Peach Macarons

For Macarons
⅓ cup + 2 tablespoonsEgg whites, room temperature
½ cup + 2 tablespoonsGranulated sugar
⅛ teaspoonKosher salt
⅛ teaspoonCream of tartar
½ teaspoonVanilla
4 dropsOrange gel food coloring
1 ¾ cups + 2 ½ tablespoonsSunnyGem Almond Floor
1 ¾ cups + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoonPowdered sugar
⅓ cupEgg whites, room temperature
For Peach Puree
1Fresh, ripe peach, unpeeled and cut into segments
Raw sugar
PinchSalt
2 dropsOrange gel food coloring
For Peach Buttercream
½ cupSoftened butter
2 tablespoonsPeach puree or peach jam
PinchSalt
1 ½ cupPowdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 325F.

Line three large cookie sheets with parchment paper. On a fourth sheet of parchment paper, use a permanent marker to draw 1 1/2-inch circles, 1 inch apart. Set aside.

Making the meringues:

Fill a 2-quart saucepan with 1-1/2 inches water. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer.

In the metal bowl of a stand mixer combine egg whites, granulated sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. Place bowl over simmering water, making sure the water does not touch bottom of bowl. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved (about 150F), stirring constantly with a rubber or silicon spatula.

Return bowl to stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat egg white mixture on high 8 to 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight) and bowl is cool to the touch. Add vanilla and 2 drops orange coloring the last 1 minute of beating.

Making the almond flour paste:

Meanwhile, using a coarse-mesh sieve, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar into a large bowl. Discard any larger pieces (up to 1 tablespoon) that remain in sieve. Add egg whites to flour mixture and stir with a spatula until a thick paste forms. The mixture may seem crumbly at first, but will come together after mixing.

Combining for macaron batter:

Fold one-third of the meringue into almond flour paste. Repeat, folding in remaining meringue by thirds. Batter will be thick at first, but will loosen as you fold.

Pressing the mixture during folding helps to release air bubbles. Continue folding until batter falls off the spatula in a thick ribbon, and you can draw a figure 8. Batter should be loose enough that it does not hold its shape, but stiff enough that you can still see the figure 8 after about 10 seconds. It is better to slightly undermix than to overmix. The batter will appear grainy, but the cookies will smooth out as they bake.

Piping and baking the macarons:

Fit a decorating bag with a 1/2-inch round tip or a coupler. Fill bag two-thirds full with batter.

For each batch, slide the parchment pattern under the plain parchment sheet on a cookie sheet. Pipe batter onto parchment, stopping just before batter reaches the outline of the circle.

Firmly tap cookie sheet 5 to 10 times on the counter to release air bubbles. Using a toothpick or the tip of a sharp knife, pop any remaining bubbles that come to the surface. Slide out parchment pattern and repeat with remaining prepared cookie sheets.

Bake macarons, one cookie sheet at a time, 10 to 12 minutes. Tops of the cookies should be firm and not slide when gently touched. Immediately slide parchment paper off cookie sheet onto the counter and allow macarons to cool completely.

Making peach puree for buttercream:

Preheat the oven to 425. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the peach segments, raw sugar, and salt, and toss to combine. Spread evenly over the baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, until the peaches are soft and beginning to caramelise. Allow to cool on the pan before removing the skins from the segments, and placing the segments in a bowl. Roughly mash with a fork, adding drops of food coloring as desired.

Making the peach buttercream:

In a large bowl beat 1/2 cup softened butter with a mixer on medium 1 to 2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in 2 tablespoons peach puree (or peach jam). Beat in 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar on low until combined. Beat on medium 5 minutes or until light and fluffy, scraping bowl as needed.

Filling and assembling:

Spread buttercream or jam on bottoms of half of the macarons, using about 1 teaspoon for each cookie. Top with remaining macarons, bottom sides down.

Storing:

Store filled cookies in an airtight container. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months. Attach a mint leaf in between cookies before serving, if desired.


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