Saturday, November 7, 2009

Recipe: le macaron noir!

~ le macaron noir ~
sésame macaron à la crème de sésame noir

This article is part of "The Macaron Series"

And an extension to the article "All Blacked Out"

Makes 20 macarons


65g Almond meal
80g Icing sugar
40g Castor sugar
50g Egg white
8g Roasted Black Sesame Powder

Japanese Kurogoma Creme

Preheat your oven to 325oF
1. Stack two or three heavy baking trays. Line the top tray with Silpat.
2. Process the almond meal and icing sugar at high speed to achieve a fine powder. Incorporate the Roasted Black Sesame powder into this mixture and sift to break up any lumps of powder.
3. In a clean bowl, beat the room-temperature egg whites until foamy and just at soft peaks. Gradually beat in the castor sugar, adding a little at a time. Beat on medium speed for a number of minutes until you have a firm, glossy and compact meringue.
4. Sprinkle half of the dry mixture over the meringue and fold in with a spatula using a circular motion around the bowl and under the batter. Repeat with the remaining powder. You don't need to be gentle, but the goal is to incorporate the dry ingredients quickly to avoid overmixing. *It's better to undermix than overmix.
5. The final batter should be the colour of pale brown, smooth and thick but flowing. A ribbon of batter dropped from a spoon onto the top of the remaining batter should take about 30 seconds to disappear.
6. Spoon the batter into a piping bag with a 8-10 mm nozzle and pipe evenly onto the baking paper. Mild peaks should settle back into the batter eventually. If they don't disappear, tap the tray repeatedly on a table until the peaks have largely disappeared.
7. Leave the piped batter to dry for anywhere between 20 mins and two hours.
8. Place the tray in the oven and bake at 325oF for 12 minutes.
9. At the 5 minute mark the shells should have lifted and developed 'pied' or the feet. At the 6-7 minute mark they should be starting to colour just slightly.
10. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for a minute or two.
11. Once removed from the sheet, leave the shells to cool on a wire rack, face up.

Assemble "le macaron noir":
1. Place the kurogoma creme into a piping bag and pipe mixture onto one macaron shell.
2. Gently press an un-piped shell onto the kurogoma creme until the creme just reaches the rim of the macaron.

Bon Appetit!


Jess said...

hey cuz...would you happen to have a recipe for making kurogoma creme? I know you'll make it better than store-bought...and as you already know, I'm all for making as much stuff on your own as possible...


blanche_yih said...

Hey Jess,

Thanks for the comment! I have never made kurogoma creme before, but I believe it has a similar concept as natural peanut butter. You can place roasted black sesame seeds in the blender, and blend till it forms a paste, but you need to add a little corn or golden syrup to reach that consistency. I would avoid honey, since its floral aroma would mask the scent from the black sesame seeds. I am going to try it in the next few days. Please let me know how it goes for you! Thanks eh =)



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