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Salted Caramel Macarons

These Salted Caramel Macarons, inspired by pastry master Pierre Hermé, perfectly balance sweet and salty to create a truly memorable bite. {Jump to Recipe}

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If we were to conduct a survey to find out what is the top-selling macaron flavor worldwide, I bet salted caramel macarons would be in a close race for first place, along with chocolate varieties. I know it is at the top of my list—in fact, the flavor that most certainly made me fall with love with macarons is probably Pierre Hermé’s Infiniment Caramel, his salted caramel macaron creation. It’s the perfect balance of creamy and crisp, and of sweet and salty. A work of art in a bite, in my opinion.

I created this macaron with Hermé—my macaron mentor—in mind. The salted caramel filling is adapted from his book, Pierre Hermé Macarons: The Ultimate Recipes from the Master Pâtissier, and I like to incorporate ground pecans in the shells to underline the nutty flavor of the filling. Let me tell you: these Salted Caramel Macarons are quite the addictive bite; in fact, this macaron flavor is one of the two I get requested the most often—neck and neck with my dark chocolate ganache macarons. If you love desserts that showcase a delicate balance of sweet and salty, this macaron’s for you. But really, I think this treat has the power of turning any skeptic into an unconditional macaron lover.

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Salted Caramel Macarons

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Yield about 56 shells, or 28 assembled macarons

These Salted Caramel Pecan Macarons, inspired by pastry master Pierre Hermé, perfectly balance sweet and salty to create a truly memorable bite.

Ingredients

For the salted caramel filling

  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream (35% m.f.)
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) water
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) salted butter, cubed

For the macaron shells

Instructions

For the salted caramel filling: In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, add the sugar and water and melt the sugar completely over medium heat. Once the sugar is melted and smooth, increase the heat to high and boil the sugar, without stirring but gently swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture is a nice golden caramel color. Remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in the butter, being very careful when adding it so the boiling sugar doesn't splash on your hands. Pour the heavy cream into the caramel mixture in a small stream, whisking continually.

Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and return to medium-high heat. Boil until the mixture reaches 226°F (108°C). Pour into a shallow heatproof dish and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto the surface of the filling, and refrigerate until completely cold, at least 2 hours. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a round tip and set aside until ready to assemble the macarons.

For the macaron shells:

*Return the egg whites to room temperature at least an hour before making the macarons shells.*

In the bowl of a food processor, add the powdered sugar, almond flour, and pecans, and process until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated, 30 seconds to a minute. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer 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 stainless steel mixing bowl if using a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium/high speed until frothy. Add a tablespoon of the granulated sugar, continue whisking at medium-low speed, then add the remaining sugar slowly. Increase the speed medium-high and whisk until the egg whites are bright white and create stiff peaks. At low speed, mix in a few drops of brown gel food coloring, to your liking.

Using a spatula, gently fold in the almond and sugar mixture into the meringue in 2 or 3 additions. Slide your spatula all the way to the bottom of the bowl and comes back up several times to make sure no pockets of dry ingredients remain.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slide macaron templates under the parchment paper, if using.

Transfer the macaron batter in a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch (1.25-cm) round tip. Pipe 1.5-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. Using a small fine-mesh strainer, lightly sprinkle gold shimmer dust over the shells. Let the shells rest on the baking sheets for 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 275°F (135°C) with a rack in the middle position. Bake the macarons for 13 to 16 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes.

Let the shells cool completely to room temperature before assembling them, about an hour.

To assemble the macarons: Pair same sized shells together and set side by side on a work surface. Pipe some salted caramel filling over half of the shells. Close the macarons, gently pressing the second shells over the filling.

Store the assembled macarons in an airtight container and refrigerate for one night before indulging.

Always bring the macarons back to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Credit: Filling recipe adapted from Pierre Hermé.

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3 Responses to Salted Caramel Macarons

  1. I’ve never made macarons before but it’s on my bucket list of things I have to master — I’m quite stubborn. And I can imagine how heavenly the taste is. Salty. Sweet. Nutty. The perfect combination. I’ll be checking out your list of instructions before I get started. Buon weekend, Marie

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