FRENCH MACARONS FOR BEGINNERS

FRENCH MACARONS FOR BEGINNERS

Macarons are simply the ultimative finest and cutest little bites. Macaron is a French dessert based on merengue and almond flour which gives it a light, refined taste. Follow this step by step guide to make the world's finest little cookie and indulge your loved ones and yourself! 

FRENCH MACARONS FOR BEGINNERS

FRENCH MACARONS FOR BEGINNERS

  • Prep Time-45 minutes
  • Cook-time-15 minutes
  • Total Time:1 hour
  • Yield:40 shells or 20 macarons

Instructions

1. Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar or lemon juice until very soft peaks form.

2. Add slowly the sugar and beat until stiff glossy peaks form.

3. Add the gel food coloring and fold gently into the egg whites with a spatula.

4. Sift the almond flour and confectioners' sugar and mix.

5. Fold slowly the egg mixture into the almond flour and continue folding until it thins out and you can make a figure 8 and it sinks into the dough after about 10 seconds. Consistence is very important.

6. Spoon the macaron batter into a piping bag and pipe batter in about 1.5 inch rounds. I draw the circles on the baking paper to have a guide of the size. Let them sit out on the baking tray until the top is not sticky and forms a skin. This can take about 30-60 min depending on the humidity of the room.

7. Preheat the oven to 300 F / 150 C and bake for about 15-17 minutes or until the macaron shell is not wobbly and doesn't move around when touched. Let the shells cool completely on the baking sheet for about 15 min.

8. The shells are now ready to fill and sandwich together.

9. For the filling, I chose to make simple buttercream with lemon flavour. Whisk the butter for few minutes. Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix. With a piping bag, apply the buttercream. Voila!

Ingredients

FOR THE MACARON SHELLS

  • 100 g egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (or lemon juice)
  • 80 g confectioner' sugar
  • 1 drop gel food coloring
  • 125 g almond flour
  • 125 g confectioner' sugar

FOR THE BUTTERCREAM FILLING

  • 60 g butter
  • 120 g confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Notes

I hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones.

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