Get a coffee fix in these deliciously decadent macarons. Espresso Mocha Macaron with Salted Dark Chocolate Filling taste like a fancy cup of mocha espresso with a pleasant hint of salt in the buttercream.
Somewhere along the lines, I lost my touch with the macaron. So, what’s a blogger to do? Keep trying until I get it back! Thankfully, I didn’t have to go far to find it.
The last perfect-ish batch of macaron I made were the fluffernutter macarons in July of last year. Wow! Was it really that long ago? Almost a year!! Granted, I haven’t spent much time in the kitchen making them. I get a bit lazy on Sunday’s sometimes. Well, I mean, most times. If you had some of the work weeks I have, you’d rest on Sundays, too.
Then I made some pistachio macarons in January. They were okay. They were nice and chewy on the inside like I’d never made before. I know they’re supposed to be, but I was always afraid of under cooking them and have them just not peel off the silpat. So, I always cooked them just a little longer and tested to see if they could peel off the silpat easily. But not this batch. I trusted the wiggle test and took them out when they just didn’t wiggle. I didn’t even check to see if they would peel off the mat.
Okay, so, the wiggle test. I learned this when I took the class as Sur la Table. You simply grab the shell of macaron at the top; above the feet. Now, gently try to shift the top from side the side. If it easily moves from side to side, cook them another 2 minutes. If not, then take them out; they’re done. Trust. Trust me on this one. It’s how I have managed to get crisp shells and chewy centers every time.
I always say that I go big or go home. I never half-ass anything. When I make a mistake it’s a loch ness and not baby alligator. I also jump with both feet blindly off the cliff. Sometimes I land a perfect 10 and sometimes I face-plant. You don’t know if you don’t try, right?
Since I’ve heard that chocolate macaron are one of the hardest to make, I figured, why not? From what I understand, it’s the oils in the cocoa powder that can make or break the shells. In the class, they suggested not using America’s sweetheart of cocoa powder, Hershey. I used Nestle, instead. Maybe that’s why they weren’t a disaster. I don’t know. I do know that I prefer Nestle over Hershey for regular cocoa powder, but love the dark chocolate cocoa powder that Hershey offers. Maybe one day I’ll be able to get all KAF cocoa powders.
I did, however, use some of their espresso powder in these Espresso Mocha Macaron with Salted Dark Chocolate . It’s so yummy. Did you know that adding just a little bit of espresso to your chocolate baked goods makes them taste more chocolatey? Oh yeah. You should seriously try it. It makes chocolate taste amazing. And their espresso powder is totally decadent. If you get a chance, get a jar. It smells amazing when you first open; just the best cup of espresso you’ve ever tasted. Then you bake with it and you get this amazing coffee aroma with the perfect coffee flavor.
I decided to make espresso after seeing some gorgeous looking coffee and espresso macaron on Pinterest. Shocker, I know. I found an idea on Pinterest. I have a whole board of macaron inspiration to view when I’m looking for a recipe or flavor combination inspiration. Keep scrolling and you’ll see the black coffee ones that inspired this idea. I almost… ALMOST added black dye to make them darker, but I decided not to do that. I wanted the gorgeous chocolate espresso color to shrine through.
See what I mean? That beautiful brown color that tricks you into thinking these are just chocolate macaron, but then you open the package and that aroma of rich, dark, espresso hits you smack in the face. And it truly does smack you in the face. I was almost a little worried that some might be put off by the strong coffee smell, but then you just take a bite and oh my word does it taste amazing!
So, normally I just share these with those in the know in my office, but since we’ve moved into the other building almost a year ago, I thought I’d put some out on the communal treats table for others to try. I saw B take one and when I took another lap around the floor I stopped in to ask him how he liked it. He said that he couldn’t believe how mocha they truly tasted! Like a café mocha you get on the corner shop. I thanked him, which surprised him, because he didn’t know I had made them. I was so proud to receive new compliments about these beauties.
I couldn’t resist eating a few of these rich, delicious beans that Mom sent from Maui. It’s Lion brand coffee, which is a local brand, I think? Anyway, it’s really good coffee! I’m guessing it’s a Kona blend, being from Hawaii and what not, but don’t quote me. They have amazing coffee flavor and I nibbled on several while I was doing this photo shoot.
No. I wasn’t bouncing off the walls. Caffeine has no effect on me. I can drink it and go to sleep. I drink a few cups in the morning and used to get another cup later on in the day. My drink of choice at the fancy coffee place is a quad skinny mocha. That’s four shots of espresso in a nonfat mocha. To say I like it strong is an understatement.
How do you like your coffee?
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