Monday, February 18, 2013

Turmeric Macarons with Chocolate Espresso Buttercream Filling

I am dangerous when I clean out my spice cabinet. Add in the other leftover bits in my fridge and here's another crazy macaron flavor creation I came up with. 

Like the gorgeous color of the smoked paprika shells, the lovely yellow on these shells comes from just the spice itself.

Pairing these with a filling took some thought. I had leftover chocolate buttercream in the fridge and about 1/4 cup of espresso syrup left over from my Root Beer Fudge Ripple Ice Cream. I combined the two for a fantastic filling.

These tasted almost smokey in flavor. The turmeric taste is slight but present in a pleasant way mitigating the strength of the chocolate espresso buttercream. The shells and filling together present a powerful overall flavor.

Turmeric Macarons with Chocolate
Espresso Buttercream Filling

For the Turmeric Shells:

Use a kitchen scale for precise measurements.

  • 90 grams of egg whites - aged at least 2 days. Let them sit out on the counter uncovered.
  • 25-50 grams of fine granulated sugar
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar (minus 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 110 Grams of almond flour*
  • Pinch of cream of tarter
  • Pinch of salt
*You can buy almond flour that has been ground with or without the skin. I use the later (blanched). The former looks really nice if you are not coloring the shells. You can also grind your own almond flour by putting whole or sliced almonds in a food processor or blender. If you do, make sure you throw a little of the powdered sugar in to prevent the almonds from forming a paste.

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together or pulse them together briefly in a food processor. Make sure there are no large pieces. 
  • Remove and discard two tablespoons of the mixture and whisk in the 2 tablespoons of turmeric and set aside. 
  • Whip the egg whites. When they start to get foamy, slowly add the sugar. Continue whipping until you can turn the bowl upside down and nothing slides out. Add  the pinches of salt and cream of tartar.
  • Add the powdered sugar/almond/turmeric mixture to the egg white mixture and fold, using quick strokes at first then slow down. The batter should have a "flowing like lava" consistency.  Make a peak of the batter and if it does not disappear after 5-7 seconds, keep folding. If it's running all over the place, you will probably have to start over. 
  • Place a pastry bag fitted with a round shaped tip in a tall water and and fold the edges down around the glass.
  • Fill the pastry bag with the macaron batter, twist the open top to secure and pipe circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a Silpat. 
  • Let the macarons dry for about a half hour or until they harden.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Place the macarons on the middle rack in the oven. I keep the oven door propped open with a dish towel or wooden spoon.
  • I place another empty baking sheet on top to prevent the shells from becoming toasted and discolored.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • When checking them after 10 minutes or so,  if the ones in the back of the sheet seem to be cooking faster that the ones in front, flip the tray around.
  • To test to see if they are done, peel the baking paper or silpat back, if the shell comes off easily, they are done.
  • If you do have a problem with the shells sticking to the surface when removed from the oven, lift up the baking paper and pour a bit of water underneath. this will steam them off the paper.
  • Transfer to a baking rack and let cool completely before matching up the shells into pairs according to size and then fill.


  1. Your macarons are always so perfect with beautiful little feet! Love them :)

  2. You've got the perfect Mac This is one recipe which i dont dare to bake...have had too many failures. Yours looks stunning:)

  3. What a lovely coloured mac and together with that chocolate espresso buttercream they look seriously *to die for*


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