How to make the perfect macarons
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How to make the perfect macarons

Introduction

French macarons are a delightful treat that many of us enjoy indulging in. These delicate, light-as-air pastries are not only delicious but also a true feast for the eyes. With their smooth round top, ruffled circumference (the “foot”), and flat base, they are an absolute joy to both make and eat. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to make these delightful pastries right in your own kitchen!

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 110 grams (approx. 1 cup) of powdered sugar
  • 60 grams (approx. 2/3 cup) of almond meal
  • 60 grams (approx. 2 large) egg whites, at room temperature
  • 30 grams (approx. 1/4 cup) of granulated sugar
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 120 grams (approx. 1/2 cup) of buttercream for filling

Directions

Follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and almond meal.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gradually add the granulated sugar and continue to whisk until stiff peaks form.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites and fold gently until the mixture is smooth and shiny.
  5. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix gently.
  6. Pipe the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, creating small circles.
  7. Let the macarons rest for 30 minutes to an hour, until a skin forms on the surface.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool completely before filling with buttercream.

Notes/Tips

  • Ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
  • Be careful not to overmix or undermix the batter.
  • The macarons are done baking when they can be easily lifted off the parchment paper.

Conclusion

With a little patience and practice, you can make delicious French macarons in your own kitchen. We hope this guide has been helpful and inspires you to try your hand at these delightful treats. Bon App├ętit!

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