I am so excited about these Mexican Spice Macarons, I couldn't hold them back any longer! I finally found an (almost) foolproof macaron recipe and what can I say, it really works! The secret is pretty simple: Italian meringue. So after the first test run I went all in and created the recipe for these vanilla, coffee, cocoa and cinnamon spiced macarons filled with sweet and creamy dulce the leche.
120g egg whites (about 4 egg whites)
150g finely ground almonds or almond flour
150g powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cocoa
1 portion of instant coffee (7g)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 can sweetened condensed milk
I suggest you start with the syrup: Bring 50g water and 150g sugar to 230°F on a candy thermometer.
While the syrup is cooking up, whip 60g of the egg whites to soft peaks in your stand mixer, adding 35g sugar. Aging your egg whites is not necessary in my opinion, just make sure they are at room temperature.
Once the syrup has reached 230°F, slowly pour it into the egg whites and continue to whip on medium high speed for about 15 minutes until you have a shiny Italian meringue.
While your Italian meringue is whipping up, sift the almond flour and powdered sugar in a bowl and preheat your oven to 320°F. Mix the remaining 60g of egg whites and the sifted almond and powdered sugar to a creamy pasture.
Now it's time to bring in the spices! Add the vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa and coffee into your pasture until well combined. Then carefully fold in the meringue. Make sure not to overstir your batter, stop folding once it is shiny and thick flowing.
Fill the mixture into a 20 inch pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and pipe your macarons on a parchment covered baking sheet. The batter will set and flatten a little so make sure to leave at least 1inch spacing in between. They should have a little nipple on top right after piping them onto the sheet but don't worry, that nipple will flatten while the batter sets.
Some recipes call for banging the baking sheet on your surface to remove air bubbles, but my experience is that this is not necessary at all when using Italian meringue. The Italian meringue is very dense and most of the air is already gone.
Now comes a very important step: Let the macarons dry for 20-30 minutes until dry to the touch. This is essential in order to get the typical little feet! What happens is that the heat from the oven causes air bubbles to expand inside the batter, which pushes the macaron upwards and reveals the inner wet part of the batter: that's when they get their little "feet". If the shell are not dried out sufficiently, the batter will expand outwards and crack the shell as it bakes.
Now bake your macarons in your preheated oven for 10 minutes. You really have to make sure the oven has reached the exact temperature since the macarons might not get their little feet or burst otherwise. You might also have to experiment with the temperature a little bit since every oven is different. If you have an oven thermometer, perfect! Keep the temperature at 320°F. If the oven is too hot, the macarons won't rise and might turn brown, if it is too cold they might burst and not get their little feet.
While your macarons are baking, you can prepare the filling. I use the microwave technique for making dulce de leche since it is the easiest and fastest way. Pour 1 can of sweetened condensed milk into a microwavable dish and microwave for 4 minutes while stopping and stirring the milk every 1 minute. It is better to use a flat dish such as a pie pan, since that prevents the milk from rising too high and overflowing in the microwave.
Once your macarons are cooled down, fill the dulce de leche in a piping bag and spread the filling onto your macaron halves. Stick together, sprinkle with cocoa powder and you're done! Pretty, aren't they?
Print the recipe here.