Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Heart Macarons - Rose Raspberry Macaron Recipe!

I'm really excited about today's post.  As you know, I LOVE macarons.  I have a wonderful recipe book from Laduree I received as a present one year. The book is seriously so cute but it is full of wonderful recipes.
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I wanted to try the Rose Raspberry Macarons!  It took some planning on my part - I ordered rose water from amazon ahead of time.  Let me tell you though - not only do they look cute but they taste good!!



I was a little worried how they would taste with the rose - as sometimes things with rose in them taste too much like I'm eating the flower, but these ones are nice.


Printable recipe here
Materials needed
silicone spatula
parchment paper or silpat 
electric mixer (or strong arms!)
a food scale
a piping tip and piping bag (I like the tip ateco #806)
Food coloring (gel or dry powder works best, not the liquid grocery store stuff)
a macaron template, use the heart one here 

Laduree Macarons Recipe 
275g ground almonds  
250g powdered sugar   
210g egg whites          
210g granulated sugar 

1.  Mix almond meal and the powdered sugar in a food processor. Be careful not to grind too long, otherwise it will form a paste.

2. Sift the almonds and powdered sugar. Set aside.

3. Weigh out granulated sugar.

4. Weigh the egg whites.  Beat them slowly on a low speed until foamy. SLOWLY add the granulated sugar to the egg whites as you beat.  Once all mixed, increase speed to medium and beat until a firm meringue forms.  You want a firm meringue with glossy peaks but not stiff peaks.  They should defy gravity and remain in the bowl if you turn it upside down.  If you tilt your bowl to the side and they are sliding out, keep beating.

5. Add the food coloring gel and mix.

6. Then fold in 1/3rd of the almond/sugar mixture into the meringue with a silicone spatula.  Once combined, add another third of the almond mixture. Add last bit.  This batter requires more deflation during this step since it creates such a poofy meringue.

7. Add the batter to a piping bag.  Pipe in rows using your template onto parchment paper. You can download  the heart template I created here.

8. Pick up the pan and beat until the counter.  The cookies need to rest on the counter between 30-60 minutes.  They are ready to go in the oven when they are dry to touch (the shell shouldn’t stick to your finger)

9.  Set the oven to 300F.

10. Bake the cookies for 13-15 minutes, one sheet at a time. They are done when they look kind of matte and seem firm when you lightly tap on them.  You can always rescue a slightly overcooked one with the maturation process that comes later, but you cannot rescue an undercooked one!!   

11. Remove from paper once completely cool. If they stick to the paper, they aren’t cool yet. Or you undercooked them.
Rose Cream Filling
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp (50g) water
  • 3 large (75g) egg yolks
  • 9oz (250g) softened unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp rosewater
Directions
  1. Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan, and stir until sugar dissolves. Then bring to a boil. Cook until temperature of the syrup is 250F.  
  2. Fit your mixer with the whisk and whisk the egg yolks.  Then, with the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the hot sugar mix into the bowl.  
  3. Increase the speed and beat vigorously until temp of the next mixture is 104F.
  4. Gradually add the butter in pieces.
  5. Continue beating until the mixture is cool, smooth, and creamy.
  6. Add the rosewater and stir to combine
Raspberry Filling
  • Buy your favorite OTC raspberry jam - seedless tastes much better!  Or you can make your own.
Assembly of the macarons
  1. Spoon a little bit of raspberry jam onto each macaron (or pipe it on if you're feeling fancy).
  2. On the other side of the macaron, smear some rose cream (or pipe it on, if you're feeling fancy).
  3. Place each side of the shell together.
  4. Refrigerate the macarons for a minimum of 12 hours before serving in an air-tight container. They taste MUCH better if you do this!

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Perfect for Valentines day. I love the heart shape.

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    1. Thank you! The hearts took some self-training to pipe out!

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  2. These are gorgeous and sound amazing! My husband got me a macaron cookbook and one of those silicon mats to make them for Christmas in 2014 and I STILL haven't tried making them! I just think I'll probably end up screwing them up! Hahaha.

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    1. oh, you need to try! I still have a pile of mess-ups even though I've made these a whole bunch of times! The mess-ups still taste the same!

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  3. Oh they look so pretty and sound like they are very yummy?!?!?
    Happy Valentines Day!
    ~Des

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  4. Angela,

    Your pink heart macarons are gorgeous. How adorable. I love the fact that they have the rose water and raspberry jam. I am sure they taste amazing.

    I have always been afraid of making these but maybe I should give your recipe a try.

    Thank you for the inspiration and recipe. I love these.

    Janet

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    1. If you are going to make them for the first time, I would recommend just piping circles as the hearts are kind of hard to do! If you don't have rose water, you could always make raspberry ones.

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  5. Oh my gosh, these look so adorable! And I bet they taste amazing!

    Sheila
    xo

    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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  6. Too cute! Can't go wrong with a recipe from Ladurée for macaroons and yours look fab! Thank you for sharing, pinning!

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    1. You're right, you can't go wrong following this recipe! They are so good!

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  7. Beautiful! I haven't had the courage to try making macrons yet, but these are so beautiful i think i might try!

    Pinned!

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    1. You need to give it a try! I would pipe circular ones first though as they are easier!

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  8. I too adore macarons and the heart shape is just sweet perfection!

    I have joined your party through Katherine for awhile now.

    I wanted to invite you to join in a gathering I, and 3 other ladies, will begin hosting next week, Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are striving to bring back the old days of blogging when people shared, were inspired and found friends.

    Each post that is linked up will be eligible for our grand giveaway.

    Hope to see you there!
    Laura

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    1. Oh, thanks!! I didn't realize you already share with us, I must have missed it on the link party list! I'll check at your party too!

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  9. My girls like mking mamaroons. I am passing this along to them for Valentine treats to make for their church group and school friends

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  10. These are so cute and I bet delicious. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Hope to see you again Thursday.

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  11. love these sweet valentine treats my friend, pinned and featured too xo

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  12. These are so cute! I love Laduree ... definitely one of my happy places. :)

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    1. Me too! I wish they would build one on the West coast! NYC, London and Paris are too far away!

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