I’m a big believer that delicious desserts conjure good feelings. When was the last time you had a intensely chocolaty hot chocolate with a rich taste, smooth texture and exquisite aroma? This is my twist of the classic wintertime staple in cookie form. The hot chocolate macaron. A crispy yet chewy cookie with a rich, bold chocolate flavor filled with an intense, smooth and spicy ganache filling. Chocoholics, this one is for you.
Aged egg whites make a world’s a difference with French macarons – the batter will have a perfect consistency and the macaron baked evenly, producing lovely ruffled “feet’. I recommend using Valrhona cocoa powder.
Our most popular macaron kicks up with a little spice. Filled with a creamy melt-in-you-mouth chocolate ganache.
- 100 g Egg whites
- 90 g Almond meal
- 180 g Powdered sugar
- 3.6 Tbsp Granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp Cocoa powder
- Beat egg whites until foamy and add in one tablespoon of granulated sugar one by one. Add in cinnamon, nutmeg and food coloring. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Sift almond meal, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar together in a separate bowl.
- Fold in almond meal and powdered sugar into the stiff egg whites until you get a lava-like batter. Use a rubber spatula for this step. Note: It's important to not undermix and overmix the batter.
- Transfer batter to a piping bag with Wilton 12 round tip and pipe circles onto a Silpat. Note: If your batter is more on the runny side, leave plenty of room between the circles because the batter will spread.
- Allow a hard crust to form on the freshly piped macarons. This will take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on the humidity in your kitchen.
- Preheat oven to 305F. Bake macarons for 7 minutes on each side to ensure even baking.
- Allow macarons to cool before removing from Silpat. Store in an air-tight container up to one week.
The inspiration for these hot chocolate macarons comes from GREEN & BLACK’s Spiced Chilli chocolate bar. Pink pepper and juniper berries enhance the fruity notes in the spices whilst chilli provides warmth, all leading up to a lovely burst of heat; just enough to leave you wanting more. The spicy ganache for the hot chocolate macarons is made from melting the bar with whipped cream and whipping it into a creamy and smooth ganache.
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