Today is the final day of my Chocolate Week of recipes for using essential oils and chocolate. I saved the best for last!
These are tricky to get the shells, or cookie parts, right. When you're baking them, it's better to go underdone than overdone. As someone who is used to seeing cookies get a little brown, I learned my lesson to follow the baking instructions exactly. Otherwise you get brittle cookies that are more meringe and less macaron.
Yes... today's recipe is for Chocolate Macarons with Black Pepper Ganache!!
with Black Pepper Chocolate Ganache
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup fine almond flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 large egg whites (room temperature)
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375˚ F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
Sift together powdered sugar, almond flour and cocoa powder into large bowl, and discard any large pieces.
Beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until they form peaks. Add granulated sugar. Beat until stiff.
Fold the dry ingredients into the egg whites.
Hint: Using a rubber spatula, fold until smooth, not runny.
Fill pastry bag and pipe batter into 1-inch circles.
Tap baking sheet on the counter, until air bubbles come to the surface, and cookie mixture is flat.
Let macarons sit for 30 minutes, then bake for 12 minutes.
Combine ingredients for ganache. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Once combined, refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Once cookies are cool, fill with ganache and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Black Pepper essential oil is a multi-purpose oil that has a variety of uses and benefits. It's high in monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, which are natural chemicals known for their antioxidant activity and their ability to support the immune system when needed most.*
When Black Pepper essential oil is orally ingested it can help the body support healthy cell function and also promote healthy circulation.*
Be careful when handling this essential oil, as it can cause skin irritation when used undiluted. The sharp flavor of Black Pepper makes it an ideal addition to meats, soups, and entrees in addition to this unique flavor combination in a macaron!
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.