Fall flavored French macarons with vanilla filling and fresh figs, dusted with gold leaf. Dairy Free & Gluten Free.
- 3/4 cup organic shortening
- 1 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- 1 pint of fresh ripe brown turkey figs rinsed and patted dry and sliced.
- Edible glitter
- Gold leaf
- 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.
- Prep and measure all of the ingredients using a kitchen scale.
- Prep a piping bag with a round tip. I use Wilton tip 12.
- Line 2 baking sheets with silpat (or parchment).
- 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.
- Pour the gel or powdered food coloring into the 41 grams of measured egg whites and whisk until combined.
- Make a well in the center of the almond powder and icing sugar and pour colored egg whites into the center of the dry mixture. Fold together until fully incorporated. The finished mix will be paste-like. Set aside.
- For the sugar syrup:
- 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**.
- 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.
- Add a drop of lemon juice or dash of cream of tartar to stabilize, THEN continue whisking.
- 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.
- Watch the sugar syrup closely.
- As soon as the sugar syrup reaches 248 degrees F, remove from heat.
- 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, making sure the syrup doesn’t touch the whisk.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Fold the batter in a circular motion, going around the edges of the bowl, then once through the center until all meringue has been fully incorporated and the batter runs off the spatula in a flowing consistency.
- **Be careful not to over-mix**
- Transfer batter to the prepped piping bag.
- Pipe 3″ rounds of batter 2″ apart on the baking sheet.
- *Tap the macarons on the counter three times to release air bubbles.
- Before placing the macarons in the oven, let 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 slightly firm. No batter comes off on fingers.
- Preheat oven from 300 to 305 degrees F.
- Once dry to touch, place the macarons in the middle rack of the oven.
- Feet will form halfway through the baking process.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let fully cool before attempting to remove the shells from the silpat/parchment paper.
- Once macaron shells are completely cool, gently remove from parchment paper/silpat.
- They’re ready to assemble.
Vanilla frosting/ filling:
- Mix shortening, powdered sugar, vanilla bean seeds, salt and vanilla into the bowl of a mixer and mix until combined.
- Transfer filling to piping bag fitted with large circular round tip and set aside.
- Match up two baked and cooled macaron shells.
- Place one shell on its back and squeeze a dollop of the filling into the center of the bottom shell so that it makes a 2″ mound.
- Top the frosting with fresh fig, then place an additional fig slice along the front center of the vanilla frosting.
- Top with one more dollop of vanilla frosting.
- Place the second shell on top of the frosting to create a sandwich.
- Garnish with a dollop of frosting, fresh fig and gold leaf.
- Transfer to the fridge to mature for 24 hours.
- Pull from fridge 15 minutes prior to serving for the macarons to reach room temp.
- Serve individually.
- Eat like a regular macaron or cut in half and enjoy with a fork.
The fresh figs can soften the macarons and make the shells soggy, so consume within 24 hours for the best flavor and texture.
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