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Macarons with Dark Chocolate Jasmine Ganache

This has been my go-to Macaron recipe for YEARS. This sweet meringue-based confection may feel intimidating to make, but get ready. After reading through these tips to get you familiar with the process of making macarons with dark chocolate jasmine ganache, you’ll feel as if the time is now to master them in your very own kitchen! 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Ganache, Macarons, Pastry
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Resting Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
Servings: 16 Macarons (32 Shells)
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Emily Laurae

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  • Mixer with Whisk Attachment
  • Spatula
  • Bowls
  • Parchment Paper
  • Baking Tray
  • Piping Bags & Piping Tips
  • Saucepan
  • Immersion Blender (optional)

Ingredients
 

Macarons

  • 76 g ( cup + 1 teaspoon ) Granulated Sugar
  • 90 ml (About 3 egg whites ) Room Temperature Egg Whites
  • 80 g (¾ Cup + 1 Tbsp) Almond Flour, Blanched
  • 150 g (1 ¼ Cup ) Confection’s Sugar, Powdered Sugar

Dark Chocolate Jasmine Ganache

  • 100 g ( Cup + 1.5 Tbsp) Heavy Cream
  • 5 g Dried Jasmine Flowers
  • Whole Milk, as needed
  • 32 g (1.5 tablespoon) Glucose Syrup, or Corn Syrup
  • 100 g ( Cup) Dark Chocolate, Roughly Chopped
  • 75 g (½ Cup) Milk Chocolate, Roughly Chopped
  • 25 g (2 tablespoon) Unsalted Butter , Room temperature

Instructions

Macarons

  • Line each baking sheet with your prepared parchment templates and prepare your piping bags along with your piping tips. I like to use a small, round piping tips for piping.
  • Pour your egg whites into the bowl of a a kitchen aid and start whisking on medium speed. Once they start to foam, slowly add your sugar and bring up your speed to medium for about three to four minutes. 
  • While your meringue is whisking away, grind together your measured powdered sugar and almond flour using a food processor for one minute. Sift these dry ingredients into a large bowl with a fine sieve and set aside. 
  • Your meringue is complete when it holds stiff peaks - add desired food coloring and gently whisk for a few additional seconds to incorporate,
  • Now it’s time for the ever so important Macaronage! This is the act of mixing your dry ingredients into your french meringue and folding these ingredients enough to allow for the perfect desired consistency. To start, pour your dry mixture onto the meringue and slowly start to fold with a spatula. While rotating the bowl, continue to fold ingredients together. Press mixture on the side of your bowl until the mixture the batter flows off your spatula rather slowly and smoothly. You should see that the batter will drip off the spatula back into the bowl, and rest on top for a moment. Then, the batter from your spatula will slowly sink back into the mixture. One too many folds and your batter could be over mixed leading to it being impossible to work with, so be careful not to overmix!
  •  Pour your macaron batter into your prepared piping bag and pipe in circles onto your templated parchment paper. In order to get rid of any air bubbles within your piped shells and to even out your tops, tap your baking sheet firmly on a flat surface. You can always use a toothpick to gently pop any extra air bubbles that you see hovering on top of your shells.
  • Allow the shells to rest for approximately 30 minutes. Once the top of your shells are dry to the touch they are ready to bake! 
  • Place your macarons in your oven that has been preheated to 310 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 9 minutes, then rotate the baking tray and bake for an additional 2 minutes. 
  • You will know that your macarons are ready to remove from the oven when you gently touch the upper shell, and it barely moves, while the developed foot of the macaron stays set to the parchment paper. Remove from the oven to cool completely before removing shells from the parchment paper.

Dark Chocolate Jasmine Ganache

  • Add cream and jasmine to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat, cover and allow to infuse for 15-30 minutes depending on how strong you’d like the flavor to be.
  • Strain the infused cream through  cheesecloth, squeezing the leftover jasmine in order to extract all the infused cream. Weigh the cream again to make sure you still have a total of 100g. If not, add a touch of milk until you reach 100g.
  • Add infused cream & glucose to a saucepan and bring to a slight boil. Remove from heat and pour over the dark chocolate. Stir to combine as the warm cream starts to melt the chocolate. 
  • Add the butter into your warm chocolate mixture and, using an  immersion blender, blend ganache until the butter has fully incorporated and your mixture is smooth. Allow to cool until chocolate ganache has set before assembly. 

Assembly 

  • Once cooled, the shells will peel easily off of your parchment paper. Find each shell's matching half and pipe a circle of ganache into the middle. Finally top with the  matching half. 

Notes

Technically, allowing your completed macarons to sit overnight in the fridge allows for the best texture for consuming! If you have the patience, place your macarons  in the fridge overnight and enjoy the following day. Macaron shells can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for a month and still taste as good as new! Take the frozen macarons our of the freezer and let them sit for 10-15 minutes before enjoying, In the fridge, filled macarons should be stored in an airtight container for no more than 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
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