French Chocolate Macaroons

French macarons are decadent almond based treats with a crisp outer shell that melts in your mouth with a  flavour in the  filling.
When I started my life as a chef I worked with lots of well experienced chef. I learnt to do macaroons from one of them. It was so interesting to make them bundle them and pack them.After I did 1000 macaroons for one of my executive chefs daughters wedding. I love to make them. You can make macaroons in different colours and flavours.

The advantage is you can leave macaroons in fridge for a week or two and freeze them for 3-4 months. They are so handy to have to treat an unexpected guest. All you have to do is to thaw it out side for several minutes.

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Ingrediensts

  • 225g Icing Sugar
  • 140g Almond Meal
  • 110g Egg whites
  • 1 tblsp cocoa

For the filling

  • 100g Chocolate
  • 50g Cream

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate over simmering water with cream.
  2. Once melted cool and put in the fridge.
  3. Add egg whites to a clean mixing bowl.
  4. Start whisking adding icing sugar .
  5. Once it holds the shape take out .
  6. Mix cocoa and almond meal. If you have food processor process it several min. If not pass it through a sieve.
  7. Add the almond meal little by little and fold it.
  8. Fill a piping bag with a nozzle.
  9. Pipe giving pressure to the pan.
  10. Tap on the table to release the air.
  11. Leave half an hour to one hour to form a crust. (when you touch it will not come to your fingers)
  12. Bake  on 160c about 20-30 min.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.
  14. Fill with the prepared chocolate . (Can freeze the excess too)

 

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