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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Macaron + mascarpone tiramisu-like filling
About a month ago I won Jill Colonna’s book “Mad about Macarons” along with delicious French chocolates and more goodies in a giveaway by Joshua from Just Eat. I started on my first ever batch of macarons as soon as I’ve received the book. These are my second batch.
Macaron from Jill Colonna’s “Mad about Macarons”, mascarpone filling based on the homemade mascarpone cheese recipe on Passionate about Baking

Taste 5 (out of 5)

5 (out of 5)

For macarons
see Joshua’s post (or “Mad about Macarons”)
For mascarpone
- 2 cups of heavy (whipping) cream (1640 cal)
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (10 cal)
For tiramisu flavor
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- 2 tsp instant coffee
- 3 tbsp sugar (135 cal)
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (10 cal)
Total filling for 20 medium sized macarons + some extra, 1795 cal, 90 cal / macaron filling

For macarons
See Joshua’s post or “Mad about Macarons”
For mascarpone cheese
1. In a double broiler heat the cream until it reaches 180F. Pour in the fresh lemon juice and continue stirring for several minutes.
2. When the cream starts to thicken slightly remove it from heat, cover and leave at room temperature until it cools down. Refrigerate overnight.
3. By now the cream will be significantly thicker. Pour the cream into a strainer lined with a several layers of cheesecloth to let the whey drain. Refrigerate for 24 hours. The amount in this recipe will yield a little over a cup / 250 g of mascarpone.
For tiramisu flavor
4. Add instant coffee, sugar and orange extract to the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
5. Combine mascarpone, coffee and cocoa powder. Mix well with a fork until uniform. Adjust sugar to taste, if needed.
6. Assemble the macarons and let the sit in the fridge for 24 hours before serving to allow the filling to penetrate into the hard shell.
7. Eat whatever is left of the filling with a spoon or serve with fresh fruit :-)

- First of all, thank you so much to Joshua (Just Eat), Jill (Mad about Macarons) and Deeba (Passionate about Baking)!

- Regarding macarons, I am still in the very beginning of my learning curve, that’s why I am sending you to Joshua’s post :-). What I’ve learned so far from my mistakes, from Jill’s book and from her kind replies to my questions on her blog:
1. If you over mix your batter the macaroons will be too liquid and misshapen, if you don’t mix enough the macarons will be too stiff and will have a peak on top, like little turbans.
2. You must be patient and let your macarons sit on a tray for quite some time (in my case an hour) to make sure the tops are hard. Otherwise you won’t get those pretty feet and the tops might crack.
3. You need to know your over settings. Not all ovens are made equal, so it takes a lot of experimenting no matter how good the recipe. I’m still working on this part..
- Regarding mascarpone, it’s absolutely divine! I’ve tried several recipes before and it turned out sour and dry. Deeba’s recipe gives you a wonderfully light and fresh mascarpone. Next time I’ll make more and make the full tiramisu – yum!


Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

So pleased to hear about your macarons and congrats on the win on Joshua's site! Your photo with the macarons and filling are beautiful. Love the sound of your filling, too. Thanks also for mentioning the book. I also include a recipe for an open tirasmisu macaron which is lovely served with a dessert wine at the end of the meal.

It's amazing how much fun it is to make them. It may sound difficult at first, but once you understand the little quirks then you can see it's now a piece of cake ;-)

Keep in touch. No doubt these are the first of many macarons since they're so addictive! Cheers.

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said...

omg yum! Heavenly!!

Jocie's Mom said...

So neat to see Jill's cookbook in action! Your macarons look glorious :) Well done!

Sarah said...

looks divine!!!! And Congratulations on the win!!!

Renata said...

I also won a macaron book (not exactly the same) a few weeks ago, and I'm very excited to try my first batch. You did an amazing job and encouraged me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :o)

Magic of Spice said...

These look amazing, I can not believe it is only your second time...Wow! And how exciting that you have Jill's book, looking forward to more :)

Deeba PAB said...

I'd love to lay my hands on Jills beautiful book, and on these gorgeous macarons too. You took the ball and hit it out of the park my dear! These macarons are perfect, pretty & delicious looking. Love your choice of flavours. Thank you kindly for the sweet words. xo

RLV @ said...

Mascarpone + Tiramisu?! Perfection! These look soo delish.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

That filling sounds amazing!

Anonymous said...

They look beautiful and what a wonderful flavor combination. I still remember the first time I had success with was so exciting! Bravo!

Carolyn said...

Congrats on top 9. These gorgeous things deserve it!

eugenia said...

Oh my, those look beautiful and sound delicious!

Anonymous said...

Did I heard Mascarpon?
Love the filling dessert looks lovely:)

alyce said...

looks yummy. Congrats on your top 9!

Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) said...

You are a cooking rookie and you made these in only 2 tries?!!! Congratulations and congrats on making the Top 9 today. You are a brave baker. I have yet to try making macarons. They intimidate me, because most people I know are not successful until about a half a dozen tries.

Farmgirl Gourmet said...

CONGRATS on Top 9 on Foodbuzz!! This is a great photograph!!! Yeah YOU!!!! Woohoo.

Christine's Pantry said...

Congrats on the win.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Congrats on Top 9 and I didn't realize that you were the winner of the book back then. You are doing such a great job using the book. :-)

birdie to be said...

These look amazing! Thank you.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I keep trying to win Jill's cookbook, but I'm just going to order it. Your macarons are just perfect...and what a delicious flavor!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous photos! I can't believe how on the same page we really are: kale frittata, buttermilk biscuits, and now I"m about to post on a mascarpone ice cream. Can't wait to try these macarons!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious dessert looks wonderful

Nancy said...

These look divine! I really need to leap into making my first batch of Macarons. Just reading the recipe is making me want to make them. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Ho said...

I've tried twice making macarons but failed miserably. I used Italian meringue... my next try will be French Macarons.. keeping everything crosses that it will rise to the occassion :D

Nancy said...

Just stopping by to say Thanks for participating in this month’s YBR :) Your Macarons turned out perfect.

Katherine said...

Yum yum! Making macarons is been on my to do list forever and these are just inspiring. Thanks :-) Glad to have found you through Spicie Foodie's YBR!

Patty H. said...

These look so good! I really need to check out that cookbook, it sounds awesome@