Apple pie has always been one of my favorite pie fillings, but I mean, a pies a pie.
I wanted to take the idea of an apple pie and ice cream and update it into a more modern dessert.
French Macarons, are a meringue style cookie… not to be confused with Macaroons, a coconut based cookie… are all the rage in the pastry world right now.
These sandwich style cookies are made mainly using ground almonds folded into whipped meringue. Almonds are traditionally used because they are a dryer nut compared to others.
The key to a successful macaron is packing a punch and huge flavor into one bite, these walnut spiced macaron shells filled with cream cheese and apple pie filling definitely fit that bill!
To create this recipe I tested and retested the quantities and ratios until I came up with the perfect combination. For anyone who has every tried to make macarons knows EXACTLY finicky these little gems can be… and I have a mountain of 8 failed batches to prove it!
Not only is the ratio of ingredients extremely important but the drying time… yes drying time before baking is a HUGE deal with these cookies. They MUST rest long enough and form a skin on the top before baking.
When you touch the tops they should not be sticky/tacky. This is important so that when the macarons bake the tops don’t crack and you get a beautiful foot (rise) on the cookies.
This recipe is also a great balance and not overly sweet. The method used for my macarons is the Italian meringue style. This method is done by creating a sugar syrup used to stabilize the eggs (other methods you may have seen are Swiss, done by heating the whites and sugar over a double boiler.. and french style, done by whipping the whites and slowly adding the sugar) Either way you choose is up to you. This method I found to be the most successful and create an extremely stable base.
Enjoy the flavors along with the fruits of the seasons… hrmmm and I guess of your labor ;)… with these Apple pie inspired macarons.
Trust me, that bite is worth EVERY bit of the effort it takes to make them.