Dessert Secrets Shared by Le 15′s Pooja Dhingra

Le 15 Macarons by Pooja Dhingra
A dessert from Le 15 Patisserie never fails to bring a smile on our faces during a hectic working day. Our eternal love for the colourful flavoured macarons cannot be described in words. Except if Pooja Dhingra talks about it. Those words, we will love. The chef and owner of Le 15, Pooja, decided to share her kitchen secrets with InOnIt readers. Take a deep breath now, because below you will read her very own recipe to make a delicious macaron Le 15 style and the dos and don’ts of baking one.  Sweet!
Do’s & Don’ts

• Make sure your egg whites are at room temperature

• Measure the ingredients on a precise scale

• Make sure the batter is well mixed

• Let the macaroon shells dry completely before baking

• Get creative with your fillings!

Recipe for Spiced Macarons

Makes 20 

Macaron batter:

• Powdered sugar 100 g

• Almond powder 100 g

• Egg whites 70 g

• Castor sugar 65 g

• Pink food colouring 3 g

Chocolate filling:

• Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate 115 g

• Heavy whipping cream 90 g

• Butter 15 g

• Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp

• Nutmeg Powder 1/2 tsp

• Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp

Method:

• Preheat oven to 180 C

• Whisk together the powdered sugar and almond powder so there are no lumps.

• Beat the egg whites till they froth, while whipping add in the castor sugar until it forms firm peaks.

• Mix the stiff egg white meringue with the powdered sugar and almond powder. Add the food colouring

• Then pipe this batter onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, around 1 inch (3 cm circles), evenly spaced one inch apart. Let the tray sit aside for 30 minutes.

• Bake them for 15-18 minutes.

• Cool completely before removing from baking sheet.

Filling:

• Place the chopped chocolate in a stainless steel bowl.

• Heat the cream and spices in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil.

• Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow it to stand for 5 minutes

• Stir with a whisk until smooth, stir in the butter. Let it cool.

Assembly:

• Spread a bit of chocolate filling with a use of a spoon or piping bag, on the inside of the macarons then sandwich them together.

• Store in an air tight container, refrigerated, for a maximum of 3 days.

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