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Chocolate, Lemon and Lemon Thyme Petit Macaron

These small macarons with a generous amount of filling are true classics. This easy recipe celebrates the refreshing combination of chocolate, lemon and lemon thyme.

15-30 minutes

Lindt Excellence Extra Silky

Ambitious

Ingredients

Filling

  • 100g Crème Fraîche 
  • 1 Lemon, Zest 
  • 150g Lindt Excellence Extra Silky White, chopped 
  • 13ml Lemon juice (about 1 tbsp)
  • 13g Butter, unsalted
  • 2 twigs of fresh Lemon Thyme 

Macaron

  • 90g Icing sugar, pure 
  • 75g Almond meal 
  • 8g Cocoa powder 
  • 2each Egg whites

Best prepare the filling a day in advance and allow to set overnight at room temperature.

Directions

  • 1

    For the filling

    • Bring the Crème Fraîche to a gentle boil along with the lemon zest and half the Lemon Thyme to infuse.

  • 2

    Remove

    • The Lemon Thyme and add the chocolate.

      Create a smooth ganache using a stick blender.

  • 3

    Incorporate

    • The lemon juice and butter.

      Mix to smooth. 

  • 4

    Add

    • The picked leaves of the remaining Lemon Thyme and briefly blitz to chop the leaves without making them too small.

  • 5

    Cover

    • Directly with cling film and allow to sit at room temperature overnight.

  • 6

    For the Macarons

    • Combine the icing sugar, almond meal and cocoa in a food processor and mix until smooth.

  • 7

    Sift

    • The mixture into a bowl.

  • 8

    Make

    • A firm meringue with the egg whites and the sugar.

  • 9

    Fold

    • The meringue into the almond meal mixture and slightly work the batter with a spatula until mixture begins to soften.

      When the mixture falls slowly off the spatula, the mixture is the right consistency.

  • 10

    Using

    • A round piping nozzle, pipe around 2.5cm macarons.

      Lightly tap the tray on the bench and allow to rest for 1 hour to form a crust on the surface.

      This will ensure the macaron get little ‘feet’ once baked.

  • 11

    Bake

    • At 150°C for around 12 minutes. (Overcooking them will make the shell crisp)

  • 12

    Once cooled

    • Fill generously with the filling and sandwich together.

  • 13

    The macarons

    • Are especially delicious when left in the fridge overnight when the shell softens by the filling, making it the true delight it is famous for.

Reviews

EXCELLENCE Extra Silky White

EXCELLENCE Extra Silky White

A luxuriously smooth and creamy texture blended with a hint of Madagascan Vanilla that delivers the ultimate white chocolate experience for all of your senses.