These Hazelnut Pear French Macarons are filled with a Frangelico-infused pear cream, which also conceals caramelized diced pear. This tiny package offers complex textures and irresistible flavors that are perfect for cooler seasons! This recipe includes a variety of resources to help you successfully make macarons, including a full French Macaron video masterclass!
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Every fall, I enjoy baking with pears. Pears are a fruit I very much prefer baking with to eating fresh. Where I live, it’s difficult to find ripe, juicy pears, and properly ripening a basket of pears at home requires lots of attention and time—which I most often don’t have. Baking makes the most out of pears you would have thought were desperate cases. So, this fall, while I was brainstorming pear dessert ideas, it struck me that I’d never made pear macarons. And just like that, a new macaron recipe was born!
These elegant Hazelnut Pear French Macarons are filled with a Frangelico-infused fresh pear filling. Frangelico is an Italian hazelnut and herb-flavored liqueur that supports the flavor of the ground hazelnuts used in the shells and complements the delicate flavor of the fresh pears without overpowering it. Because I always like to add a surprise bonus to French macarons, in this recipe the cream conceals caramelized diced pear. This juicy, slightly crunchy addition adds to the complex textures and flavors this tiny package offers.
Helpful Tips for Making Hazelnut Pear French Macarons
Use the most flavorful pears in the filling—or swap in canned ones: Any and all ripe, aromatic pears will work in the cream filling of these Hazelnut Pear French Macarons. To know which pears will deliver the best flavor, taste one first: if it’s flavorful raw, it’ll taste amazing in the cream filling. Because the flavor of pears is delicate to begin with, you want to make sure you use the most delicious specimens in this macaron recipe. If you can’t find ripe, aromatic pears, you can use canned pear halves instead. Simply pat them dry before you caramelize them in maple syrup, as the recipe instructs.
Go for crunch in the bonus pear center: The surprise diced pear center works best if you use fresh pears. Canned pears are too soft and wet, which might turn the macarons soggy. The quick caramelizing process is forgiving, though: a slightly underripe pear can still be used. Make sure to pick a firm pear variety such as Bosc, Anjou, Bartlett, or Forelle, all of which will keep their shape upon cooking.
No Frangelico? No problem. If you don’t have or can’t find Frangelico, you could substitute Amaretto to emphasize the almond flavor instead, or simply omit the liqueur completely. This Hazelnut Pear French Macaron packs a lot of flavor, so it will for sure please your tastebuds even if you choose not to use the additional flavoring.
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These elegant Hazelnut Pear French Macarons are filled with a Frangelico-infused fresh pear filling, which also conceals caramelized diced pear. This tiny package offers complex textures and irresistible flavors that are perfect for cooler seasons!
For the Frangelico pear cream filling: In a nonstick skillet, combine the diced pears and maple syrup. Set over medium-high heat and bring the syrup to a boil while stirring constantly. If using fresh pears, keep cooking and stirring until the pears are tender, about 3 minutes. If using canned pears, cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Transfer the pears to a blender or food processor. Add the lemon juice and blend until smooth. (You can also use a stick blender to make the pear puree.) Transfer the pear puree to a saucepan and set over medium heat. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar, then keep whisking until the mixture comes to a boil, about 8 minutes. Once the mixture boils, keep whisking vigorously for 1 minute, then take off the heat.
Whisk in the Frangelico. Strain the Frangelico Pear Cream through a fine-mesh strainer. Let the mixture cool about 15 minutes, or until lukewarm to the touch. Pour the mixture back into the blender or food processor. Add the butter and process until the mixture is smooth and emulsified, about 1 minute. Transfer the Frangelico Pear Cream to a bowl or an airtight container and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (The Frangelico pear cream will keep, refrigerated, for up to 4 days.)
For the hazelnut macaron shells: **Return the egg whites to room temperature at least an hour before making the macarons.**
In the bowl of a food processor, add the almond flour, toasted hazelnuts, and powdered sugar, then process until the hazelnuts are finely ground and the mixture is thoroughly incorporated, 30 seconds to a minute. Sift the mixture to make sure no lumps or bigger bits of nuts are left.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites with the cream of tartar or lemon juice on medium-high speed until frothy, about 1 minute, then slowly pour in the granulated sugar. After 2 minutes, add the gel food coloring, if using. Keep beating until the egg whites are stiff, dense and creamy, about 3 minutes more.
Add the hazelnut, almond and powdered sugar mixture to the egg whites and, using a spatula, gently fold in the dry ingredients: slide your spatula all the way to the bottom of the bowl and come back up to the top. Do this about 6 times to incorporate the dry ingredients, then keep folding for a total of about 14 strokes until no pockets of dry ingredients remain and the mixture drops from the side of the spatula in a slow, lazy ribbon. Start testing the ribbon stage early to avoid overfolding.
Prepare two baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper. Cut out the parchment paper so it fits exactly over the bottom of the sheet to make sure the macarons will lay flat. Slide macaron templates under the parchment paper, if using.
Transfer the macaron batter to a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch (1.25-cm) round tip. Pipe 1 ½-inch (3.8-cm) rounds of batter, evenly spaced but still close to one another as they will not expand much.
Carefully slide the macaron templates off the baking sheets, if you used them. Let the shells rest on the baking sheets for 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 275°F (135°C) with a rack set to the middle position. Bake each sheet of macaron shells for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the shells are firm on their feet when you lightly tap on them with the tip of a finger.
Let the shells cool completely to room temperature before assembling them, about an hour.
For the caramelized pear garnish: In a nonstick skillet, combine the finely diced pear, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Set over medium-high heat and bring the liquids to a boil while stirring constantly, then keep cooking, stirring from time to time, for about 3 minutes.
To assemble the macarons: Pair same-sized shells together and set them side by side on a work surface. Transfer the Frangelico Pear Cream to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe some of the cream around the edge of half of the shells. Tuck a small spoonful of caramelized pears in the center of the pear cream. Close the macarons, gently pressing the second shells over the filling.
STORAGE: Store the assembled Hazelnut Pear French Macarons in an airtight container and refrigerate for one night before indulging.French macarons will keep, refrigerated, for up to 3 days. You can also freeze these assembled macarons in an airtight container for up to 1 month, but if you do, I recommend omitting the caramelized pear garnish, as this risks turning the shells soggy upon thawing.
SERVING: Always bring these Hazelnut Pear French Macarons back to room temperature before serving.
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Thank you for your response. These flavors are beautiful. I think my cream should be a bit thicker to hold up. Any thoughts on how I can thicken the cream I’ve made without changing the flover?
So did your cream remain loose even after being refrigerated overnight? Since the butter is incorporated when the cream is still a bit warm, the cream needs to be properly cooled before it can be used. If it’s still too loose, maybe you could try to beat 1/4 cup more room temperature butter (as you would for a buttercream), or maybe even some melted white chocolate! Bring the cream back to room temperature, then whisk in some melted and cooled white chocolate, and refrigerate again. As it cools, the chocolate will firm up and your cream should, too! I hope these ideas will help!
Can these be stored in the freezer after maturation time in fridge? Will the cream begin to brown from the pear puree?
Hello Babette, because the pear puree is mixed into the cream mixture, it does not brown. I’ve kept these macarons in the fridge for a few days, and in the freezer for a few weeks, and they’ve never browned.