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Peach Macarons with Buttercream and Peach Puree Filling

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

Peach season is the best time of year to get beautifully sweet and juicy peaches. These Peach Macarons with buttercream and peach puree filling taste a lot like eating fresh peaches in a chewy almond sandwich cookie. The richness from the Italian Meringue Buttercream pairs perfectly with the fresh burst from the peach puree center.

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Macaron Shells
Peach Macaron Batter
Buttercream Filling
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (250g) of my Italian Meringue Buttercream recipe
  • 3 Tbsp – ⅓ cup (50-75g) of Peach Puree (to taste) – see ingredients below
Peach Puree
  • 4 large (baseball-sized) peaches to get approximately 5 cups of slices (907g without pits or skins)
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp (5g) tapioca flour
  • ⅛ tsp (1g) vanilla extract (optional)
Equipment
Peeling peaches

Begin by making an ice bath (i.e., a large bowl of water and ice). Set the bowl aside.

Peaches for peach puree

To peel peaches, bring a pot of water (e.g., medium saucepan) to boiling. Make sure there is enough water in the pot to cover the peaches. While the water is heating, use a knife to cut an “X” in the top and bottom of the peach. This will help release the skins from the peach flesh.

Gently place the peaches into the boiling water (I like to use a slotted spoon for this) and cook for 1 minute. Immediately remove the peaches from the pot with a slotted spoon and place the peaches in the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process.

Peeling Peaches for peach puree

Use a paring knife to remove the skins. It’s easiest to pull the peach skin starting at the corners of the “X”.

Peeling Peaches for peach puree
Macerating Peaches

Cut the peaches into small chunks and place into a medium-sized bowl. Pour the sugar and lemon juice over the peaches and mix to combine. Allow the peaches to macerate for 30 minutes.

Cooking Peach Puree

Pour the peach pieces and juice into a blender. Puree until smooth.

Pour the peach puree through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. This will strain out any “stringy” bits from the puree.

Add tapioca flour and cook the mixture over medium heat for approximately 30 minutes. Stir frequently using a whisk to ensure the mixture does not burn and the tapioca flour is broken up and completely incorporated.

Peach Puree

The peach puree should thicken2 and reduce to 1¾ cups.

Pour the peach puree into a container and cover with a piece of plastic wrap touching the surface to avoid a skin forming. Place in the fridge for a minimum of one hour (or up to 4 days).

Making Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream

Combine the Italian Meringue Buttercream with 3 Tbsp – ⅓ cup (50-75g) of peach puree (to taste). Mix until completely combined. Avoid adding more than 75g of peach puree because the buttercream will have a higher likelihood of curdling. If it curdles, it is due to too much liquid in the mixture. Just add a little more buttercream and mix thoroughly. It should smooth back out.

Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream made with Peach Puree

If you are looking for an easier version of this recipe, feel free to buy a good quality peach jam and use it in place of the peach puree.

Filling the Peach Macarons
Peach Macaron Shells (Orange Macaron Shells)

Place ¼ cup (80g) of peach puree into a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #3 piping tip.

Place the peach buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #18 piping tip.3

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

Flip half of the macaron shells upside down and pipe a ring of buttercream around the outside of the macaron (i.e., on the flat part of the cookie). 

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

Fill the center of the buttercream ring with peach puree.

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

Place the other half of the cookie on the filling and gently press to push the filling to the edge of the cookie. 

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

These cookies have an amazingly fresh peach flavor mixed with the rich and sweet peach buttercream.  As usual, these Peach Macarons have crispy shells with a soft and chewy interior. This is a wonderful sandwich cookie for summer.

Check out my Italian Meringue Macaron recipe for all of my tips and tricks to make the perfect macaron.

Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center
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Peach Macarons with Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream and Peach Puree Center

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French

Equipment

  • Silicone spatula
  • Paring knife
  • Medium saucepan
  • Bowls (large and medium)
  • Slotted spoon
  • Blender
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Piping bags
  • Piping tips (#3 and #18 Wilton tips)
  • Couplers

Ingredients

Macaron Shells

Buttercream Filling

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp (250g) of my Italian Meringue Buttercream recipe
  • 3 Tbsp – ⅓ cup (50-75g) of Peach Puree (to taste) – see ingredients below

Peach Puree

  • 4 large (baseball-sized) peaches to get approximately 5 cups of slices (907g without pits or skins)
  • 1 Tbsp (16g) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • tsp (5g) tapioca flour
  • tsp (1g) vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

Peeling Peaches

  • Begin by making an ice bath (i.e., a large bowl of water and ice). Set the bowl aside.
  • To peel peaches, bring a pot of water (e.g., medium saucepan) to boiling. Make sure there is enough water in the pot to cover the peaches. While the water is heating, use a knife to cut an “X” in the top and bottom of the peach. This will help release the skins from the peach flesh.
  • Gently place the peaches into the boiling water (I like to use a slotted spoon for this) and cook for 1 minute. Immediately remove the peaches from the pot with a slotted spoon and place the peaches in the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process.
  • Use a paring knife to remove the skins. It’s easiest to pull the peach skin starting at the corners of the “X”.

Macerating Peaches

  • Cut the peaches into small chunks and place into a medium-sized bowl. Pour the sugar and lemon juice over the peaches and mix to combine. Allow the peaches to macerate for 30 minutes.

Cooking Peach Puree

  • Pour the peach pieces and juice into a blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour the peach puree through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. This will strain out any “stringy” bits from the puree.
  • Add tapioca flour and cook the mixture over medium heat for approximately 30 minutes. Stir frequently using a whisk to ensure the mixture does not burn and the tapioca flour is broken up and completely incorporated.
  • The peach puree should thicken2 and reduce to 1¾ cups.
  • Pour the peach puree into a container and cover with a piece of plastic wrap touching the surface to avoid a skin forming. Place in the fridge for a minimum of one hour (or up to 4 days).

Making Peach Italian Meringue Buttercream

  • Combine the Italian Meringue Buttercream with 3 Tbsp – ⅓ cup (50-75g) of peach puree (to taste). Mix until completely combined. Avoid adding more than 75g of peach puree because the buttercream will have a higher likelihood of curdling. If it curdles, it's due to too much liquid in the mixture. Just add a little more buttercream and mix thoroughly. It should smooth back out.
  • If you're looking for an easier version of this recipe, feel free to buy a good quality peach jam and use it in place of the peach puree.

Filling the Peach Macarons

  • Place ¼ cup (80g) of peach puree into a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #3 piping tip.
  • Place the peach buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a coupler and a #18 piping tip.3
  • Flip half of the macaron shells upside down and pipe a ring of buttercream around the outside of the macaron (i.e., on the flat part of the cookie). 
  • Fill the center of the buttercream ring with peach puree.
  • Place the other half of the cookie on the filling and gently press to push the filling to the edge of the cookie.

Notes

  1. You might want to add a few more drops for a deeper color.  The color always fades a little when the meringue is folded into the flour mixture.  To get vibrant colored cookies, it is best to add powdered food coloring, which doesn’t change the moisture content of the macaron shells. 
  2. I used tapioca flour as the thickening agent in this recipe. You could also use cornstarch if you don’t have tapioca flour.  If using cornstarch, use half the tapioca flour amount (i.e., ¾ tsp or 2.5g cornstarch).  I tend to prefer the flavor of tapioca flour over cornstarch. You can typically find it in the gluten-free or health food aisle in the grocery store.
  3. If you don’t have piping tips, you can just cut the tip off the piping bag before piping. 
Notes
  1. You might want to add a few more drops for a deeper color.  The color always fades a little when the meringue is folded into the flour mixture.  To get vibrant colored cookies, it is best to add powdered food coloring, which doesn’t change the moisture content of the macaron shells.  (Back to “Macaron Shells” section)
  2. I used tapioca flour as the thickening agent in this recipe. You could also use cornstarch if you don’t have tapioca flour.  If using cornstarch, use half the tapioca flour amount (i.e., 2.5g cornstarch).  I tend to prefer the flavor of tapioca flour over cornstarch. You can typically find it in the gluten-free or health food aisle in the grocery store. (Back to “Cooking Peach Puree” section)
  3. If you don’t have piping tips, you can just cut the tip off the piping bag before piping.  (Back to “Filling the Peach Macarons” section)

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