CHOCOLATE NOIR MACARON AND GOLD DUST RECIPE
55g Rainforest Alliance vegan dark chocolate
55g Rainforest Alliance vegan dark chocolate
72g Ground Almonds
108g icing sugar
5g cocoa powder
40g caster sugar
Pot edible gold dust
Silicone macaron baking mat 48 cavities
4mm plain tip nozzle
Reusable piping bag
60g egg whites (or for vegan 60ml aquafaba and a pinch of cream of tartar)
100ml double cream (dairy or plant)
You will need to add
Empty the dark chocolate into a non-metallic bowl. Pour in the cream and microwave (1-2 mins) for 30 second bursts stirring each time you take out. The ganache should be smooth and glossy with no hard chocolate piece remaining.
Pop the bowl in the freezer for 30 mins to 1 hour to cool and thicken. After 30 minutes check and whisk. It should be the consistency and thickness of buttercream icing so that it is easily pipeable. If not quite there, put it back in for another 15 mins.
*If the mixture does end up becoming too solid. Put it in the microwave for 5 seconds and whisk, so it has the right consistency. Once you have achieved this put the ganache in the fridge.
Meanwhile, using a wooden spoon as a wedge if needed, open your oven door by 1-2cm and heat the oven to 150°C/gas mark 2/ 300°F. Alternatively, if your oven is a well-ventilated fan oven you can have the door closed and lower the temperature to 120°C/gas mark ½/250°F
Lay the macaron baking mat onto a large baking tray. Place the piping bag pointy end down, into a tall glass. Slightly tilt upwards so that the mixture doesn’t fall through.Carefully separate out 60ml (approx. 2 large eggs) of egg whites into a clean mixing bowl or a freestanding mixer.
* If you want to make this recipe plant based you can use aquafaba and a pinch of cream of tartar.
Spoon out 1 tsp of the caster sugar from the sugar bag. Now pour on 2 tsp of boiling water. Stir until grains are dissolved and set aside.Into the mixing bowl add the remaining caster sugar to the egg whites (or aquafaba). Using an electric whisk, whisk the ingredients together on a high speed for 5 minutes. Once complete, turn your whisk to face upwards and check that the ‘peaks’ in the mixture are very stiff (they should remain upright unaided). You now have a meringue mixture.
Note: if you do not have an electric whisk you can do this by hand, but you will need to really whisk vigorously and potentially have to whisk for at least 10-15 mins until you have stiff peaks as described above.Empty the macaron mix into a bowl. Sieve the powders (only use one teaspoon of the cocoa powder). The almond will not go through a fine sieve but that is ok, you just want to get rid of any obvious large bits (over 3mm diameter).
Once the macaron mix is lump free, empty the dry contents into the meringue.Now comes the crucial part of mixing the batter. Do this by scooping the mixture up with your spatula and pressing it back down into the centre of the bowl. Repeat this action 30 times, rotating the bowl as you go. With the spatula raised, you should now see a treacle like ribbon of batter that takes about 20 seconds to fall back into the batter. If it is thicker than this, fold again and re-check until the consistency is perfect. It should be smooth and shiny with no grainy bits when you stop folding and it settles. When you have the right consistency, pour the mixture into the piping bag, keeping it in the glass. Pick up the bag with one hand on the nozzle end, and the other hand sealing the open end in a twist.
Pipe batter onto each of the cavities on the macaron baking mat. Pipe generous rounds (circular disks of mixture) 1mm outside of the inner circles of the macaron baking mat.Pipe using a slight swirling motion from the centre of the round to disperse the batter, or pipe using a 45-degree angle.
Experiment and see what works better for you. Take your time. The key is to get control of the flow of mixture. Tilt the bag upward if you feel it starts oozing out too much.Remove any air bubbles by tapping the baking mat firmly against your kitchen counter several times, rotating the sheet as you go. When complete, the macarons will form perfect circular rounds in the grooves of the mat. If they do not you may need to tease them a little with a teaspoon.Let the macarons rest on your kitchen counter until the tops form a skin. They are ready to bake when you touch the tops of the rounds, and the mixture doesn’t stick to your finger. Depending on humidity, this will take around 15-30 minutes. You want to make sure they are dry.Put your macarons into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check if the macarons come away from the mat easily. If not, return them to the oven for 5-10 minutes at a time and keep rechecking.
The easiest way to take them off the mat is to flip the mat onto a tea towel (so shells are upside down) and peel the mat away. See video.
Cool the macarons upside down for 10 minutes or until completely hardened.Turn the shells the right way up. Dip a finger in sugar syrup mixture and wet the tops of the macarons a little. Sprinkle the gold dust over your macarons to decorate.
- Pipe the ganache onto half the macaron shells. Try to pair up shells according to size and form sandwiches twist rather than pushing them together otherwise they may break.Your beautiful macarons are finished! You can enjoy them straight away, but they are even better 24-48 hours later. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature before you serve them.This process is called “ageing” and softens the inside of the shells, whilst keeping the outer shells crisp. Yummy
TIP: Your macarons can be enjoyed for up to 7 days (if kept refrigerated). You can also freeze them 48 hours after they are made and bring them out when you have guests that you would like to impress! Make sure you defrost them for at least two hours at room temperature before eating.
This videos shows our chocolate macaron recipe, but will give you a good visual guide to how to make caramel macarons too. For the longer form video tutorial, click here.
Icing Sugar, ALMONDS, Vegan dark chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Raw Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter), Cocoa powder, Sugar.
For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold.
*Although this product does not contain these ingredients, trace particles of gluten, sesame, milk and soy may be present from manufacturing outside our control.
Calories 68, Fat 4.1 grams, Saturated Fat 1.2 grams, Sugar 8.1 grams