Hi in there Chokolovers!
For popular request today I’m breaking my rigorous editorial schedule… huh! that sounded hyper official and strict which usually I’m not besides today I had the urgency to postpone some recipes to share this super fun and cute recipe; these Emoji French Macarons. I’m an avid user of this emoticons, I’m sure I’m not the only one around here, I use them on every available platform, they look cute and sweet, so I’m managing to unveil my corny side here in public not without showing you how to make this foolproof Emoji French Macarons with Lemon Curd.
This recipe is an alternative from the regular Macarons out there. I promise you is almost foolproof! Since I started my journey through pastry and bakery I fell in love with macarons, meaning I’ve read every book I found to learn all their secrets, I bought, devoured and own five books about them already. I been a mad scientist and experimented with variations on techniques to make them. I’m obsessed with macarons, I LOVE them! I can assure you they are my favorite sweet in the whole wide world and I adore to create new designs and bring new flavors to it. Also I don’t think the healthy thing to do is to keep those results to myself so that’s the reason to sharing this with you, so let’s get dirty and have some fun baking macarons.
Now, here it comes the educational part of the entry, just because I’m such a nerd! :-P
Macarons is a French sweet meringue-based confectionery and is made with egg whites, almond powder, icing sugar and granulated sugar. But in fact this macarons had its origins in Italy, developed by Catalina de Medici’s chef in 1533 for her wedding day with the Duke of Orleans, who later by 1547 will become King Henry II of France. The term “macaron” is derived from the Italian word “maccaroni” or “maccherone” meaning “fine dough” or “fine batter”. So as you can see this sweet share meaning with the macaroni pasta.
Macarons mix can be made with three different varieties of meringues, the French meringue (which is what you’re going to find in the video below), the Italian and the Swiss meringues, I particularly prefer the French meringue but you can experiment with them until you find the one of your preference meaning the one you can be comfortable with and to please your palate. Yeah that’s right because in the end that’s what matter most that you found them irresistible to eat (-:
French Macarons at its peak with this super cute emoji design!
- 90 grs. egg whites
- 110 grs. of blanched almonds or almond flour
- 200 grs. of icing sugar
- ¼ tsp. of cream of tartar
- ½ tsp. of meringue powder (I used Wilton’s)
- 30 grs. of granulated sugar
- Yellow food coloring
- Vegetable ink markersFondant
- Lemon Curd (filling)
- Put in a food processor the almonds and the icing sugar until you obtain a fine powder, here is necessary that you process the almonds and the icing sugar at paused intervals so the almonds won’t release their natural oils, we don’t want an oily paste of sugar and almonds, nuh-uh. Sieve your mix and reserve. If you’re able to get some almond flour you can use it instead and you’re going to skip this entire step of the recipe.
- Pour your egg whites, a tablespoon of sugar, the cream of tartar and the meringue powder in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat it just beat it! hahah :-P …on low speed until it reaches soft peaks, this is about 5 minutes of constant whisking, now you can add the food coloring. Turn the mixer on high speed and gradually add caster sugar and beat until it reaches stiff peaks.
- Now, here comes the tricky part! You’re going to add the egg whites to your mix of dry ingredients in about four times, fold the almond mix gently into the egg whites. Slowly fold the mixture until it loosens and becomes smooth. This takes around 35-40mixes. If done correctly you’ll obtain a lava texture, it takes practice to get this technique right but the cream of tartar and the meringue powder are there to help you get it right (-:
- Fill a pastry bag with the macaron mix fitted with a number 12 nozzle and slowly pipe the macaron batter in the silicone mat, you can make a stencil with 2” circles in it.
- Leave them to dry for 20 minutes until 1 hour, depending entirely on the weather of your town. They’ll be ready when you press the surface of the shells and it’s dry and not sticky, press gently or you’ll break them. Preheat your oven at 200ºF (100ºC).
- Bake them from 20-25 minutes, let them cool… And then it’s time for you to show your artsy skills! :-D Check the video below I’ll give you a step by step guide to shape the fondant and bring to life these emoji French macarons!
- I filled my macs with lemon curd here’s the recipe to make your own lemon curd at home, but you can fill them with ganache or whatever you like most.
Yield: 12 French Macarons of 2"
Prep Time: 01 hrs. 20 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Total time: 1 hrs. 40 mins.
Tags: Emoji, French Macarons, Fun sweets, Sweet treats, Foolproof Macarons.
This recipe is for 24 shells of macarons which equals 12 emojis, you can double or triple your ingredients and make as many as you want for you and your friends, to make the virtual life of this emojis come to real life!
You also can make this Emoji French Macarons with Lemon Curd using your drawing skills and your vegetable ink markers or with royal icing, but I chosen fondant because it makes the emojis pop-up to your eyes.
Dare to make your own Emoji French Macarons with Lemon Curd and share them with your friends in real life and with me with a pic on Instagram with #Chokolatpimienta, I love watching you enjoy my recipes, I really do, it makes my day! n_n <3 data-blogger-escaped-font="">