Coconut macarons

Celebrate an occasion in style by creating these spectacular French macarons for someone special to you. It takes some time but it is a true French chef’s recipe.

Ingredients

Macaron batter

  • 180 gr ground almonds
  • 320 gr icing (powdered) sugar
  • 130 gr egg whites 
  • 60 gr sugar
  • 1 pinch brown food colouring

Coconut filling

  • 90 ml whipping cream
  • 130 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp potato starch 
  • 95 gr white chocolate
  • 2 tsp Malibu liquor 
  • 110 gr butter, cut into pieces at room temperature

Directions

Macaron batter:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 -170°C.
  2. Sift the ground almonds and icing sugar into a bowl; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. 
  4. Add 1/3 of the sugar a little at a time, whisking until the egg whites are smooth and shiny.  Gradually add the remaining sugar whisking until stiff peaks form. 
  5. Add the food colouring and combine until evenly distributed. 
  6. Fold in the dry ingredients, cutting straight down to the bottom of the bowl with a spatula, and lifting up the contents, bring the spatula up the side of the bowl while giving it a quarter turn.  Continue to fold until the meringue loses volume and becomes smooth and shiny. 
  7. Fit a piping bag with a 8 mm round tip and fill with the macaron batter.
  8. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment; pipe small rounds of batter, approximately 5 cm in diameter, in staggered lines on the tray so they won’t touch while baking.  Lightly tap the baking tray on the work surface to remove any air bubbles.
  9. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. 
  10. Bake the French macarons for approximately 18 minutes depending on the oven.  Remove from the baking tray and cool on a rack.

Coconut filling:

  1. In a saucepan, bring the 90ml of cream and coconut milk to the boil.
  2. In a small bowl mix the tablespoon of cream with the potato starch, pour into the hot liquid.  Whisk continually back to the boil.
  3. Pour onto the white chocolate, add the Malibu liquor and stir in with a whisk.
  4. Leave to cool, then add the butter pieces, and mix using a hand held blender.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Assembly: Fit a piping bag with a star tip, fill with the coconut filling; pipe balls of ganache onto the flat side of half the macarons; top with the remaining halves, pressing lightly to adhere.
  7. Ideally refrigerate overnight before serving.

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