Chocolate Macarons with Blackberry and Buttercream

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Macarons are one of my all-time favorite desserts. They’re soft, delicate, beautiful, and so incredibly delicious. But, as many of us macaron lovers know, they can be annoyingly expensive. So why not try making them at home? I know that the task can be daunting, but I promise they’re not hard to make! It takes some time and patience, but it certainly isn’t difficult. Make these and you’ll never have to worry about forking over an arm and a leg for a macaron ever again!

Makes 16 macarons

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

Macarons:

  • 75 g ground almonds
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 50 g caster sugar

Filling:

  • 55 g unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 115 g icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp blackberry jam

Directions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, process the ground almonds, icing sugar, and cocoa powder for 15 seconds.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks are formed (test this out by turning your whisk upside down, the peaks should be just starting to hold, but melt back after a second). Gradually whisk in the caster sugar until you reach a firm and glossy meringue.
  3. Fold the almond and cocoa powder mixture into the meringue one third at a time using a spatula. Once all the dry ingredients are well combined, continue to cut and fold the mixture until and shiny batter with a thick, ribbon-like consistency is formed.
  4. Pour the mixture into a piping bag with a half inch plain nozzle. Pipe 32 small rounds onto the prepared baking sheets. The trick to piping is to keep the nozzle straight above the baking sheet and to have it pretty close to the baking sheet so that the tip of the nozzle hits the top of the macaron once you’ve finished piping it. When finished, lift straight up to avoid an uneven or lumpy macaron.
  5. Once you have finished piping, tap the baking sheets firmly onto a flat work surface in order to remove air bubbles. Leave at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 160ยฐC/325ยฐF.
  6. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes and then allow to cool for 10 minutes. Once cooled, carefully peel the macarons from the baking paper. Then leave to cool completely for another 10 minutes.
  7. For the filling, whisk the butter and vanilla extract in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Slowly whisk in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the buttercream into a piping bag and set aside.
  8. To assemble the macarons, take one macaron and in the center add about half a teaspoon of blackberry jam. Then pipe a small amount of buttercream around the blackberry jam. Take a second macaron and then sandwich them together, making sure to press them very gently to avoid squeezing out the filling.
  9. Repeat with the rest and enjoy your delicious home made macaroons!

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