Dark Chocolate Truffle Macarons
Oh macarons! How wonderfully delicious you are! Fragile, yet soft; fudgy and full of intoxicating chocolate! I could sing this tune forever, but I will spare you. Instead, I will tell you how I make them…
The reason why these macarons get so soft and fudgy, is because the filling is rather soft. When you allow the cookies to sit in the fridge for 24 hours, the moisture from the filling gets absorbed by the macaron shells, which produces truffle like middle and a brittle shell. I was taking these pictures in hopes that you can get a glimpse of what they’re like on the inside.
The recipe of the macaron shell is adapted from Pierre Herme’s Book “Chocolate Desserts”, so you know you can trust the recipe. The chocolate ganache recipe though, is just simple ganache, but in specific proportions to make it to the consistency of a truffle candy.
Dark Chocolate Truffle Macarons
- 1 1/3 cups (140 grams) finely ground almond flour
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 (100 grams) cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (good quality), or finely chopped chocolate
- 1 cup heavy cream
Make Macaron Shells
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat. Set aside.
- Turn oven to 300F.
- Fit a large pastry bag with a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch round tip. Twist the pastry bag right above the tip and drape the bag over a tall glass. Set aside.
- Process the almond flour and powdered sugar on high, in the food processor for about 3-5 minutes, with breaks to let the mixture cool down in between (overheating the mixture might cause it to turn to paste and release the oils) and to scrape the sides and bottom. Scrape the sides every minute or so.
- Heat separated egg whites in the microwave for 20 seconds in 5 second intervals, mixing in between.
- Whip egg whites in a clean bowl of a mixer. As soon as the egg whites start to gain volume, gradually add the powdered sugar. Whip them just until they are firm but still glossy and supple – when you lift the whisk, the whites should form a peak that drops just a little.
- Sift the dry ingredients and the cocoa powder through a fairly large holed sieve into the egg whites and gently fold them in, in 2-4 additions. The egg whites will deflate and form a thick batter. Keep folding until the peak from the batter dropped into a bowl disappears in less than 30 seconds. Do not over mix.
- Spoon the batter into the pastry bag and pipe 1 inch domes about 2 inches apart, by holding the pastry bag 1/2 inch above the baking sheet, applying gentle pressure, then releasing the pressure and quickly moving the pastry tip in a swirl motion up.
- Once all batter is piped onto the sheets, take a sheet and rap it against the counter as many times as it needs for the domes to spread into about 2 inch circles and for the tops to become smooth (this might take 5-10 times). Dust macarons tops with some more cocoa powder, if you wish.
- Bake macarons at 300F on the middle rack for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are firm to the touch.
- Allow the macarons to cool completely. If they do not come off easily, slide a thin knife right under the shell to help them come off.
- Repeat with the second baking pan of piped macaron shells.
To make ganache
- Heat 1/2 cup cream. Pour over the chocolate chips and allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
- Add 1/2 chilled heavy cream to the mixture and stir to make smooth ganache.
- Leave in the fridge until it is firm enough to spoon or pipe onto macaron shells, stirring it every 10 minutes.
- Pair macaron shells according to size.
- Spoon or pipe 1 tsp of ganache onto 1 of the macaron shells, covering it with the other one. Repeat with the rest of the macaron shells. Allow the macarons to sit at room temperature overnight, then transfer to refrigerator until ready to serve.