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Salted Caramel Macarons

Salted Caramel Macarons

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

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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.

Salted Caramel Macarons // FoodNouveau.com

First Time Making French Macarons?

If this is your first time making macarons, prep, read, and watch before you start: Macarons are finicky to make, but if you set aside enough time so that you won’t be rushed, you can do it. I have a variety of resources available for you: a lengthy step-by-step recipe with photos to guide you through the process; a detailed troubleshooting post that’ll help you understand mishaps, should they happen; and a full video class—which I highly recommend watching before you make macarons for the first time. There’s nothing like watching someone making macarons to learn how to make them properly—that’s how I learned over 10 years ago, and that’s how thousands of my students did too!

My class is hosted on Skillshare and if you sign up using this link, you’ll get free access to the whole site for 14 days—which is just perfect to get you started on your macaron-making journey.


VIDEO CLASS: Learn How to Make French Macarons

If you want to SEE someone make macarons before you take on the project of making your own, my Skillshare video class is for you:

How to Make French Macarons: A Skillshare Video Class by FoodNouveau.com

I designed my Skillshare class both for novice bakers who want to learn new skills, and for experienced bakers who are seeking to master a new and impressive dessert. The class is divided into 15 short lessons that show you the essential equipment you needthe important steps to followthe techniques to master, and the potential pitfalls to avoid. You can watch the videos on your own time, start practicing, share with other budding macaron makers, and ask me questions if you encounter difficulties along the way.

I myself learned how to make macarons by watching a friend making them for me repeatedly, and I believe a live (or video!) demonstration is the best way to learn how to make macarons because you can see exactly the techniques, textures, and results you should aim for.

Over 6,000 people have taken my Skillshare class so far and the class gets overwhelmingly positive reviews, most students stating the lessons exceeded their expectations. I’m confident that this video class will enable you to create perfect macarons.

Get FREE Access to my French Macaron Video Class for 14 days: Enroll Now!

 
Salted Caramel Macarons // FoodNouveau.com

Salted Caramel Macarons

These Salted Caramel Pecan Macarons, inspired by pastry master Pierre Hermé, perfectly balance sweet and salty to create a truly memorable bite.
Prep Time:1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Cooling Time:8 hrs
Author Marie Asselin, FoodNouveau.com

Ingredients

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.
    • Add the 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 2 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 1/2-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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    Prep Time: 1 hr 40 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Cooling Time: 8 hrs

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    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