Pink Peppercorn Macarons with Strawberry Sorbet

This was the recipe I had planned to make while Shuna from Eggbeater was here in Florida visiting her family. As soon as I read in her blog that she was coming, I contacted her and asked her if she would like to join me in my kitchen for a baking session. All I could think about were the beautiful photos that would come out of that encounter. I always feel sort of lonely in the kitchen. I like company and often times I wish I had a photographer buddy that could accompany me in my experiments. I couldn’t wait to meet Shuna. I love her blog… she makes me think. So Shuna kindly responded to my email and we agreed to meet on a Friday morning at my house.

But Thursday night, life took a turn, my son got sick and we were never able to meet and bake. I was really looking forward to it and felt very disappointed but it was nobody’s fault. We did meet later that weekend but no baking was involved. Just great conversation and the best sweet kugel I have ever had.

I came up with the idea of pink peppercorn macarons while walking by the meat counter at Whole Foods. It had been a long time since I had thought about or cooked with pink macarons but as soon as I laid eyes on the little jar, I remembered their slightly sweet and spicy aroma. Perfect, I thought, I will fill them with strawberry sorbet. Remember my post for strawberries and pepper? That’s where the inspiration came again.

The smell that came out of the oven while the macarons were baking was incredible. I couldn’t wait for them to cool down enough to try them. I tried one by itself and it was perfect. Sweet, crunch, chewy but a little spicy kick at the end. Subtle.


Pink Peppercorn Macarons

180 grams almond flour
240 grams powdered sugar
140 grams organic egg whites, aged
3 grams egg white powder
2 grams fine sea salt
80 grams sugar
a few drops of all natural red food coloring
Pink peppercorns, ground

Make sure that the egg whites have been separated from the egg yolks the night before. This bit of aging really makes a difference in the macaroons.

In a large bowl, sift together the almond flour, powdered sugar and sea salt. Set aside.

Whip the egg whites with the egg white powder until very fluffy, almost fully whipped. Start adding the vanilla sugar slowly while whipping. Whip to stiff peaks but not too much or the meringue will dry out. We want semi soft “ripples” still in the meringue. Add as much food coloring to the meringue as you like. I tend to like soft colors but some prefer really vibrant ones.

Add the meringue to the almond flour mixture and fold with a spatula until a shiny mass forms. We want to achieve a batter that makes ribbons. You might have to test it to see if it’s done. Pipe a small amount on your sheetpan. If it keeps a little bit of a top when piped, then you have to mix it a bit further, if it spreads really fast, you have gone too far and your macaroons will turn out flat.

When you have the right consistency, place the mass in a pastry bag with a number 5 tip and pipe small rounds onto sheetpans lined with parchment or silpat. While the tops are still wet, sprinkle the ground pink peppercorns on top. Let them dry at room temperature for at least 45 minutes to an hour.

Have the oven preheated to 350 degrees. Place one sheetpan in the oven at a time and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes and rotate sheetpan and bake for another 10 minutes. Test to see if they are done by picking one up and seing if it still sticks to the paper or not.

Strawberry Sorbet

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberry puree (I didn’t strain it)
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 water

Make a syrup with the water and the sugar by quickly boiling it until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat right away. Let the syrup cool in the refrigerator. Add the strawberry puree and the lemon juice and churn in ice cream machine. Freeze.


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48 Responses to “Pink Peppercorn Macarons with Strawberry Sorbet”

  1. Y says:

    That does it. I really have to make macarons some time. Your posts are making me hungry!

  2. Amy says:

    Just beautiful! Love the idea of filling them with the strawberry sorbet.

  3. I’m going to make those for sure! I’ve been interested in pink peppercorns, too. What a fabulous combination of flavors! YUM.

  4. Sounds great and looks gorgeous! I have to face the music sometime and just make these. They sound so daunting. Your came out beautiful!!

  5. mimi says:

    love sorbet, these macarons just look wonderful with it; the icy sorbet with the glossy macaron tops, really pretty! i’m sure very delish as well!

  6. Eileen says:

    Aran, I am constantly amazed by your creations. It looks great!

    Eileen (passions to pastry)
    http://www.livingtastefully.com

  7. Shari says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about macarons lately, and yours look amazing. I like the idea of strawberries and pink peppercorns. Great post, beautiful pictures as always!

  8. nadia says:

    Gorgeous! I completely agree with what Eileen said!
    (I think you take wonderful photographs-but would love to play photographer to your creations one day!

  9. Peabody says:

    If I ever go to Florida…I’m going to your kitchen! :)
    Those look beautiful and sorbet is a great touch.

  10. Those look lovely! I am just in the process of making Strawberry Sorbet…can’t wait for a bite! Well, if I’m ever in Florida I’m definitely planning on stopping by for a baking adventure too…it just sounds like way too much fun!

  11. Esti says:

    I can’t cook or make pastry for that matter, but your blog pictures have filled my Basque heart.
    Zorionak eta ondo ibili!

  12. Candace says:

    Ooooh… I soooo want to come to your kitchen!!! Maybe I can find the time to venture “up north” one day :)

  13. Bakerette says:

    I just posted my green tea macarons today and then saw your post! Your flavor combination is so creative, and I was so proud of mine till I saw yours…

  14. Candace says:

    Definitely girly! My hubby’s biz slows down in the dead of summer. I’ll have much more free time then… Lets do it! :)

  15. Kudos on doing both so brilliantly, Aran.
    Those are beautiful.

  16. Veron says:

    these looks gorgeous! I like macarons and sorbet together!

  17. Mrs.French says:

    Perfection…to look at and to taste…wait a minute, I don’t get to taste one. :(

  18. those are some beautiful macarons! i love strawberries and pink pepper together…a few years ago when i first started with the gilded fork, i did strawberries macerated in pink pepper with a champange sabayon. YUM! so sorry your son got sick, but i hope he’s feeling much much better now!

  19. These are so lovely. I just made violet macaroons, but mine were not nearly as lovely.

  20. These look so lovely, Aran! I have a jar of pink peppercorns in my pantry. I bought them, but had no idea what to do with them. If I can muster up the courage to try making macarons, I will try these. I love the color and flavor combination!

  21. Wow this is so creative! The combination of flavors, textures and temperatures sounds fantastic.

  22. cookworm says:

    I made macarons this weekend, too! Yours look so beautiful – I just love pink peppercorns.

  23. Aran, those are lovely – that’s getting to be a cliche, but no other words! I have something I know you deserve truly at my blog here -
    http://tumyumtreats.blogspot.com/2008/04/i-opened-mail-as-soon-as-i-returned.html

    Please pick it up!

  24. OK – my wife (Cicada Daydream blog) forwarded me the link to your blog and she said “Andrew you have to see this woman’s photograph’s! They are amazing!” My wife has impeccable taste – she is absolutely right! As an artist/educator these photographs are, dare I say, delicious! I am convinced that you could shoot a prune and it would be gorgeous. Great color, composition and of course great subject matter. What a talented eye! All the best in your delectable endeavors.

    Andrew
    bencsko3aj@mindspring.com

  25. the feet on your macaroons are so perfect…i’m overwhelmed.

    i just did a strawberry shortcake with pepper last week and it was delicious, so i’m sure this is equally awesome.

    actually, you’ve given me an idea for the next SHF…

  26. Cakespy says:

    These are just about the happiest and cutest little burger-cookies I have ever seen! And while pink and peppercorn have never been associated in my vocabulary before, judging by this recipe, things are about to change!

  27. Nan says:

    Holy cow, these are GORGEOUS. Beautiful idea and execution!

  28. linda says:

    Exciting macaron! They look so pretty too.
    Have lots of pink peppercorns lying around, still thinking how I should use them…

  29. Bakerette says:

    Hi Aran, I just added you to my list of favs on my blog. Hope you don’t mind :) Thanks again for the encouragement, sometimes i feel like giving up blogging all together but it’s blogs like yours that keep me going and give me inspiration..

  30. nicisme says:

    Aran – your macarons are so beautiful! What size are they across? I’m wondering if I make mine a little too big. Great photos too.

  31. C.L. says:

    Aran,
    you area hero! What more can I say?

    Carrie

  32. Suzana says:

    So adorable, Aran! I’ve had strawberries with peppercorns and honey last weekend – it tastes yummy!

  33. chriesi says:

    Breathtaking! I am going to try your recepie, if I dare. :)

  34. Mandy says:

    I am intrigued by the spicy kick in the macaron shells. One day when I pluck up enough courage to tackle macarons, this will be on my “to bake list”.

  35. monica says:

    So lovely, your macarons are realy beautiful, you got me inspired.

  36. RecipeGirl says:

    What an interesting idea. I love peppery flavor in baked products. Is it tough to take a bite of that w/ the sorbet inside?

  37. Aran says:

    thank you everyone for your comments. someone else asked me about this Recipe Girl… the macarons are about an inch in diameter and the sorbet scoop is tiny tiny so they are a one bite morsel!

  38. Bakerette says:

    Aran, I am totally overwhelmed by the comment you left today. I totally understand what you mean by finding your own voice and not doing things to impress people but doing it to satisfy yourself first. We spend so much time pleasing others. So yes the answer to your question is definately satisfies me. I love doing it even if noone is impressed so I guess this means I’ll keep going because it’s the one thing I truly do for myself. I was never one to conform but sometimes we have doubts, it does take time and effort to keep the blog up and so in the lows I find myself asking ‘what for’. But the highs keep me going and one definitive high is that comment you left, so thanks :)

  39. francesca says:

    You had really an original idea, I would like to try this recipe because I think that the taste will be so amazing. Anyway there are many recipes that look gorgeous and the photos too!

  40. PheMom says:

    Oh – how seriously pretty is that! Great work!

  41. LyB says:

    I love the color and the little specks of pepper, very pretty!

  42. Cakelaw says:

    Wowee – the look spectacular! Pretty and tasty at the same time.

  43. Another mouth watering recipe…. especially the sorbet…. I should really try making this once!

  44. Just thought I should let you know that there is a macaroon party on here
    http://ecupcake.blogspot.com/2008/04/mad-for-macarons-in-may.html
    Yours would look good in it.

  45. im-full says:

    Hi Arun,
    Thank you for your great post on macarons!
    Quick question, when using a fan forced convection oven would you need to reduce the temperature down by 20F than what is required?
    Will this affect the outcome?
    Thank you for your advice!

    Yohann

  46. Aran says:

    Im full- when using a convection oven, always lower the temperature about 25F. i have never used the convection to bake macs so not sure what the outcome will be. all ovens are different and it might take a couple of trial and error batches to achieve the right results. thanks!

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