Monday, March 2, 2015

Macaron Monday: Grapefruit French Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Filling

The winter plods on here in the East Coast of the USA. Today is a grey cloudy day. With fresh snow on the ground from yesterday and more predicted for this week, it's hardly believable we will be "springing" our clocks ahead this coming weekend.

So I am doing thing "look at the shiny object" thing today. Ooh, look at these pretty grapefruit flavor French macarons instead of the horrible weather. 

The vanilla bean buttercream is the perfect pairing for the citrus spiked shells. 

I am going to start marking the return of good weather by Macaron Mondays. Let's hope next weekend brings more sunshine and milder temperatures.

Grapefruit French Macarons with
 Vanilla Bean Buttercream Filling

For the grapefruit flavored 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.
  • Pinch of cream of tarter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 25-50 grams extra fine white granulated sugar
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar 
  • 110 Grams of almond flour*
  • 3 drops grapefruit flavor oil
  • Yellow powdered food coloring (optional)
*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. 
  • 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 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. Fold in the grapefruit flavor oil 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. Fold in the yellow food coloring, if desired. 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 under the shell, 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 vanilla bean buttercream or your choice of filling.

For the Vanilla Bean buttercream:


  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Place the butter, 2 cups of the powdered sugar and the milk in a mixer and cream together.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract.
  • Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds and add them to the bowl.
  • Add the rest of the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until combined. If the mixture is too liquid, add more powdered sugar.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a large round tip and pipe some buttercream on a macaron shell. Top with a matching size shell.

1 comment:

  1. I love the idea of grapefruit macarons, you can lose calories while eating these delicious sweets. Really interesting taste combo though, sweet sour flavor of grapefrt with buttercream... ymmm!


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