Making macaroons easy

March 2015 047‘Macaroons made easy’, is that a joke I hear you say ? Actually not, after years of making macaroons, some that were passable and some that were a damn right failure, I have finally been introduced to a completely foolproof recipe. It has taken a couple of attempts to perfect it, but at least I know now where I have gone wrong previously, and hopefully how not to make the same mistakes again. Once mastered, if I can call it that, these little sandwiches of air and sweetness are remarkably easy to make and unbelievably cheap, unlike their stunning cousins from Lauduree. They make a brilliant present and needless to say the ‘little people’ inhale them. The pink one has already put in her order for her party! Being rather a novice, I have only really done a couple of flavours, once you get the taste for it I guess you can embark on a huge journey of discovery, but for now, plain old vanilla and chocolate will suffice.

Macaroons

Makes at least 20

70g egg whites (about 2 eggs but do weigh them) at room temperature

35g caster sugar

115g icing cugar

60g ground almonds

Food coloring

There are a few rules with macaroons. Follow them and they should work. Deviate, and they won’t.

Set a fan oven on to 125c. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

1. Weigh out the egg whites and the caster sugar and pop in a Kenwood with your chosen food coloring, I use ‘Sugarflair Colours’, to beat on full speed for 10 minutes.

2. While the egg whites are being beaten furiously, sieve together the ground almonds and icing sugar. Once will do but twice is even better.

3. Stop the beaters after 10 minutes and fold in the almond-icing sugar mix into the meringue. You will need to make about 50 folds. Count as you fold, you do not want your mix to be undermixed.

The first photo shows the almonds and sugar just beginning to be folded in, the photo below shows what the mix should look like after 50 folds. The top left is the macaroons pre-cooking and the shot below is having just been removed from the oven.

 4. Now you need to pipe the macaroons onto the baking sheets. Place a piping bag over a small jug and using a spatula transfer the macaroon mix into the piping bag. Pipe onto the trays  around ’10p/50p’ sized macaroons. I pipe down so the mix spreads from the middle as such, so they are probably 3/4mm in depth. Evenly pipe them out.

5. Now the important bit. The trays need to be bashed 3 times on a table to knock out the remaining air. Lift them to 15 cm above a table and drop 3 times, turn the tray completely around and do the same thing again.

6. Now they are ready to go in the oven. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

7. Remove and leave to cool. They should have developed little feet where they have risen very slightly.

8. Fill with buttercream or ganache depending on what you fancy.

 I use a classic buttercream filling, enriched with a tablespoon of cream cheese. In the pink ones I recently gave to Mummy I added a wee bit of lemon curd, quite delicious!

March 2015 044Chocolate Macaroons

If you want to make chocolate macaroons use 1oog of icing sugar and 15g of cocoa powder. Chocolate macaroons should be filled with a chocolate ganache.

Happy macaroon making and roll on the Easter holidays, end of term fever around here!

March 2015 048

 

About lardersaga

Joanna Preston is mother of the 'little people', 1 pink and 1 blue, and wife to saintly Mr.Patience! After a decade dedicated to cooking for others (Alps, Africa and founding 'Sugar & Spice') my attention is now solely in the home kitchen. We are a food obsessed family that adore growing, sourcing and cooking delectable feasts for friends and family!
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3 Responses to Making macaroons easy

  1. Sarah de Chair says:

    If you have not got a Kenwood but only hand beaters, how long do you recommend beating the mixture?!

    • lardersaga says:

      Honestly- I have only done it with a kenwood but don’t see why it would not work with hand beaters – same time – your arm just may get a bit tired!!

  2. I love macaroons, but have never made them. May have to give this a try!

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