Macarons à la Linzer
For the shells:
– 200g of almond meal
– 200g of powdered sugar
– 200g of caster sugar
– 146g of egg whites
– 5cl of water
– edible pearls, edible snowflakes, ribbons and food decorating pens
Combine the caster sugar and the water in a saucepan, place over medium heat and bring to 118°. In the meanwhile put half of the the egg whites in a mixer bowl and whip them on medium speed to soft peaks. Pour the 118° syrup in a thin, steady stream into the whipping egg whites.
Continue whipping the meringue on medium speed until the temperature drops to 50°.
In a large bowl combine the almond meal, the caster sugar and the other half of the egg whites and mix well.
Add a small part of the meringue to the almond paste and mix gently, then add the rest of the meringue, fold and scratch the surface until the batter starts to run glossy.
Put the mixture in a pastry bag with a large tip and form two circles (one big and one small) on parchment lined sheet pans. Allow the macarons shells to sit for 1 hour until the surface feels dry to the touch.
Preheat the oven to 150° and bake the shells for approximately 14 minutes. Cool the macarons shells on the sheet pans.
For the Linzer filling:
– 120g of red currant jam
– 38g of walnut meal
– 38g of almond meal
– 2 tsp of cinnamon
– 20g of powdered sugar
– the peel of 1 lemon
Mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Fill your snowman macarons with the Linzer filling. Decorate the snowmen with edible snowflakes and pearls, food decorating pens and ribbons.
I wish you all a sweet Christmas time!!