Chocolate and salted peanut butter macarons in a lovely box. Full recipe & tutorial (in German) at http://la-petite-cuisine.blogspot.it/2012/04/post-ist-da-chocolate-and-salted.html
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Here is a lovely recipe for Pistachio Macarons (makes approximately 24-30 cookies, depending on the size)
225g powdered sugar
60g almonds (I use blanched, slivered almonds)
65g pistachios (de-shelled and removed of papery skins)
100 grams egg whites (about 3)
25g granulated sugar, with 3 drops of green food coloring mixed in thoroughly and dried for at least 10 minutes
Start by putting the almonds and pistachios in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until very finely chopped. Add in the powdered sugar and give it a few pulses to combine. Set aside.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer (or you can use an electric mixer), beat egg whites to a foam. It should resemble bubble bath at this point. With the mixer still running, slowly add the green tinted granulated sugar and continue beating just until smooth and stiff peaks have formed. Check it often so you don’t over mix. You want to stop right at the beginning of the stiff peak stage.
Add the almond mixture to egg whites and carefully incorporate with a spatula. You want the mixture to be thick enough to pipe, but thin enough that it won’t form peaks when piped. I suggest testing the batter by spooning out a small amount on a plate and checking that the batter “melts” into itself. If it doesn’t, give it a few more strokes and try it again.
Place macaron batter into a piping bag fit with a large, round tip and pipe small circles (about 1 inch to 1 ½ inches in diameter) onto your prepared baking sheets. Let macarons rest for at least 45 minutes to an hour, or until a hard shell has developed on the top. You can test this by carefully brushing your finger over a macaron. If it feels dry, you’re ready to go. If not, give it another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 300F.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, one baking sheet at a time. Let cool completely before filling.
White Chocolate Whipped Ganache
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 oz chopped white chocolate (chips work fine here)
In a small saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Pour hot cream over the white chocolate and let sit for 20 seconds. Stir to combine until smooth. Place ganache in the refrigerator until thickened, but still semi-pourable. Make sure to stir a few times during the process so the ganache is a uniform consistency throughout. Using an electric mixer, whip ganache until it is a thick, but pipeable consistency. Place ganache into a piping bag and pipe a small circle onto one macaron shell. Top it with a similar sized shell and squeeze together carefully.
Keep macarons in the refrigerator. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature before serving.