Macaron with Hazelnut Paste Filling
Ahhh...les macarons. Using The Nut Kitchen Hazelnut Paste turns this popular French confection into a delectable treat.
2 extra large egg whites
50g caster sugar
100g icing sugar
a pinch of cream of tartar
60g ground almonds
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and use a 30-35mm circle cutter to make around 16 circles on each sheet. With a pencil marker, trace the circle cutter onto the paper. Flip over the parchment paper so that the pencil markings are facing down.
2. Using a stand mixer, pour the egg whites in the bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar and a pinch of cream of tartar, then whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form (about 8-12 minutes).
3. While the egg whites are whipping, mix the ground almonds and icing sugar using a food processor. Process for about 15 to 30 seconds or until the almonds can pass through a sifter or mesh strainer.
4. When the egg whites have stiff peaks, gradually pass the nut mixture through the sifter a second time into the bowl with the egg whites. Using a spatula, gently fold the nut mixture into the egg whites. Once fully incorporated sift in the remaining nut mixture, folding gently between each addition. Any nuts that do not make it through the sifter the second time can be saved to sprinkle on top after the macarons have been piped (should be no more than 14gm).
6. Fill a pastry bag fitted with 10mm round tip with the batter. Pipe circles of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Hold the piping bag vertically (90 degrees) just above the surface of the pan, squeeze the batter out until it reaches the edges of the circle, stop pressure and gently pull the piping bag off to the side to eliminate any peaks. You should get about 30-32 circles depending on how big you pipe them.
7. Once all your circles have been piped tap the bottom of each sheet, either with your hand or against the counter, to eliminate air bubbles and settle any peaks. You can also top each macaron with some leftover nut mixture.
8. Allow the macarons to rest for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 140C for fan ovens or 160C for conventional ovens.
9. Bake the macarons for 10-15 minutes or until they have a nice frilly edge. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before gently removing onto a cooling rack.
10. Once the macarons have cooled completely spread the flat part of one with a generous amount of The Nut Kitchen Hazelnut Paste, then top with another. Enjoy!
Makes 16 macarons