Welcome to The White Whisk! It’s officially September and that means it’s finally socially acceptable to celebrate PUMPKIN SEASON. This last week I did a series on Instagram of 5 different Textured Pumpkin Macaron Designs that I wanted to share with you here on the blog as well!
I’ll keep it short and sweet! All of these macaron designs require the no macaronage method. Nicole of Bake Toujours was the first baker I saw experiment with this fun method and it’s been a blast experimenting with different ways to implement it!
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If you need a macaron recipe to get started or just want to brush up on the process, head over to my Basic French Macaron recipe! But remember, the key difference in these pumpkin macarons is that you do NOT continue folding until the batter is flowing. You ONLY fold the dry ingredients into the meringue until they are just combined.
The result of skipping the macaronage is a batter that is much stiffer and retains it’s shape! It also tends to require more rest time (and maybe a pinch extra bake time) if you are piping designs with more crevices. If you want to balance your macaron texture out to have more of the traditional macaron bite, you can fully macaronage half of the batter and pipe the back shell in the traditional consistency.
To create these orange shades, I used equal parts Wilton Orange and Wilton Brown! The brown batter had a higher ratio of the Wilton Brown.
That being said, let’s get into the designs! All of these were pretty easy to pipe just using a circle template for reference!
1. Wilton #21 Pumpkin Macarons
Pumpkin Design one is piped with a Wilton #21 and then a #4 for the stem. Make sure to rest these pumpkins until ALL of the cracks have dried and formed a non tacky skin to avoid cracking during baking!
2. Wilton #103 Pumpkin Macarons
Design #2 features a ruffled pumpkin texture created with a Wilton #103 and a #4 for the stem. Easy peasy!
3. Wilton #32 Pumpkin Macarons
Pumpkin Texture Design #3 uses a Wilton #32 thicker piping tip with finer texture lines, and a #4 for the stem. Again, with all the crevices, make sure to properly dry/rest your piped macarons to prevent cracks in the oven!
4. Boucle Textured Pumpkin Macarons
Before you come at me…I am WELL aware what this design looks like in the process. Especially with the brown color. You can thank the brutally honest people of Tik Tok for bringing that to my attention and keeping me humble! Noted for next time to choose a different color when piping certain shapes and textures…Stick around til the end to see the finished result!
10 Gold Stars for you if you hung in there to see the finished product! This roughed up texture was inspired by the boucle fabric that is so trendy right now, but it could also translate as a knobby pumpkin as well! Pipe the base of the pumpkin with a Wilton #10 and the curly stem with a #4. A few minutes after piping, go back with a scribe tool or something similar and poke the surface to rough it up!
5. White Washed Pumpkin Macarons
The final design features a White Wash finish on rustic gourds! Pipe gourds in organic shapes with a Wilton #10 tip and a #4 for the stem. After baking, dry brush white food coloring to the desired coverage to create the white wash effect.
And that’s a wrap! I’d love to hear how it goes if you give any of these designs a try or if you have any questions. Happy Baking!