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jelly donut flavored French macarons made with donut frosting, homemade raspberry jam and confectioner's sugar

Raspberry Jelly Donut Macarons

  • Author: Posh Little Designs
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Macarons
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Soft and chewy almond macarons shells, filled with vegan glazed donut flavored frosting and homemade raspberry jelly. Dusted in a coating of confectioners sugar, for that classic jelly donut taste. Dairy & Gluten Free.


Ingredients

Scale

FOR THE MACARON SHELLS:

  • 106 grams of almond meal
  • 106 grams powdered sugar
  • 41 and 45 grams of egg whites divided
  • 115 grams of granulated sugar
  • 79 grams of water
  • dash of cream of tartar or lemon juice for stabilizing
  • ¼ tsp brown gel food coloring

FOR THE GLAZED DONUT FROSTING (Vegan):

  • 1/2 cup organic shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 8 drops donut flavored extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla (gf)
  • 2 tsp alternative milk

FOR THE RAPSBERRY JELLY:

  • 1.5 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed and drained.
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp organic sugar
  • 3 tsp pectin powder

Additional supplies:

  • 1 piping bag fitted with round piping tip (12) for frosting.
  • 1 piping bag fitted with a round tip (Wilton 12) for macaron batter.
  • 1 piping bag for raspberry jam
  • confectioners sugar for dusting the macaron shells

Instructions

FOR THE MACARONS:

  1. Wipe down the mixing bowl and whisk attachment with vinegar to remove any built up residue. This will ensure that the egg whites whisk up properly.
  2. Prep and measure all of the ingredients using a kitchen scale.
  3. Prep a piping bag with a round tip. I use Wilton tip 12.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with silpat (or parchment).
  5. Combine measured almond meal & powdered sugar together in a bowl. Sift one time to remove any lumps, discarding of them, then mix together to break up clumps.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry mix and pour the 41 grams of measured egg whites into the center of the dry mixture. Fold together until blended then add gel food coloring and mix well until fully incorporated. The finished mix will be paste-like. Set aside.
  7. For the sugar syrup:
  8. To make the sugar syrup, heat granulated sugar and water in a pot on medium heat with a candy thermometer attached to the side. **Be careful to make sure the thermometer is not touching the bottom of the pot**.
  9. Once the thermometer’s temperature reaches approximately 200 degrees F, place the 45 grams of measured egg whites in the stand mixer and whisk on medium speed, to soft peaks.
  10. Add a drop of lemon juice or dash of cream of tartar to stabilize, THEN continue whisking.
  11. If the egg whites are at soft peaks before the syrup reaches 248 F, turn the mixer down to low speed to keep the egg whites moving.
  12. Watch the sugar syrup closely!
  13. As soon as the sugar syrup reaches 248 degrees F, remove from heat.
  14. Quickly increase mixer speed to medium and begin slowly pouring the sugar syrup down the side of your mixing bowl into the meringue until thoroughly combined.
  15. THEN increase the mixing speed to high and whisk sugar and meringue together until glossy and stiff peaks form and the meringue has cooled. (The meringue should keep its form.)
  16. Gently transfer finished meringue into the almond/powdered sugar mixture in thirds, making sure that it’s fully incorporated before adding the additional 3rd of meringue.
  17. Continue to fold the batter in a circular motion, going around the edges of the bowl, then once through the center. Repeat these steps until smooth and thick ribbons of batter run off the spatula.
  18. **Be careful not to over-mix**
  19. You want the batter to be slightly thick, but not so thin that it does not hold the ribbon shape. Err on the side of caution.
  20. Transfer batter to the prepped piping bag(s).
  21. Pipe 1 1/2 inch rounds about one inch apart on the lined baking sheet.
  22. Be sure to hold the piping bag about 1/2 inch directly above the baking sheet when piping the rounds. Continue to pipe until you’ve filled an entire baking sheet.
  23. *Tap the macarons on the counter three times to release air bubbles.
  24. *Pop any air bubbles that might’ve come to the surface, using a scribe or even a toothpick.
  25. Before placing the macs in the oven, allow them to rest until a proper skin has formed on the outside of the shell. This can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes. Test by touching the piped rounds to make sure they’re dry to touch and that no batter comes off on fingers.
  26. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  27. Once dry to touch, place the macarons in the middle rack of the oven.
  28. Feet will form halfway through the baking process.
  29. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  30. Remove from oven and allow 15-20 minutes to cool before attempting to remove the shells from the silpat/parchment paper.
  31. Once macarons are completely cool, gently remove from parchment paper/silpat.
  32. Repeat same steps to bake the remaining macaron batter.
  33. They’re ready to fill.

FOR THE DONUT FROSTING:

  1. Mix shortening/butter, powdered sugar, donut flavoring, alternative milk and vanilla in a stand mixer until incorporated.
  2. Transfer filling to piping bag fitted with wilton tip 12 and set aside.

FOR THE RASPBERRY JAM

  1. Heat the raspberries and lemon juice in a pot on medium, until the berries begin to break down.
  2. Mash raspberries with a potato masher, then press through a strainer to remove the seeds.
  3. You can add a portion of the pulp/seeds back to the pot of strained raspberries if desired.
  4. Transfer strained raspberries back to the pot and return to simmer.
  5. Stir the sugar and pectin powder together and pour it into the pureed raspberries. and allow to bubble for 3-5 minutes, stirring in between. Once combined, remove from heat. 
  6. Allow to cool.
  7. Transfer to a piping bag once cooled.

Assembly:

  1. When the shells have baked and cooled, dust them with powdered sugar.
  2. Match up the shells, then pipe a “U” shape of the glazed donut frosting onto the bottom half of the macaron shell.
  3. Squeeze raspberry jelly into the open space between the donut frosting.
  4. Squeeze enough jelly to where it oozes out of the top of the shell.
  5. Place second macaron shell on top of the frosting and jam to create a sandwich, then add one more dollop of raspberry jam the center of each macaron to complete the look of the jelly donuts. 
  6. Transfer to the fridge to mature for at least 2 hours and up to 24.

Notes

Place macarons in an airtight container until filled. They will keep for 3 days in the fridge and 6 months in the freezer.

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