The French sure do know how to do up some delicate pastries. These macaroons are soft, sweet, and they melt in your mouth.
French Buttercream MacaronsCuisine: Dessert, FrenchDifficulty: Difficult
- Buttercream Filling
2 Cups confectioners’ sugar
6 oz Raspberries
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 Tsp. coconut extract (optional)
2 Tablespoons coconut milk
2 sticks salted butter, softened
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1 3/4 Cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/4 Cups almond flour
1/4 Cup coconut flour
2/3 Cup egg whites
3 T granulated sugar
1-3 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)
- For the Macarons
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F using the convection setting. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats. Measure the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour by spooning them into measuring cups and leveling with a knife. Transfer to a bowl; whisk to combine.
- Sift the sugar-almond flour mixture, a little at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to pass through as much as possible. It will take a while, and up to 2 tablespoons of coarse almond flour may be left; just toss it
- Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium high; gradually add the superfine sugar and beat until stiff and shiny, about 5 more minutes.
- Bake the first batch until the cookies are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a u0022foot,u0022 about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat, using a double sheet for each batch. Peel the cookies off the mats and sandwich with a thin layer of filling (see below).
- For the Filling
- Tint the batter with 2 drops neon pink gel food coloring; flavor with almond extract. Fill with seedless raspberry jam (you’ll need about 3/4 cup).
- Use a clean piping bag to pipe the filling on top of the bottom cookie. Now place another cookie on top. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling.