How not to make macarons.

Hi everyone! How are you ? Today i decided to make macarons, a french cookie type thing that costs a fortune to buy, looks gorgeous and tastes amazing! They are also extremely hard to make.. So here is the recipe I used, as well the mistakes I made, so that you can give it a go, and do those things right, you will hopefully have a little more success! If yours end up like mine, you need to know that they till taste great even if they are not quite as gorgeous as Maison Ladurée macarons.

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First of all, I researched how to make these babies, I watched about 5 Youtube tutorials and read at least a dozen recipes. Then dug down deep into my (former-chef) mothers recipe book and found a recipe that I decided to trust as it had worked in the past.

Here is that famous recipe, along with the things I did wrong.

Ingredients : IMG_7772.jpg

  • 4 egg whites at room temperature.
  • Food colouring
  • 300g of icing sugar
  • 140g of ground almonds
  • Liquid vanilla extracts
  • Raspberry jam for the filling.

 

Method : Preheat oven to 160° C on fan.

This must be followed perfectly or they will not work. 

  • Whisk your egg whites until peaks form. Add the icing sugar slowly, one tbsp at a time. Then add your food colouring, and vanilla extracts. Whisk until it forms glossy, thick peaks.
  • Next gently fold in the almonds. This is where I went wrong, folded to much and they didn’t rise because there was less air in them.. At this point the consistency of the mix shouldn’t have changed that much.
  • Now you are going to lay them on a tray, with baking paper on. Make sure the trays are not hot.

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On one of the tutorials I watched it said to leave them out for 20 minutes, and to bang the tray on a flat surface to make any air bubbles rise and pop at the surface. I think if i hadn’t of done that, these would have been a huge disaster !

  • Now put them in the oven for 20 minutes, I put the second batch in for less, because the first ones went golden. I suggest you put them in for about 14 minutes, make sure the tops look a bit hard but smooth, and hopefully for you they will be a bit  more plump..
  • Take them out and leave them to cool completely before trying to take them off the sheet. When they are cool, remove them very gently with a knife or spatula.

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  • Now put them in pairs according to size and spread jam on one half, and make a sandwich with the other half. Sounds pretty easy but yeah..

 

Good look to you! I am off to eat my not so pretty but delicious macarons, have a great day, and don’t forget to tell me about your experiences and if you liked this post!

Thea xx.

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