Spring Entertaining: Hazelnut Macarons

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Hazelnut Macarons

Once you have baked a batch or two of beautiful macaron shells, the way in which they may be filled offers lovely variety when entertaining. A base recipe of Buttermilk-Vanilla Bean Buttercream may be enhanced with finely ground nuts ranging from hazelnuts to pecans for delicious flavor. Make certain to grind them in a food processor so they pipe easily through the pastry tip. If the meringue shells are giving you a bit of trouble, look for my pointers on how to correct common errors. 

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makes 2 dozen

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unbleached almond flour
2 egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla bean paste
Hazelnut Buttercream

Sift together the powdered sugar & the almond flour. Beat the egg whites in the bowl of an electric stand mixer on High speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the granulated sugar to the egg whites with the mixer on Low speed, Increase the speed to High & beat until glossy stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Fold the almond flour mixture into the egg mixture. Place into a piping bag fit with an #9807 tip. Pipe 48 {1 1/2-inch} rounds onto parchment paper-lined half sheet pans. Drop the pans several inches above the countertop to settle the air bubbles in the meringue mixture. They will flatten & spread slightly during this process. Let stand until a crust forms over the surface of each piped meringue mound, about 45 to 60 minutes. When you touch the surface, there should not be any residue on your finger.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Cool completely. Prepare the Hazelnut Buttercream as directed. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fit with a small round tip. Pipe a little of the buttercream on half of the macaron shells. Top with a second shell. Chill until ready to serve.

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makes about 1 cup

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 Tbsp buttermilk
A pinch of kosher salt
1/4 cup finely ground toasted hazelnuts
Brown food coloring paste

Beat the first 5 ingredients with an electric hand mixer until creamy, whipped & smooth. Fold in the hazelnuts. Tint with a small amount of brown food coloring paste. Use as directed.

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How To Troubleshoot Macaron Shells

There are two main culprits to incorrectly baked macaron shells & unfortunately, you will not know if you’re encountering them until they have come out of the oven. Split, cracked tops & shells without the signature feet are two main indicators something is off.

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 The procedure in order to blend the almond flour mixture with the beaten meringue mixture causes the most trouble when preparing macarons. It is a method known as macaronage & it must be deflated to the proper consistency in order to achieve success. Look to The Essential Guide To Macarons & Buttermilk-Vanilla Bean Macarons for additional pointers. Secondly, it is important to allow a skin to form over the surface of the macarons before baking them. This creates a seal of sorts that forces the lift upwards in the oven when baking. In turn, the feet will appear as well. Do not rush this part of the process. It may take an extra 20 minutes of stand time before baking. The key point to know is that there shouldn’t be any residue on your finger when testing them.

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