Maple Pecan Macarons
- 40 minutes, cook time 20 minutes
- 11 ingredients
Note: Steps are for original recipe. Actual cooking times may need to be adjusted for updated quantities.
- 105 grams Sifted Super Fine Almond Flour
- 105 grams Sifted Confectioners Sugar
- 100 grams Egg Whites
- 100 grams White Sugar
- 3 grams (1 tsp) Egg White Powder (or meringue powder)
- 1 1/2 tsp Maple Extract
- 1/2 cup Pecans
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups Confectioners Sugar
- 3 tbsp Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Crushed or Finley Chopped Pecans
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat (if you have enough, prepare 2 baking sheets).
Over a large mixing bowl on a scale, sift almond flour until you reach 105g. Discard any large pieces of almond flour. Repeat with the confectioners sugar. Whisk the almond flour and confectioners sugar until very well-combined. Set aside.
Add egg whites, white sugar, and egg white powder to the bowl of your stand mixer, and whisk together. Place the bowl over top of a simmering pot of water (bain-marie), ensuring a tight seal and ensuring that the bottom of the stand mixer is not actually touching the water.
Continuously whisk the mixture while it heats up over the bain-marie, heat the mixture until it reaches 140°F (60°C). When temperature is achieved, remove the bowl from the simmering water pot and place onto your stand mixer, fitted with the whip attachment.
Beat the mixture, starting on low. Once soft peaks have been formed, increase the speed to medium. Once medium peaks are achieved, increase the speed to high. Beat on high until stiff peaks have formed. Add maple extract, then beat for 10 more seconds to incorporate.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, and place a sieve over top. Pour the dry mixture from earlier into the sieve, then sift the dry ingredients into the meringue.
Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue. I like to scrape around the sides of the bowl in an entire circle, and then cut through the centre – similar to the Greek letter phi which looks like this: Φ
Be gentle and careful not to overmix or over-deflate the meringue. The mixture is ready to be piped when it ribbons off your spatula, meaning that the batter, when lifted with a spatula, should keep flowing off the spatula in ribbon shapes nonstop, without drizzling off too quickly. If it is coming off in large V shaped chunks it still needs to be folded further. Another test is the figure 8 test: If you can lift some batter up and use it to draw several figure 8’s without the stream breaking, it is ready!
Add mixture into a piping bag with medium to large sized round tip. Pipe small circles of batter onto a cookie sheet fitted with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Ensure piping bag is held straight up and perpendicular to baking sheet. Using a stencil or a macaron mat makes this process much easier and fool proof, I try to make my macarons around 1½” in diameter.
Tap the baking sheet multiple times against counter to remove any air bubble from the macarons. If some air bubbles still remain, use a tooth pick to gently poke them out.
Preheat oven to 300°F, or 275°F for convection oven. While oven is preheating, allow the macarons to sit and form a skin. This skin will ensure the macarons bake up and not out, giving them those classic “feet”. This skin should form anywhere from 8 minutes to an hour. You know the macarons are ready to be baked when you can touch them lightly without having the batter stick to your finger. Keep checking them to see if they have formed a skin– overly dried macarons are just as much of a problem as under-dried macarons!
Maple Pecan Buttercream
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Your bake time will depend on the size of your macarons. Check at 15 minutes, and if they are not ready then keep checking every minute. The macarons are ready when the tops are firm and do not move around their base at all.
Allow the macarons to cool completely before attempting to remove them from the sheets/mats/parchment. When cooled, find “perfect pairs” of macaron halves and set aside to be filled and topped.
Topping & Assembling the Macarons
Place pecans into a food processor, then pulse until pecans are well-ground (just before paste begins to form). Set aside.
Add butter to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high until butter is doubled in volume, and looks light and fluffy.
Turn the stand mixer to low and slowly add the confectioners sugar. Beat until completely incorporated, then add in the maple syrup, heavy cream, maple extract and ground pecans. Beat until well-combined and fully incorporated. Place buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star tip.
In a small mixing bowl, combine confectioners sugar and heavy cream (found under ‘Pecan Topping’ ingredients). Whisk until smooth. Dip ½ of the macaron shells (the tops of perfect pairs) into the glaze, then immediately dip into crushed pecans. Set aside to harden and set for 1-2 hours.
After topping has set, pipe the maple buttercream onto the other ½ of the macaron shells (bottoms of perfect pairs), then top each bottom with it’s corresponding top. Place into the fridge overnight to mature and meld together.