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Chocolate cinnamon macarons

Rosanna Stevens
Sweet and fragrant winter macarons for Christmas or thanksgiving with a rich chocolate ganache filling spiced with cinnamon.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Filling time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 40 macarons
Calories 106 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Weighing scales
  • 1 Sieve Blender/food processor 
  • 1 Small saucepan 
  • 1 Jam or sugar thermometer 
  • 1 electric whisk or stand mixer
  • 2 Large bowls, preferably glass
  • 1 Metal or wooden mixing spoon 
  • 1 Silicon mixing spoon or spatula 
  • 3 Large baking sheets/trays 
  • 3 Silicon baking mat or baking parchment paper
  • 2 piping bags

Ingredients
 
 

Almond paste

  • 185 grams Powdered sugar (icing sugar or confectioners sugar)
  • 185 grams Ground almonds (almond meal or flour)
  • 63 grams Egg whites

Italian meringue

  • 185 grams Granulated sugar
  • 100 ml Water
  • 63 grams Egg whites

Cinnamon chocolate ganache filling

  • 150 grams Dark chocolate
  • 150 ml Double cream (heavy cream)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon

Piped chocolate garnish

  • 50 grams Dark chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 145 degrees Celsius / 295 Fahrenheit. 
  • Prepare and weigh out the ingredients, separating the egg whites from egg yolks if necessary. 
  • Blend the ground almonds and powdered sugar together until they are a very fine consistency and completely combined. Sieve the mixture into a large mixing bowl.

Italian meringue

  • Place the water and granulated sugar into a saucepan. Gently warm the water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Once it has dissolved, turn up the heat, stop stirring and place the sugar thermometer into the mixture. 
  • Once the thermometer starts to climb above 105 degrees Celsius/220 degrees Fahrenheit, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  • When the sugar syrup reaches a soft boil temperature of 115 degrees Celsius/240 degrees, start whisking the egg whites again and pour in the sugar syrup a little at a time. 
  • The Italian meringue will turn a smooth, glossy and opaque white. Continue to whisk once all of the sugar syrup has been added to bring down the heat until you can touch the side of the bowl and it feels warm but not hot. 

Almond paste

  • Make the almond paste by mixing the remaining egg white with the ground almond/powdered sugar mixture until it is fully incorporated.

Macaronage

  • Now mix the Italian meringue into the almond paste in three stages. 
  • Firmly mix in the first third of the Italian meringue with a metal or wooden spoon to loosen the almond paste and fully combine the two mixtures. 
  • Fold in the remaining two thirds one at a time using the softer spoon or spatula, being very gentle with the final third to not overmix the batter and make it too slack. 

Piping macarons

  • Move the macaron batter to a piping bag. Tie a knot in the end and relax the mixture slightly in the bag with your hands for a few seconds. Cut half a centimetre from the tip of the piping bag. 
  • Position the piping bag perpendicular to the tray with the nozzle a few millimetres above the surface. Squeeze the bag without lifting it up for two or three seconds, then stop squeezing and make a little circle to twist it off. Fill the trays leaving a 2cm gap in between each macaron. 
  • Firmly smack it down onto the work surface twice to settle the Italian macaron batter and get rid of any air bubbles. 
  • Bake straight away for 17 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow the macarons to cool on the tray. This is a no-rest macaron recipe, but if you cannot fit all of your macarons in the oven at once, it won't harm the remaining macarons to be out on the worktop for 17 minutes. 

Chocolate cinnamon ganache filling

  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
  • Pour the cream into a saucepan and heat it until it reaches a steaming point, but don't boil.
  • Add the chopped chocolate into the cream and gently stir to melt it and form a glossy ganache.
  • Stir the ground cinnamon, add more to taste if preferred.
  • Add the chocolate cinnamon ganache to a piping bag and allow it to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Pipe the ganache onto each macaron shell before sandwiching it with another.

Piped chocolate decorations

  • Melt the chocolate and add to a piping bag.
  • Pipe the melted chocolate onto the cinnamon chocolate macarons and allow to set in the fridge before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.002gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 58IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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