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toffee apple macarons

Toffee Apple Macarons

Aimee Field
These toffee apple macarons are the perfect treat for Autumn! Crisp chewy shells, sweet & salty caramel buttercream and spiced apple compote. So delicious and so fancy!!
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 19 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 49 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 30 Macarons



  • 275 g caster sugar
  • 100 ml water
  • 95 g egg whites approx. 3 large eggs


  • 275 g ground almonds
  • 275 g icing sugar
  • 95 g egg whites approx. 3 large eggs
  • green food colouring

Apple Compote

  • 3 medium royal gala apples can also use Jazz or Braeburn apples
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 30 g caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Salted Caramel Buttercream

  • 100 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 80 g salted caramel sauce


  • For the meringue: Firstly, preheat the oven to 145C/120C Fan/Gas Mark 1. In a large bowl, fitted to a stand mixer, add the 95g egg whites. Then mix together the caster sugar and water in a small saucepan, then place over a high heat and bring to the boil. Using a sugar thermometer check the temperature of the sugar syrup. Once this has reached 110C, start whisking the egg whites on a medium speed until they’ve reached soft peaks. Once the sugar syrup has reached 120C (and the egg whites are at soft peaks), take off the heat and pour the syrup down the side of the bowl being careful not to splash yourself. Then whisk on full speed for 5 minutes, until the meringue is glossy and thick, and the bowl is lukewarm to touch.
  • For the paste: Whilst the meringue is whisking, blend together the ground almonds and icing sugar in a food processor until fine. Then sieve twice into a large bowl and discard any chunks. Add the 95g egg whites and combine thoroughly by hand. Then add your food colouring in – noting that the colour will get lighter once you add the meringue.
  • Then add the meringue in three stages:
    1st stage – fold one third in fairly vigorously, until well combined.
    2nd stage – fold the second third in gently.
    3rd stage – fold the final third in very gently.
    Then add the mixture to a piping bag and snip off the end to create a 1cm wide hole. Line a large baking tray with baking paper, and pipe circles roughly 3-4cm wide with a 2cm gap between each. Then heavily drop the baking tray 3 times onto your work surface to remove any air bubbles and bake immediately for 19 minutes. Leave to cool on the trays for 5 minutes, before sliding the baking paper onto a cooling rack. Once the shells are almost finished baking, pipe your next tray ready to put into the oven. Continue this process until all the mixture is used - you will need to pipe 60 shells to create 30 macarons. Then set all aside to cool.
  • For the apple compote: Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks and place into a saucepan. Then add the butter, water, caster sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon juice and stir to combine. Place over a medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, breaking up the apples as they start to soften. Keep cooking until the apples start to caramelise, then take off the heat. Discard the cinnamon stick, then mash the apples until they are completely broken down. Then spread onto a plate to cool and set aside.
  • For the buttercream: Place the butter into a medium bowl and beat using an electric hand-whisk until lightened in colour and creamy. Then add the icing sugar and beat on a low speed until combined. Then increase the speed and beat until light and fluffy. Finally, mix in the salted caramel sauce until well combined. Then place into a piping bag.
  • To assemble: Pipe a ring of buttercream around the outer edge of half of the macaron shells, then fill the holes with the apple compote. Finally, sandwich with the remaining macaron shells.


Macarons are best served a few hours after making.
Macarons can be kept in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Macarons can be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Macaron shells can be frozen in an air-tight container for up to one month, before being filled. 
Apple compote can be made up to 2 days in advance, and kept in the fridge until used.
Salted caramel buttercream can be made up to one week in advance, and kept in the fridge until used. Whip the buttercream briefly before using. 
Keyword american buttercream, caramel, macarons, spiced apple