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Tiramisu flavored macarons, with a tangy mascarpone filling and coffee soaked ladyfinger center. Decorated with a light dusting of cocoa powder to mimic the look of tiramisu. 

Tiramisu Macarons

  • Author: Posh Little Designs
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24+ 1x
  • Category: Baking
  • Method: Tiramisu Macarons
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Tiramisu flavored macarons, with a sweet tiramisu filling and coffee soaked ladyfinger center. Decorated with a light dusting of cocoa powder to mimic the look of tiramisu. 


Ingredients

Scale
Macaron Shells:
  • 106 grams of almond meal
  • 106 grams powdered sugar
  • 41 and 45 grams of egg whites divided
  • 115 grams of granulated sugar
  • 78 grams of water
  • dash of cream of tartar or lemon juice for stabilizing
  • Cocoa Powder (for dusting onto piped shells)

Tiramisu Filling:

  • 3/4 cup organic shortening
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 1 1/4 to 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Lady Finger Center:

  • 1 1/2 cups chilled espresso
  • Store-bought lady fingers (brand of choice) (homemade can also be used)

Garnish:

  • Cocoa Powder

Instructions

Macaron Shells:

  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. 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. 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. Start the macaronage process by folding 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 holding the bag steadily. 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. Dust the piped shells in a light layer of cocoa powder.
  26. Then 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 that no batter comes off on fingers.
  27. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  28. Once dry to touch, place the macarons in the middle rack of the oven.
  29. Feet will form halfway through the baking process.
  30. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  31. Remove from oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes to cool before removing the shells from the silpat/parchment paper.
  32. Once macarons are completely cool, gently remove from parchment paper/silpat.
  33. Repeat the same steps to bake the remaining macaron batter.
  34. They’re ready to fill.

Tiramisu Filling:

  1. Mix organic shortening/mascarpone, together until well combined.
  2. Then pour in the powdered sugar, espresso, vanilla and salt in a stand mixer and mix for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Transfer filling to piping bag fitted with a round tip and set aside.

Ladyfingers:

  1. Pour chilled espresso into a shallow bowl.
  2. Ladyfingers will become mushy if soaked into the espresso for too long, so very quickly dip each side of the of the ladyfingers into the bowl of espresso, placing onto a sheet of parchment. 
  3. Cut the ladyfingers into bitesized pieces to fit snugly into the center of each macaron.

Assembling:

  1. Start by matching up the shells.
  2. Then place one shell on its back with the feet side up.
  3. Pipe a round of tiramisu frosting along the outside edge of the shell, then place a piece of the soaked ladyfinger in the center.
  4. Pipe an additional swirl of tiramisu frosting and top with the second macaron shell, feet side down.
  5. Dust with additional cocoa powder if desired.
  6. Repeat steps for all remaining macarons.
  7. Transfer to the fridge in an airtight container for at least 2 or up to 24 hours, to mature.
 

Notes

Place macarons in an airtight container. They will stay delicious in the fridge for 2 days or 6 months in the freezer.

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