Chocolate Macaron with Sichuan Pepper

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

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. 🙂

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

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. 😉

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

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?

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

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! 😀

Ingredients:

For the macaron shells :

5 egg whites
70g caster sugar
200g icing sugar
120g ground almonds
30g cocoa powder
3g salt

For the filling:

100g dark chocolate (55-60%, of good quality)
50g dark chocolate (80%, of good quality)
60ml cream
2 tbsp butter (room temperature and cut into cubes )
2 tsp passion fruit juice (boiled and reduced)
1 teaspoon freshly ground Sichuan pepper

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
  2. Mix almonds, cocoa powder and icing sugar and put through a fine sieve.
  3. Beat the egg whites with the salt and 50g sugar till very stiff while adding the remaining sugar to it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Add the boiled and reduced passion fruit juice to the chocolate mixture and mix well. Chill the filling completely.
  8. Take two macaron halves. Add the filling to one half and put the other half on it.

Voilà ! For love! 愛情萬歲!

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26 thoughts on “Chocolate Macaron with Sichuan Pepper

  1. omnomlagos

    These look absolutely gorgeous and I like the idea of having a spicy kick. I’ve got some almonds I need to use up I have never made macaroons before, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to do both. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  2. Ngan R.

    Qin, these macaroons are so beautiful and look delicious! And your blog looks all-around delightful–so glad I found your blog through Angie’s party–can’t wait to see more!

    Reply
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    1. Qin Post author

      Hi Patty, they tasted really good and the danger for addiction is very big. 😉 I was struggling a lot not to touch the box all the time, where I hide my chocolate treasures. 😉

      Cheers,
      Qin

      Reply
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    1. Qin Post author

      Hi Angie, thanks! 🙂 I would love to join your blog party. What do I need to do for this? There might be only one problem: I am going to be on the road the whole day long tomorrow, for a cooking casting show in Germany. I will not be online till early evening of your time in America. Could this work still? Qin

      Reply
      1. The Novice Gardener

        Yes, it’ll still work. But the more important issue is the show casting. Are you going as a participant or producer? Qin, that sounds like a whole lot of fun, maybe even more fun than Fiesta Friday! You’ll have to tell us all about it!

      2. Qin Post author

        Hi Angie, so sorry, I couldn’t make it yesterday for your blog party. 😦 The casting was finished at midnight yesterday and I was so exhausted afterwards.

        I would love to tell you everything in details so much! But I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement for the project yesterday. Which means I am unfortunately not allowed to tell you any details about the casting yesterday. But I promise you, once it is allowed I am going to tell you all about it! 🙂

        I hope you guys had a wonderful blog party yesterday! 🙂
        Happy weekend!

        Chees, Qin

      3. The Novice Gardener

        Qin, the party is still going on. You can still link! Make sure you update your post and tag it Fiesta Friday and link the post to my Fiesta Friday #3 post, too. So I’ll get a pingback and others can find you.

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