for being an awesome teacher!

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