Sweet and fresh mandarin orange macarons with an orange buttercream – perfect for the Lunar New Year and all-around sunny vibes
- 85g almond flour
- 150g powdered sugar
- 90g egg whites, at room temperature and aged for 24 hours (about 3 large eggs)
- 80g granulated sugar
- Orange gel food colouring
- 115g unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
- 135g powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp mandarin orange zest
- 1–2 tbsp mandarin orange juice, freshly squeezed
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, cut to fit into the tray so that it lies completely flat. Set aside.
- With a mesh sieve, sift almond flour and powdered sugar onto a piece of parchment paper, scraping any chunks through with a spatula. Discard any large pieces. Return mixture back to bowl and sift a second time. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment to beat the egg whites on medium speed until it resembles cappuccino foam.
- Slowly add in the granulated sugar, 1/3 at a time, while whisking on high speed.
- When the meringue reaches soft peaks, use a toothpick to add in a small amount of orange gel food colouring.
- Continue whisking until meringue reaches stiff peaks.
- Add in half of the sifted almond flour & powdered sugar mixture into the meringue.
- Gently fold in with a rubber spatula until just incorporated.
- Add in the rest of the almond flour mixture and continue folding. Press the batter up around the sides of the bowl and scrape back together in a folding motion to deflate some air out of the meringue. Stop folding when you can lift up the batter and drip it off the spatula in a figure 8 motion without the batter breaking.
- Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip.
- Holding the piping tip perpendicular to the baking sheet and close to the surface, pipe small 1-inch circles onto the prepared baking sheets by holding the piping bag in the same position and letting the batter move outwards from the tip. Leave about 1 inch space between each macaron.
- Firmly lift and drop baking sheet on countertop a few times to bring any air bubbles to the surface.
- Leave the baking sheets in a cool area to rest macarons for 30 mins to 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 300F.
- When you can brush the top of a macaron with a finger and it doesn’t feel sticky, insert one tray at a time into the oven on the middle rack. Bake for about 15-16 mins.
- Remove macarons from oven when the feet have set and the macarons peel cleanly off the parchment paper.
- Let cool completely before filling.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and creamy.
- Add in powdered sugar and beat on low-medium speed until smooth.
- Add the vanilla extract and orange zest and beat until smooth.
- Add one teaspoon of orange juice at a time, mixing in between each addition until a smooth consistency is achieved. If buttercream is too dry, add another teaspoon of juice. If it’s too wet, add more powdered sugar.
- Transfer buttercream into a piping bag fitted with an open star tip.
Assembling the macarons:
- Pair up each macaron shell with another similarly sized shell. Flip one upside down.
- Pipe buttercream into the center of the bottom shell until the almost at the edges.
- Gently sandwich with the other macaron shell.
- Store macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 24 hours to allow the shells to soften and mature. Bring macarons back to room temperature before serving.
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