Classic Chocolate Macaron

Classic Chocolate Macaron

Macarons have a reputation for being difficult to make. They aren't the easiest but our helpful tips help you can make perfect macarons every time.
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  • Serves: 15 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 365 F / 180 C / Gas 4.
  3. Step 3

    Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Step 4

    If the ground almonds seem a little thick or lumpy then whizz for a few seconds in a food processor.
  5. Step 5

    Sieve into the same bowl and carefully mix together.
  6. Step 6

    In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and salt until they form soft peaks .
  7. Step 7

    Add the caster / fine sugar and continue to whisk until the whites are very thick and glossy.
  8. Step 8

    Gently fold in the icing sugar, chocolate and almond mix.
  9. Step 9

    Fill a piping bag with the mixture with a 1/3-inch nozzle.
  10. Step 10

    Place the silicon mat or paper template onto a baking sheet. Pipe small blobs onto the sheet remembering that less is more at this stage because the mixture will settle and form into the allotted spaces.
  11. Step 11

    Gently tap the baking sheet a few times on the work surface to help the macaron mixture to settle and to break any air bubbles, then leave to dry for 20 minutes.
  12. Step 12

    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven until the macarons feel firm and come away from the silicon sheet easily. You may want to open the oven door slightly once or twice during the cooking time to allow any steam to escape.
  13. Step 13

    Cool completely on the sheet while you make the filling.
  14. Step 14

    Break the chocolate into small pieces and add to a heatproof bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water.
  15. Step 15

    When melted add the cream and stir until the mixture becomes smooth and easily spreadable.
  16. Step 16

    Place approximately a 1/2 teaspoon of the filling to the flat side of one macaroon and sandwich together with another then twist ever so slightly to create a bond.
  17. Step 17

    Continue with the remaining macaroons.
  18. Step 18

    Perfect for an afternoon tea .