A classic macaron shell filled with a tequila lime buttercream; a delicious, lightly boozy treat!
Meeting the Chef: Michael Johnson
Meet Mike! He is a New York City-based baker, recipe developer, and food photographer who loves to create indulgent, over-the-top yet approachable dessert recipes. Follow along for recipes designed to satisfy any sweet-tooth!
Domino® Golden Sugar
Domino® Golden Sugar, the less-processed sugar you can use more freely in all your favorite foods. Made from pure cane sugar, it works cup-for-cup just like white sugar, but has a beautiful golden color and a distinct hint of molasses flavor.
For the Macarons (*grams should be used for the best results*):
- 3.5 oz (100 grams) Egg whites (approx. 3 large eggs), room temperature 3.5 oz (100 grams) Egg whites (approx. 3 large eggs), room temperature
- Domino® Golden Sugar 3.5 oz (100 grams) 3.5 oz (100 grams) Domino® Golden Sugar
- 4.2 oz (120 grams) Almond flour 4.2 oz (120 grams) Almond flour
- Domino® Confectioners Sugar 4.2 oz (120 grams) 4.2 oz (120 grams) Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- Green gel food coloring (optional) Green gel food coloring (optional)
For the Tequila Lime Buttercream Filling:
- 1/4 cup (55 grams) Unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup (55 grams) Unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp Lime zest 1 tsp Lime zest
- Domino® Confectioners Sugar 2 cups (240 grams) 2 cups (240 grams) Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- 1½ tbsp (22 grams) tequila 1½ tbsp (22 grams) tequila
- 2 tsp (10 grams) Lime juice 2 tsp (10 grams) Lime juice
- Pinch of salt Pinch of salt
To Make the Macarons
In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour and confectioners sugar, then set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Continue to beat until your whisk begins leaving visible trails in the foamy egg whites.
Once you can see trails, gradually add the Domino® Golden Sugar, increase the mixer speed, and whip on medium-high until the meringue forms soft peaks. Add the green gel food coloring, if using, then beat on high until stiff peaks form. (Be sure not to over-whip your egg whites otherwise you risk drying them out.)
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer, add the dry ingredients to the meringue and fold with a rubber spatula from the bottom of the bowl upward then press the flat side of your spatula through the middle against the side of the bowl. (The batter will look very thick at first, but it will get thinner as you fold.) Continue folding until the batter gets to a lava-like consistency.
Pro Tip: The figure 8 test is a great way to check your batter’s consistency; pick up the batter with your spatula and let it flow down into the bowl while drawing the figure “8”. If it can do that without the batter breaking, immediately stop folding.
Transfer the batter into a large pastry bag with a medium-sized plain round tip. Holding the piping bag at a 90 ̊angle to the surface, pipe out the batter into 1.5-inch rounds about an inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Feel free to print out or make a macaron template if you’re worried about size/uniformity).
Holding the baking sheet with both hands, carefully bang the sheet firmly on the counter a few times to get rid of any air bubbles, then sprinkle the shells with a tiny amount of sea salt.
Repeat the piping and banging process until you have used up all the batter (usually about two sheet pans worth.)
Let the macarons rest and dry for 30 minutes or until a skin has developed before baking; on a humid day, it might take an hour or more. To see if it is ready to be baked, lightly touch it. If the batter doesn’t stick to your finger, then it’s ready.
While the macarons are resting, preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C) and position the oven rack in the center of the oven.
Bake the macarons, one tray at a time, for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through the baking process.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes before peeling off the parchment paper and cooling completely on a wire rack. (If the bottoms are a tiny bit sticky, keep them on the tray to cool off for an additional 10-15 minutes. If, however, the bottoms are already brown, they peel off cleanly, or they appear over-baked, then carefully take them off the tray immediately to cool down.) Repeat the baking process with the remaining sheet pans.
Pro Tip: It’s always better to over- rather than under-bake your macarons as the maturation process can typically salvage ones that are over-baked.
To Make the Tequila Lime Buttercream Filling:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and lime zest on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Add the confectioners sugar, tequila, and lime juice and beat until well combined. Add a pinch of salt, turn mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the mixture for an additional 3-5 minutes until the buttercream is fluffy. If needed, add in a little more lime juice 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If buttercream is too runny, add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
Transfer the tequila lime buttercream into a pastry bag. Pair each macaron shell with another of a similar size and then fill the macarons, gently sandwiching together. Store the filled macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days and bring back to room temperature before enjoying.
Macarons are best enjoyed the next day after they mature in the fridge (since the flavors will be absorbed into the shell). If your shell is hard/crunchy/over-baked, letting them mature will also cause the shells to absorb the moisture from the filling and soften up / give them their signature chewy texture.