Part five of the strawberry theme is a really delightful treat, but it takes a bit more time to make since it is filled with two different fillings: a cream cheese filling, and a strawberry jam. Let the macarons stay a day in the fridge, and the flavors will get mixed together. You will not regret it!
1 batch macarons made from the base recipe
Cream cheese filling
– 50 g (1/4 cup) cream cheese
– 25 g (1 1/2 tablespoons) butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
– 125 g (1 cup) icing sugar
– 100 g (2/3 cup) strawberries
– 20 g (6 tablespoons) sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon gelatin powder (or pectin)
Follow the base recipe to make the macarons. Add pink or red food coloring to the mixture, while beating the egg whites. Add concentrated coloring for the best result. Bake and cool the macarons.
For the cream cheese filling, melt the butter and allow it to cool. Whisk together all the ingredients until a smooth cream, and set it aside to cool.
For the strawberry jam, mix strawberries, sugar and lemon, and mash it with a fork. For best results, use a hand mixer and blend until you get a smooth puree. Put the mixture in a saucepan, and bring it to a boil. Let it cook for a couple of minutes, so that some of the water in the berries evaporates. Put gelatin powder in a bowl with 1-2 tablespoons lukewarm water. Mix, and let the gelatin swell slightly. Remove the pan from the heat and add the gelatin mixture. (You can use pectin instead of gelatin. Read on the package how much to use.) Stir well and leave to cool.
When the jam has thickened (after some time in the fridge), you can start sandwich the macarons. Take the two fillings in separate piping bags. Turn a macaron upside down, pipe a ring of cream cheese filling on it, and fill the ring with a dot of the jam. Press the bottom of another macaron on top of it, and place the macarons in the fridge.
Then try to be patient. The macarons are twice as good after a day in the refrigerator. If you freeze them, and thaw them another day, the flavors will also set.
Place the macarons on a serving platter, serve them and enjoy!