A few months ago I was hostess gifted with a lovely jar of maple jelly straight from Canada. I resisted opening it to taste it and stored it in the section of my pantry reserved for potential French Macaron fillings.
This section of my cabinet is a treasure trove of little jars and packets of exotic and different flavored jams, jellies, syrups and nut butters.
I admit I was a bit stumped on what to fill these lovely cardamom shells. My first instinct was to go with that old frosting work horse vanilla buttercream to balance the spiciness of the shells.
So glad I caved and cracked open this maple jelly. It was the perfect pairing for these early fall inspired sweet and spicy macs.
Cardamom French Macarons with
Maple Jelly Filling
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 cardamom powder
- Pinch of cream of tarter
- Pinch of salt
- 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 the cardamom powder. 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/cardamom 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 maple jelly or your choice of filling.