Monday, August 4, 2014

Macaron Monday: Wheat Germ French Macarons with Peanut Butter Filling

These are probably the most pedestrian earthy crunch French macarons I have ever made. But I saw the wheat germ in the store and thought, why not?

These wheat germ macarons were made during the six different batch marathon I embarked on on an unfortunately very humid day a few weeks ago. Consequently, the feet results on each batch varied greatly. 

These poor macarons were pretty ugly. Some came out really blobby. To blobby to show. Thankfully, taste-wise I give them much higher marks then their looks. Pairing the wheat germ flavored shells with plain old creamy peanut butter worked perfectly. 

These taste, dare I say it? A bit healthy. But that's a stretch considering how much sugar is in both the shells and the American style peanut butter.

Wheat Germ French Macarons 
with Peanut Butter Filling

For the Wheat Germ 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 extra fine white granulated sugar
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar 
  • 110 Grams of almond flour*
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ 
  • Pinch of cream of tarter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
*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 two tablespoons of the powdered sugar/almond mixture and discard. Replace with two tablespoons of wheat germ. Pulse or whisk until combined thoroughly.
  • 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/wheat germ 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.
  • Fill with peanut butter.

1 comment:

  1. I love them and think that the deeper nutty flavor the wheat germ must give the shells would pair beautifully with the peanut butter! And blobby? Seriously? They're perfect! Gosh, I've not made macs in ages and now you have me wanting too!


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