Italian Meringue Valentine’s Heart Macarons

Italian Meringue Macarons

Yield: 50 macarons

Prep Time:30 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

Beautiful pastel pink, heart shaped Italian meringue macarons. Perfect gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

Ingredients:

  • 200g (approx. 6) egg whites
  • 200g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 200g (approx. ⅔ cup) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 200g (2 cups) ground almonds
  • 100ml (approx. 3.4 fl oz) water
  • food colour (optional)

Directions:

  1. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. If needed, use the large end of a piping tip or a small heart cookie cutter as templates, drawing on the reverse side of the parchment.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the icing (confectioners’) sugar with the ground almonds until fine, then sift together into a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the egg whites in the mixer bowl and reserve 1 tbsp of egg whites if you intend to add food colouring.
  4. Place the sugar and water into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. Using a sugar thermometer, allow to boil until the syrup reaches 115℃/239℉ then start whisking the eggs on medium gradually increasing speed until white and fluffy.
  5. Once the syrup reaches 121°C/250°F, turn the speed of the mixer to low and carefully add the sugar syrup into the egg whites. Once incorporated, continue whisking until the meringue cools to room temperature. (approx. 5-10 minutes).
  6. (Optional) Add food colouring to the reserved egg white and add to the remaining mixture until desired colour is reached.
  7. Fold the icing (confectioners’) sugar and ground almonds mixture into the egg white mixture in three steps using a rubber spatula. Consistency is key here. It should keep a round shape when piped but not be too stiff that the tops aren’t flat.
  8. Use a little of the macaroni mix to to secure the parchment to the baking sheets then using a small round piping tip (I used a Wilton #12), pipe circles or hearts.
  9. Leave the macarons to form skins for 15-30 minutes, using this time to preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas Mark 2 then bake for approx. 15 minutes, turning the sheets halfway. When done, the macarons will have a dry egg shell like skin on the top without browning.
  10. As soon as they are done, remove the parchment from the baking sheet, macarons attached, onto a cool surface (granite, wet dish towel). Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes and remove.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days and sandwich with your favourite filling (jam, ganache or frosting) on the day you’ll be enjoying.

I originally guest posted this over on The Frugal Girls.