Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pumpkin French Macarons

Re-posts of this recipe have shown up around the blogosphere, but these are the original Pumpkin French Macarons featured on The Martha Stewart Show.  


 So you know those Hello Kitty Macarons I showed you? Well when I was piping the macaron shells I got the idea to make pumpkin shaped macarons. And I had to make them the first chance I got. I know, you're probably thinking this is too hard. You've heard everyone say how hard and temperamental macarons are and that you've got to weigh ingredients perfectly. I have to say I disagree. I always use Martha Stewart's recipe which is one of the simplest I have found, and they always have turned out perfectly. I don't even own a kitchen scale. Bakers blasphemy, I know.

 For a special fall treat I added 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice to the macaron shells and filled them with a pumpkin frosting. They tasted just like pumpkin pie. Only with the outer crunch and inner softness of a macaron.


To make the pumpkin shape, I simply piped ovals of batter and added a little "stem" to the top. I usually bake macaron shells on parchment, but was out, so I used my silpat. The silpat results in smaller "feet" on the macarons, which is not as desirable to some macaron experts :)
Once again, I brought out the food coloring pens to add some details. I used gel food coloring and a small paint brush too, but that's not necessary.   

 Add faces to make Jack-o-Lanterns if you like! Bring these to your Halloween parties and your friends will be seriously impressed. Be careful with putting them on a stick like I did in this last picture. They will slide off if the filling is not stiff enough, so I recommend using a chocolate ganache or refrigerating them.
We're breaking out the Halloween decorations today! I used the rest of the burlap from my fall decorating to make a (not too) spooky banner for our front door. I love fall. Even if it is 80 degrees here right now and my cute boots and sweaters have yet to make an appearance.

Pumpkin French Macarons
printer-friendly recipe 
makes about 15 macarons

Pumpkin Spice Macaron Shells

1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
1 cup (4 ounces) finely ground sliced, blanched almonds
6 tablespoons fresh egg whites (from about 3 extra-large eggs)
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
orange gel food coloring (optional)

  1. To make the macarons: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and ground almonds. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites with salt on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar. Add pumpkin pie spice and a small amount of food coloring if using. Continue to whip until stiff glossy peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the confectioners' sugar mixture until completely incorporated.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Fit a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch #4 round tip, and fill with batter. Pipe 1-inch disks onto prepared baking sheets (or ovals with stems for pumpkins), leaving 2 inches between cookies. The batter will spread a little. Let stand at room temperature until dry, and a soft skin forms on the tops of the macarons and the shiny surface turns dull, about 15 minutes.
  3. Bake, with the door of the oven slightly ajar, until the surface of the macarons is completely dry, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet to a wire rack and let the macarons cool completely on the baking sheet. Gently peel off the parchment. Their tops are easily crushed, so take care when removing the macarons from the parchment. Use immediately or store in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
Adapted from Martha Stewart

 Pumpkin Frosting Filling
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

Beat all ingredients  until smooth. 


51 comments:

  1. You should open up a macaron shop or do some catering...Just Sayin = )

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  2. I think you need to write a book about all these adorable creations. They are really special.

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  3. You are incredible!! How do you come up with this stuff seriously? Pinning it now! I pin all of your things lol!

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  4. o.m.g... you are so GOOD!

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  5. woooooooooooow.....looks fascinating n delicious..amazing job..:)
    Tasty Appetite

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  6. Oh my goodness, those are so cute!

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  7. These are amazingly adorable! I just bought a macaron recipe book and am dying to make some. Im going to print this recipe and insert it in my book!

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  8. Those are so adorable!

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  9. Not only are these some of the CUTEST (Did I say that about your Hello Kitty version too?:))macarons I have ever seen, they sound delicious too! If you ever teach a class on macaron making, I'm signing up! :)

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  10. Wow these are just gorgeous!

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  11. What a clever idea! So making macorons really isn't that daunting? I guess there's a first time for everything.. Maybe I should try Marta's recipe first, learn the basics, and then try to be creative like you. Yours look absolutely perfect and delicate!

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  12. Lamenting the fact that I am not your neighbor, so that I could come over and steal a few. These are beautiful!

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  13. wow. wow. wow. These are amazing. I love them!!!

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  14. These may be the cutest thing I ever saw.

    I love that you hand painted on the faces. Reminds me of projects I used to do with my mom when I was a kid.

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  15. I'm dying over the matched macarons and the pumpkin in your photo! Seriously Marina, you are amazing!

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  16. How adorable! Love it! :D

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  17. They look incredible. I have been dying to try making macaroons, but have been a bit nervous about it. You have given me the encouragement to have a go. Many thanks for your lovely comments, and I must say Pumpkin choolate chunk bread sounds rather fabulous! Have a great weekend, love Linda x

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  18. I love macarons. What a nice idea making them with the taste of pumpkins, I never had this so far.

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  19. Those are too cute! And I love the doorway decor.

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  20. Get OUT Marina! Those are just the cutest!

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  21. How amazing are these- how amazing are you to have the time to not only bake the cutest cookies (macaroons) ever but decorate them! I love it. Perfect for as a fall treat to land on someone's front door who has a blog that possibly starts with the letter K? Just saying!

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  22. These are amazing!
    Burlap bunting is on my to do list this weekend:)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  23. How cute are these?! I just adore these pumpkin macarons!! :)

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  24. Love Love LOVE these!!! Absolutely darling!

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  25. Wow you should market those macroons. Just wonderful. And the banner. Perfection!

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  26. Even thought I wasn't a pastry student at culinary school (I focused on savory instead of sweets) we did get a chance to make a few sweets, but nothing as charming as this. And I love the idea of using the brush - so clever. I've got to try this. Now! (I really did go, see: "Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood" - http://amzn.to/oqXw1R ). Cheers!

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  27. What an amazing post! Great job! I'm your newest follower ;) hope to see you around my place....I'm having a pleated poppy giveaway right now too!!

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  28. These look amazing! They are works of art!

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  29. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous, congratulations!!!

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  30. I featured these today! http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/10/i-am-having-one-of-those-days.html

    And I keep thinking about all the things I could eat that frosting with..like a spoon! LOL

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  31. These are the cutest ever! I wish I could get macarons to look this cute or just turn out!!

    xo

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  32. This is what I love the most about French macarons, they are so versatile in terms of decoration (and so good too!). Macarons are heaven for creative cooks.

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  33. Those macaroons are adorable...thanks for sharing!

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  34. Oh WOW! I love these. Absolutely beautiful. I just found your blog and I plan to stay awhile. I can't wait to look at some of your other creations! :)

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  35. It's Trick or Treat time again! I love your pumpkin macaroons. Thanks for the link to the Martha Stewart recipe too!

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  36. I have yet to try making macarons, but I really need to jump on board! Yours look so pretty.

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  37. These are the cutest macarons I have ever seen... ever! Adorable. I want a huge pile of them. I have yet to try macarons but I am definitely going to try them so I can make these.

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  38. These are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. So gorgeous/cute!! I have desperately been wanting to make macaroons at home...you may have just inspired me to do so!

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  40. jacksmom11:33 AM

    I love this idea!!! Any ideas or suggestions on macaroons to make for a circus-themed party???

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  41. absolutely love these!xx

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  42. These are absolutely adorable and very impressive!

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  43. wow! so challenging. I'm very impressed :)

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  44. They are absolutely adorable and cute. What a creative work you did.

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  45. These are so cute, Marina! Almost too adorable to eat :).

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  46. Hi there. May I ask you, do you oil or something your mat before pouring the batter?

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    1. Hi Maria, No, silicon mats and parchment paper are naturally nonstick. Adding oil may ruin the macarons and they need to bake on a dry surface.

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