I don't know about anyone else, but I just love...love... the look of these tiny little guys. They are just so adorable to look at! I think I'm obsessed with not just eating macarons but also making and looking at them. The feeling of excitement when I can see the feet forming from these little guys through the glass window of the oven is indescribable. Only if you have tried and failed to make these picky little cookies successfully, you won't be able to understand what kind of emotion I am talking about here.
Even with this successful batch of macs, it could go all wrong the next time I make it. Therefore, I want to savor and enjoy the fruit of my labor as long as possible.
At our home, we all love these little French cookies, so I make them very frequently to keep the supply from going under. This time, the recipe for the shells is the same as I have previously posted, but instead of the usual butter cream filling, I tried to pair the pistachio shells with the salted caramel sauce. The sweetness of the caramel combines with the saltiness and creamy taste of the heavy cream and butter make me want to dance in happiness. I think it would taste even better if I can pair this heavenly filling with the mocha flavor macarons. Maybe that will be the next task for my macaron quest.
Salted caramel ingredients
100 g granulated sugar
165 g heavy whipping cream
15 g salted butter
15 g salted butter
70 g soften salted butter
1 pinch of fleur de sal
When the caramel mixture completely cooled, beat the remaining butter in the stand mixer at medium speed until pale yellow and fluffy. Add in the caramel mixture, fleur de sal and continue to mix until combined.
Refrigerate the salted caramel sauce until ready to pipe.
Before use, leave it out at room temperature for about 15 min until slightly soften. Fill it up in the pastry bag with an attached round tip. Pipe a small dollop of filling onto the center of one shell and top it off with another.
You can also freeze the left over salted caramel sauce in the freezer until next use!