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Dining In 1 minute 01 April 2021

Recipe: Pierre Hermé's Infiniment Chocolat Macarons

Making French macarons is notoriously finicky, but here legendary pastry chef Pierre Hermé demystifies the steps for recreating his famed chewy, chocolatey cookies.

chocolate Recipe French cuisine

Recipe for 72 macarons (around 144 shells)

Infiniment Chocolat Filling

  • 500g liquid crème fraîche
  • 500g dark chocolate (Pure Origin Brazil, Plantation Paineiras 64% cocoa or Manjari, Valrhona)
  • 145g butter, at room temperature

1. Cut the butter into pieces.
2. Chop up chocolate and put in mixing bowl.
3. Bring cream to the boil. Pour it over the chocolate in three batches, mixing between each pour.
4. As soon as the temperature of the mixture is 50°C, gradually add the butter. Incorporate it in three batches, each time pouring in a third of the liquid while gently stirring with a spatula or whisk until the ganache is smooth.
5. Pour into a baking dish.
6. Cover the surface of the ganache with cling film.
7. Keep in the refrigerator until the ganache has a creamy texture.

It’s normal for the ganache to separate when the cream is poured in; this is due to the fat molecules in the cream and chocolate splitting. Simply continue mixing as described in the recipe and you will get a nice, shiny, smooth filling.

Chocolat Macaron Shells

  • 120g cocoa paste (or 100% dark chocolate)
  • 300g ground almonds
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 110g egg whites (the egg whites of approximately 4 small eggs)
  • A few drops of liquid carmine red food colouring
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 75g mineral water
1. Sieve together the icing sugar and ground almonds.
2. Melt the chopped cocoa mass in a bowl in a bain-marie (double boiler) at 50°C.
3. Mix the colouring into the first batch of egg whites. Fold them into the icing sugar/ground almond mixture, but don’t stir.
4. Boil the water and sugar at 118°C. It will form a syrup. As soon as the syrup reaches 115°C, simultaneously start to whisk the second batch of egg whites into peaks.
5. Pour the sugar cooked to 118°C over the beaten egg whites. Whisk and cool to 50°C before adding to the icing sugar/almond/egg white mixture. Mix and add the melted cocoa mass, making the mixture sink.
6. Pour into a piping bag with a round no. 11 nozzle.


Read also: Simone Zanoni and his Tagliolini al tartufo

Assembling and cooking

● Cocoa powder (Valrhona)

  1. Line baking sheets with greaseproof paper. Using a piping bag fitted with a nozzle about 1.2cm in diameter, shape rounds of the shell mixture about 3.5cm in diameter, spacing them every 2cm on the baking sheets.
  2. Put tea towels on your work surface, then tap the baking sheets on the work surface. Sprinkle the shells with cocoa powder. Allow the shells to crust (dry) for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Slide the baking trays into the oven. Bake for 12/13 minutes, opening the oven door twice during that time.
  4. When you take trays out of the oven, slide the shells onto the work surface and let them cool.
Assembling the macarons
  1. Pour the ganache filling into a piping bag with a round no. 11 nozzle.
  2. Generously fill half the shells with ganache.
  3. Place an empty shell on top of each filled shell.
  4. Keep the macarons in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  5. Take them out of the fridge 2 hours before you want to eat them.
This article was first published on the MICHELIN Guide Global website, click here to read the original story.

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