Who else agrees with me that these macs look like little pots of make-up? They started off flat pink and red for some Valentine’s macarons, but then I glammed up a few with some shimmer and shine for added drama. For the filling, I wanted something equally dark and dramatic so I went with a sour cherry and dark chocolate ganache.
These glam macs are pulling double duties as Valentine’s macarons and celebratory macarons because I finally turned in my manuscript! The book has been such a labor of love. It’s taken me a little longer than I wanted, but I’m so pleased with the recipes and I think you guys will be too. It’s set for release Fall 2017, stay tune for more details!
Until then, yay to being off of the crazy train and back to a normal life!
Quick note on the recipe, up until now, I’ve only shared the French method, but today I’m sharing the Italian method. I actually prefer the latter because it seems more stable and more error-proof against hollows. Here are few additional notes and tips against hollows.
- KNOW YOUR OVEN. This means buy an oven thermometer to check for an accurate reading. This sounds simple, but know and experiment with your oven. For example, I have a bottom heating oven, as a result I bake on two baking sheets to insulate the heat. But when I bake in a convection oven I don’t need to double up pans like that.
- Parchment vs. Silpat: I prefer Silpats because they guarantee a flat even bottom where parchment can sometimes cause the bottom of the shells to have a slight wave from the parchment rippling (even when I’ve tried spraying non-stick down under the paper to keep it flat).
- Egg whites: I don’t age them, but I do make sure they are room temperature. Additionally, I’m not sure what the science is but the Italian method of heating the egg whites definitely seems to make a difference in stabilizing the egg whites for the meringue portion. With the Italian method, I don’t notice the the little bubbles that need to be rapped out or individually popped (Seriously, who has time to sit there and poke out every little bubble??).
- Macronage: The folding – do it with intention. Save the gentle folding for sponge cakes. The idea here is to beat the air out of the batter. The batter is ready when it resembles thick cake batter.
- Resting: I don’t rest or skin whether I’m using the French or Italian method. I fold, pipe and bake right away.
- Baking: I bake one tray at a time, because my oven heats from the bottom. When using a convection oven, I’m able to bake two trays at a time.
Black Cherry Macarons
- 90g almond flour
- 90g powdered sugar
- 30g egg whites
- 90 g granulated sugar
- 30 ml water
- 30 g egg white
- 1 g dehydrated egg whites
Heat oven to 315 degrees F.
To make the paste: In a large bowl, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar. (If using powdered food coloring, mix it now.) Add the egg whites and fold until mixture resembles a paste (If using colored food gel, mix it in now).
To make the meringue: Place sugar in a small sauce pan and pour the water over it. Do not stir. The sugar will absorb the water. Turn heat to medium high, clip a thermometer to pan and cook without stirring. Using the handle of the pan swirl pot every once in a while. Bring mixture to 240 degrees F.
While syrup is cooking, place egg whites and dehydrated egg whites into a stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on low until egg whites start to form bubbles. Increase speed to medium and beat until mixture resembles well lathered shampoo. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form.
Remove syrup from heat once it comes to temperature. Turn mixer to low and slowly drizzle syrup down the side of the bowl. Be patient, and don't be tempted to pour the syrup in too quickly otherwise it will harden against the side of the bowl. Once all the syrup is poured in, increase speed to high and beat until meringue is stiff and glossy.
Add half of the meringue to the paste and fold to combine. Add in remaining meringue and fold until batter resembles thick cake batter.
Transfer batter to a pastry bag and pipe onto Silpat. Rap baking sheet on the counter top a few times to get rid of any excess air bubbles.
Bake macaron cookies one tray at a time until macarons do not give when gently pressed and easily peel away from Silpat. Remove from oven and let macarons cool on baking sheet.
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Wow Naomi! These are absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and the flavor. Congrats on finishing the book! I’ll be counting the days until it comes out! Can’t wait! Just a heads up, you need to add the ingredients and directions for the ganache.
Seriously, I cannot get over how stunning these are. I love the extra glimmer you added. So, so , so fun and cute!
Sommer @aspicyperspective says
These are gorgeous!
Heather Christo says
Truly just gorgeous!
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says
Can I pay you to make these for my sweet? Seriously, so gorgeous!!
Kevin @ Closet Cooking says
Those macarons look so good!
Love the shimmer and shine glam!
Marla Meridith says
Love the shimmer!
Looks so lovely and the shine! I have been planning on trying to bake macaroons for a long time now. I need to try your recipe soon.
The cookies are gorgeous, but where is the black cherry part in the recipe?
Taylor Kiser says
How exciting! Congratulations on getting your manuscript turned in! These black cherry macarons are gorgeous!
Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says
WOW!!! Congratulations Naomi!! That’s the best feeling in the world to be done with your cookbook manuscript. It feels like the entire weight of the world has been lifted off of your shoulders! And I cannot WAIT to get my hands on a copy this fall! (And hopefully, maybe, possibly, somehow get you to sign it?? 🙂 ) With how incredible your recipes are here on your blog, it’s definitely going to be a best seller!
Congratulations on finishing the manuscript…I guess I am thinking we need to wait to buy the book for the recipe for the black cherry Ganache recipe
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
I refuse to try again at macs after all the failures I’ve had so I’ll just admire these beauties from afar. So pretty!!
Julie | Table for Two says
100% dying over these! Macarons are without a doubt my all time favorite!
Brian @ A Thought For Food says
CONGRATULATIONS! That’s huge news. Must feel good to have that finished.
These macarons are definitely the perfect way to celebrate (both Valentine’s Day and this milestone).
Where are the cherries?
heidi @foodiecrush says
Congratulations on finishing the manuscript! I’m sure it’s going to be positively stunning. And these macarons, I’ve never attempted to make them but that shimmer is giving me inspiration.
Where is the black cherry part of the recipe?
The filling recipe is missing!
I don’t see black cherries or chocolate in the recipe? Is this a recipe for plain macarons or cherry chocolate macarons?
There are plenty of macaron recipes out “there” – I was interested in the Black Cherry filling. Please provide that recipe. Merci beau coup! 🙂
Is there a recipe for the black cherry ganache?
Really want to try these macarons but still no recipe for the filling?
How is this a cherry macaron with no cherries or cherry flavoring..?