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strawberry cheesecake macaron with strawberry jam center

Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons


  • Author: Gail Ng
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours + 1 hour resting time
  • Yield: 24 macarons 1x

Description

Cute pink-hued strawberry cheesecake macarons with cream cheese frosting, strawberry jam filling, and a sprinkle of graham crumbs on top


Ingredients

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Macaron Shells

  • 85g super-fine almond flour
  • 150g powdered sugar
  • 90g egg whites, room temperature & aged for 24 hrs
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 1 drop pink gel food colouring

Strawberry Jam Filling

  • 100g frozen strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 100g cream cheese, softened
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings

  • 50g white chocolate, melted
  • 1 sheet honey graham cracker, crushed

Instructions

Macaron Shells

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment cut to size so that they lie flat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together almond flour and powdered sugar. Using a fine mesh sieve, sift onto a sheet of parchment paper or into another bowl. Scrape the bottom of the sieve with a spatula and discard any remaining large bits of almond flour. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat egg whites on low-medium speed until it becomes frothy like cappuccino foam. Slowly sprinkle in 1-2 tablespoons of granulated sugar at a time and beat on medium speed between each addition. When all the sugar has been combined, keep beating at medium-high speed until the meringue reaches soft peaks. Add the gel food colouring at this point. Continue beating until the meringue reaches stiff peaks. 
  4. Add half of the sifted almond flour mixture into the meringue and fold with a spatula until roughly incorporated. Fold in the rest of the almond flour until roughly combined.
  5. Smear the batter against the sides of the bowl to deflate air out of the batter. Scoop it all back up with your spatula and fold a few times. Repeat this motion about 3-4 times and regularly check if the batter is at the correct consistency by scooping up some batter with your spatula and letting it fall back down into the bowl. If the batter smoothly ribbons off the spatula without breaking, it's ready.
  6. Transfer the batter to a piping back fitted with a small round piping tip. Hold the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet, slightly above the surface, and squeeze the batter out, staying in the same spot, and let the batter move outwards into a circle by itself. Do a small, circular flick with the piping tip to stop piping.
  7. Lift and drop the baking sheets onto the counter a few times to bring air bubbles to the surface. Use a toothpick to pop any visible air bubbles. Let the macarons rest on the counter for about 1 hour they are slightly dry to the touch.
  8. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 290°F. Bake macarons one tray at a time for about 15 minutes or until the tops are just barely wobbly when pushed and bottoms peel off the parchment cleanly. Let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Strawberry Jam Filling

  1. In a small saucepan, heat frozen strawberries and sugar on medium heat until it boils, stirring occasionally and mash the softened strawberries to release their juices. Let it boil for about 10 minutes or until it becomes thick and jammy. 
  2. Push the jam through a fine mesh sieve into a small container to cool completely before transferring to a piping bag. Discard any remaining strawberry pulp.

Cream Cheese Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and mix on low until combined. Add in the vanilla extract and continue beating on medium-high speed until it becomes smooth and creamy. Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a small round or star tip.

Assembling the Macarons

  1. Match macarons up into similarly sized and shaped pairs.
  2. Pipe a ring of cream cheese frosting around the outer edge of each macaron. Pipe a dollop of strawberry jam into the middle of the ring. Gently press another macaron on top to sandwich.
  3. Drizzle melted white chocolate across the tops of the macarons and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs before the chocolate hardens.

Notes

  • Strawberry jam: You can use fresh strawberries instead of frozen. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of water to help them come to a boil. Or you can skip this altogether and use a store-bought strawberry jam.
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: strawberry cheesecake macarons, strawberry macarons, strawberry shortcake macarons

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