Every time I make macarons, it’s always a love-hate start. I question the macaronage, my flavor pairings and most of all, why am I so stubborn when it comes to these little buggers?
I’ll tell you why. It’s because macarons are all about technique – 5 ingredients (the basic macaron recipe) to triumph or 5 ingredients to hair-pulling frustration. That’s right, these cookies contain only five ingredients. One fold too many and you’ve over mixed the cute little feet right out of them, one fold too few and you may end up with lopsided feet. Turn the heat too high and they will implode or end up hollow, too low and the bottoms will stick from being under baked.
There are a few more factors to take into consideration before I completely scare you off of these cookies. Let’s agree, as I once said in another macaron post, ugly or not, feet-less or cracked – they will still taste good.
But in my pursuit of trying to control all the variables, I’m doing a lot of testing, so stay tuned and I’ll report my findings in a comprehensive post soon. Until then, let’s enjoy these Jasmine Rose Macarons filled with raspberry jasmine flavored jam and champagne buttercream. If you really want to get creative with the filling, check out all the suggestions here on my Instagram feed, after I put out a filling query.
- 35g granulated sugar
- 105g egg whites
- 230g confectioners sugar
- 130g almond meal
Raspberry Jasmin Jam
- 1 cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1 teaspoon loose jasmin tea leaves
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2-2 cups confectioner sugar
- 1 - 2 tablespoons champagne
To make macarons: Line bake sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Place egg whites and sugar in a stand mixer bowl and fit mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat on medium low speed until egg whites start to form loose translucent bubbles. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until meringue turns foamy and white and starts to resemble well lathered shampoo, about 2 minutes. Increase mixer to high and beat until meringue holds glossy stiff peaks, about another 2-3 minutes. *If you are using liquid food coloring, add it in now and beat until just combined. Turn off mixer.
Process almond meal and powdered sugar in a food processor and then sift. Discard any large chunks. *If you are using powdered food coloring, whisk it in now.
Add dry ingredients to meringue. Using a sturdy spatula, fold and smash dry mixture into meringue against the bowl for about 20-25 folds. Don’t worry about being gentle the idea is to knock the air out of it. The batter should hold its shape when spooned on itself and start to slowly flatten out after about 15-20 seconds. Start checking the batter after 20 folds for readiness. Transfer batter to pastry bag and let rest for 20 minutes before piping.
Pipe inch circles onto parchment lined bake sheet. Take hold of pan and give it quick hard tap against the counter, turn the pan 90 degrees and give it another quick hard tap. This will deflate any bubbles and will help to prevent cracked shells.
Bake macarons at 300 degrees F, until macarons easily lift away from paper, about 20 minutes.
To make raspberry jasmine jam: Place jam in a small sauce pan and heat until simmering. Place jasmine tea leaves in an infuser and steep in heated jam for 2 minutes. Remove infuser and whisk jam to fully incorporate tea flavor. Set aside to cool completely
To make champagne buttercream: Cream butter in a stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment. Add powdered sugar and beat on low until sugar is absorbed, then turn mixer to high and beat for another 30-60 seconds. Add champagne in one tablespoon at a time and beat until well incorporated. (If mixture is too thick add additional champagne, one teaspoon at time until piping consistency is achieved.)
Assembly: Pipe buttercream dam around bottom of one cookie. Fill center of dam with raspberry jasmine jam. Place second cookie on top. *Optional: Finish with a dusting of edible rose petals.