Thursday, November 6, 2014

Laduree Macaron recipe

25 individuals macaron
Preparation: 2h
Cooking: from 12 to 15 min
Finely chop the chocolate and place in a bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil. Add the chocolate in three stages mixing in thoroughly between each. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the ganache until it is smooth. Place in a roasting dish and lay plastic wrap on top so is it touching the mixture. Leave to cool at room temperature, and then place in the refrigerator for an hour until it has the consistency of soft margarine.
In a food mixer, blend together the ground almonds, confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder until you have an extremely fine powder. Sift. In a bowl placed in a bain-marie, melt the chocolate and heat to 35°C (95°F).
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Whip the eggs. When the have a mousse-like consistency, add a third of the caster sugar and whip for another minute. Add the rest of the sugar and whip for another minute before adding the melted chocolate. Then use a flexible spatula to delicately blend the almond-sugar mixture into the egg whites. Blend until white peaks form in the mixture; they should just about be able to remain standing.
Using a 12mm nozzle, pipe the mixture onto a baking tray covered with a sheet of parchment paper to form macarons 6-7 cm in diameter. Tap the tray so that the macarons settle. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F). Leave the macarons at room temperature for 10 minutes, and then cook for 12-13 minutes until the exteriors have a light crust. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then take half the macarons and place them upside down on a plate.
Finishing touches
When the ganache has consistency of soft margarine, spoon into a pastry bag with a nozzle and garnish the upside-down macarons with a nut-sized amount of ganache, then cover with other macarons to make a ganache sandwich. Put the completed macarons in the refrigerator for 12 hours before serving.
Tip
When you take the macarons out of the oven, pour a little water between the parchment paper and the baking tray by lifting the paper by the corners. The humidity and the steam produced will make removing the macarons easier when they have cooled.

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