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Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons, The Perfect Halloween Treat

Tastes like caramel apples!

I am so excited to share this flavor of macarons with you; Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons. Every year in mid September to early October we pick apples and dip them in caramel to hand out to the special people in our lives; this year Sydney and I wanted to create the luscious flavor in a macaron. The fist step was to write down the essence of a caramel apples, the first taste to the last on our palates. That first crisp apple sensation, followed by the sweet gooey caramel, and finally the fleur de sel lingers on your taste buds. Now we had our challenge, to fabricate the exquisite experience, after two attempts we finally accomplished our goal. The dehydrated apple powder seemed to change the structure of the macaron, so we discovered the macaron pieds needed to rest for an extra half our.

Sydney and I had challenged ourselves with a new shell and filling flavor, the experience was exhilarating; it was also an “aha” moment for me. I realized that in the past twenty years our relationship in the culinary arts and life has gradually changed, from Sydney being an observer, to a pupil, a sous chef, and finally to my equal.

 Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons:

This flavor is a must try!

  •  66  grams/2.5  egg whites, divided in half, at least 1 day old separated
  • 1 grams/a pinch egg white powder, optional & helpful
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped for seeds keep skin
  • 138 grams/ 1 1/8-cup icing sugar
  • 117 grams/ 1 1/8-cup almond finely ground
  • 22 grams/ 2-Tablespoons grams freeze dried dehydrated apple powder

 

Sugar Syrup:

  • 36 grams/ 1/8-cup water
  • 135 grams/1 1/8 cup sugar
  • Vanilla bean, skins only
  • 66 grams/ 2.5 egg white, about 2.5 eggs whites
  • 1 grams/pinch egg white powder
  • 7 grams/ 2-teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 1grams/  1/4-teaspoon vert pomme food colorant
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • Apple aroma, about 3 drops

 

Prepare your mise en place.

Tant pour tant mise en place

Place the almonds, powdered sugar, dehydrated apple powder, and food colorants in a food processor and give them a good pulse until the nuts are finely ground.

Sift the tant pour tant in two batches  (almond flour, dehydrated apple powder, and icing sugar) and set aside.

The Italian meringue

Prepare your mise en place.

Italian meringue mise en place

In a small pot over low heat, combine water, sugar, and vanilla skins. Swirl the pot over the burner to dissolve the sugar completely. (Do not stir)

Increase the heat and boil to a softball stage (235 to 240 degrees F/ 113 to 116 degrees C). Use a candy thermometer for accuracy. Wash down the inside wall of the pot with a wet pastry brush, if necessary.

Meanwhile, prepare your meringue.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the other half of eggs whites and egg white powder on medium low speed until foamy. Add the apple aroma, increase the speed to medium, and beat until soft peaks and add vanilla seeds, and begin to slowly add super fine sugar to the egg whites. Whisk egg whites to medium firm.

With the mixer running, pour the hot sugar syrup in a thin stream over the fluffed egg whites. Beat until the egg whites are stiff, shiny, and glossy. Do not over beat your meringue or it will be too dry and break.

Take the bowl with your tant pour tant (almond mixture) and add the reserved half of egg whites.

Add a third of the meringue to the tant pour tant, give it a quick fold to break some of the air, keep folding till the almond mixture is mixed into the meringue, and then fold another third of the meringue into the batter, continue to vigorously fold till there are no white streaks. Now add the last third of meringue to the batter fold till thick, shiny and ribbons fall from the spatula. Fold the batter carefully until you obtain a batter that falls back on itself and resembles shiny cake batter.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip with the batter and pipe small rounds (1.5 inches in diameter) onto silicone mats lined baking sheets or parchment paper lined baking sheets.

Let the piped batter rest for 12 to 15 minutes, and then rap the sheets on a tabletop to help them set properly.

Let the macarons sit out for about 1 1/2 hours to make sure the shells develop a skin.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F/ 149 degrees C.

Right before placing the macarons in the oven reduce the heat to 280 degrees F/ 138 degrees C.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on their size.

Bake the macarons for 5 minutes, then quickly open the oven door, turn the pan, and close the oven. Bake them for another 5 minutes and open and close the oven again. Continue to bake the macarons until the tops are rounded and firm and a craggy ridge, the foot, has formed around the base, about  5 minutes (check the macarons after a couple of minutes, as the baking time will vary by the oven).

Remove the silicone mat or parchment paper with the macarons still attached to a cooling rack; so they do not become soggy. Once the macarons are freely loosen from the silpat/parchment paper transfer to another cooling rack for a good 2 hours.

 Fleur de Sel Caramel Mousse:

Caramel:

  • 400 grams/ 2-cups granulated sugar
  • 155 grams water/2/3-cup water
  • 330 grams/ 1 1/2-cups cream
  • Fleur de sel salt
  • 1-vanilla bean pod
  • 1-teaspooon vanilla
  • 8 grams/ 4 sheet geletin
  • Cold ice water
  • 29 grams/2-Tablespoons unsalted butter cold
  • 20 grams/1 1/2-Tablespoons dark rum
  • 20 gram 1 1/2-Tablespoons Calvados
  • Candy thermometer

Mousse:

  • 170 crème frâiche, cold
  • 226 heavy cream, cold
  • Cold bowl
  • Cold whisk

Fleur de Sel Caramel:

In a small glass bowl pour ice water, leaving the ice out, and add the gelatin sheet. Allow the sheets to soften while you prepare the caramel.

Prepare your mise en place.

Caramel mise en place

Pour water and sugar into a 2-quart heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Insert a candy thermometer, and continue to boil until syrup is thick and straw-colored, registering 145 degrees C/ 290 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium; continue to cook until the sugar is deep amber, begins to smoke, and registers 350 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes longer.

A candy thermometer is essential, in fact I use a back up thermometer for complete accuracy.

Thermaworks has a great thermometer.

Meanwhile, when the temperature of the syrup reaches 150 degrees C/ 300 degrees F, bring the cream and a pinch of flour de sel to a simmer in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. (If cream reaches a simmer before the syrup reaches 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F, remove cream from the heat and set aside.)

Remove the sugar syrup from the heat or turn the heat off, if using a gas stove. Pour about one quarter of the hot cream into the sugar syrup; let bubbling subside. Add remaining cream; let bubbling subside again. Pour a little at a time or your stove will be wearing caramel and be VERY careful, the mixture is HOT.  Whisk gently until smooth; and cook over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture reaches 120 degrees C/ 248 degreesF.

 Turn the heat off or remove from heat and stir the gelatin into the hot caramel.

Transfer the caramel into a heatproof measuring jug and  let the mixture cool for 3 t0 4 minutes; whisk in butter, vanilla, calvados and dark rum. Do not be alarmed if the caramel, with each addition of the vanilla extract, Calvados, and the rum, bubbles rapidly. It is also wonderful for a vanilla, rum, Calvados steamed facial!

Allow the caramel to cool completely in the measuring jug.

Fleur de sel Caramel Mousse:

Place the the bowl to your standing mixer or the bowl for your hand mixer in the freezer with the whisk attachment while the caramel is cooling.

 Prepare your mise en place.

Fleur de sel caramel mousse mise en place

 With your VERY cold bowl pour the cold heavy cream and cold crème frâche whisk on medium speed until the whipped crème cream has formed medium peaks. Reduce the speed to medium-low and pour the caramel into the whipped crème cream. Increase the speed back to medium and whip until firm peaks form. Watch this closely; within a second you can go from beautiful caramel mousse to caramel curdle. YUCK!

Assemble:

Place the mousse in a piping bag fitted with an open star tip and pipe the caramel mousse onto a macaron shell,

sprinkle with a small amount of fleur de sel, and place a second macaron shell on top.

So far everyone who has had the opportunity to taste the fleur de sel caramel apple macarons have been in palate heaven, one person was so thrilled with the taste she declared her taste buds were having a party! We have also had numerous requests for Halloween parties!

Trick or Treat, I’ll have a treat please!

Enjoy!

Voila!

15 Comments

  1. Absolutely impressive and beautiful. Taking the Macaron to a whole new level. I was wondering if you could list brands of the not so easy to find ingredients so that I can find the products to make this recipe. What brands do you recommend and such.

    Merci,
    Annamaria

  2. I Thank you for the sweet compliment! I will email a list by the end of the day or early tomorrow.
    Bobbie :)

  3. These are gorgeous. I am always so impressed by your level of expertise. You make me feel like a total slacker. lol

  4. I am sure you are the opposite of a slacker, but I am glad you enjoyed the article. :)

  5. I think I will give macarons a try again (I have never been successful in baking them) using your recipe. Your macarons look so gorgeous and the pictures are stunning!

  6. If you have any questions or need help, please let me know, maybe I can help. :)

  7. Pretty macarons! And thanks for the tutorial! Maybe, someday I will make these ….

  8. I hope you will!

  9. Beautiful post, I love the animated images showing exactly what you did! I have to try this!!!

  10. Let me know how you like the flavor combination please!

  11. Those are absolutely beautiful! I love the flavor combination. Macarons are on my baking list.

  12. Thank you Laura, by the way I adore tour site!

  13. These are so intense – the color, the flavor pairings, and the texture of the fillings… Wow… I’m featuring this post as part of Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution) and thanks for making me drool!

  14. These look really great! I tried making these once but completely failed, how did you get them to become so perfectly fluffy and round?

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  15. Thank you, I piped the macarons with an open round tube(tip) using equal pressure, and gently tapped the pan against the counter to set any peaks.

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