For the macaron shells
Adapted from Ottolenghi - The
110g icing sugar
60g almonds, very finely ground
60g egg whites, (about 2 eggs) aged for either 5 days in the fridge, then for 24 hours at room temperature or a little over 24 hours on the countertop
40g castor sugar
12g black sesame seeds
For the filling
jar of Nutella
For the macaron shells
- Prepare your baking tray and baking sheets with a stencil of circles. Draw
circles on some baking paper using a (mathematical) compass about 2 cm in
diameter. Then place some white parchment paper on the baking tray and flip the
baking paper back around. Or use this macaron template.
- In a large mixing bowl mix the egg whites with an electric hand beater
(alternatively you can use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment) until it is
thick and frothy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, whisking all the while,
until the mixture turns into a thick glossy meringue. The consistency of the
macaron batter should be similar to hair mousse or shaving foam. Make sure the
meringue is not over-beaten or else it will be too dry.
- In a food processor pulse together icing sugar,almonds and black sesame
seeds until the nuts and seeds are finely ground and powdery. Sift the mixture 2
or 3 times to make sure there are no lumps.
- Place the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the meringue in three portions,
giving it a quick fold using the macronnage technique described in my
macaron tips section. Fold a few times to break the air. Continue until you
get a smooth and supple mixture, thick in consistency so that when you lift the
spatula it flows back in thick ribbons. Test a small amount on a plate – should
the tops fall back and flatten by themselves then it is ready, if not give it a
few more folds.
- Fill a piping bag with a plain tip with the batter and pipe small rounds (2
cm in diameter) on your prepared baking paper. Leave the macarons to rest and
dry for about 15 to 30 minutes.
- In the meantime preheat the the oven to 150 degrees C. When the macarons are ready bake the shells for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Use a flat offset spatula to gently remove the shells from the baking paper and allow to cool further on a rack.
Assembling the macarons
Using two spoons place small dollops of Nutella on one of the shells and gently cover with another shell. Do not press. Continue to do this until you have used up all of the filling and shells.
If you are not going to be using them right away you can store the shells in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
They freeze well too but it is recommended to freeze them unfilled. To fill them take the shells out of the freezer 48 hours prior to serving and without defrosting fill them. This way the flavors will be allowed to blend as they thaw.