Soon it will be Valentine’s Day. On this day one should better treat his/her sweetheart especially well and have, at best, prepared a gift for the day of love. With chocolate one can convey one’s love in the best way, at least I have already heard about this during my earlier years in China through the romantic movies and novels. 🙂
My husband and I actually rarely celebrate Valentin’s day. It is just not a really special day for us. Because both my husband and I are of the opinion: It is best to show your love to your beloved one in daily life, not only on one special day, not necessarily always with gifts and flowers. Very often, only a small lovely gesture could be even more: A warm hug, a kiss or just looking into the eyes of your beloved one. 😉
However, I am also of the opinion that you can never have enough chocolate. What would be even better for the day of love than these fluffy, seductive sweet chocolate macarons with a touch of the unique Sichuan pepper taste?
For the basic recipe of macarons, Maryanne has a lot of cool tips for all, who have never made macarons themselves: http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/macaron-recipe-faq-troubleshooting. Her great technique and the basic recipe have helped me a lot. Be sure to stop by and take a look there!
Enjoy conjuring a loving gift for your sweetheart! 😀
For the macaron shells :
5 egg whites
70g caster sugar
200g icing sugar
120g ground almonds
30g cocoa powder
For the filling:
100g dark chocolate (55-60%, of good quality)
50g dark chocolate (80%, of good quality)
2 tbsp butter (room temperature and cut into cubes )
2 tsp passion fruit juice (boiled and reduced)
1 teaspoon freshly ground Sichuan pepper
- Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
- Mix almonds, cocoa powder and icing sugar and put through a fine sieve.
- Beat the egg whites with the salt and 50g sugar till very stiff while adding the remaining sugar to it.
- Once the egg white is beaten stiff, blend the sifted almonds, cocoa powder and icing sugar gently in. Mix gently until a smooth creamy consistency is achieved.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, and inject the mixture in portions (1.5 cm diameter) with a piping bag. Tap the baking sheet on the work surface a few times lightly, so that the air can escape from the dough mixture, let it rest for about 20 minutes until the surface looks smooth and shiny. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes, then open the oven door briefly to let the moisture from the oven out. Then bake for about further 10 minutes.
- For the filling: Chop the chocolate and add it in a bowl. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Heat the cream with the Sichuan pepper in a small saucepan, remove from heat and let soak in for about 10 minutes. Reheat and add to the chocolate, mix well.
- Add the boiled and reduced passion fruit juice to the chocolate mixture and mix well. Chill the filling completely.
- Take two macaron halves. Add the filling to one half and put the other half on it.
Voilà ! For love! 愛情萬歲！