You’re looking at a box of colorful macarons on a park bench. They didn’t come from a fancy shop. Mais non, I made them. In Paris. And I may never make them again. They are as fussy to make as you might imagine, and now I know why they cost nearly $4 each at the Lâdurée store in New York.
(recipe from Cook’n With Class)
printable recipe hereMaking the macaron shells
300g/10oz 300g/10oz 110g/4.5oz == 300g/10oz 75g/ 2.5oz 110g/4.5oz
sugar 10X (also called powdered or icing sugar) liquified egg whites
plain white sugar (not powdered) bottled water
liquified egg whites
- Strain the egg whites, weigh as indicated in each recipe and separate in two bowls.
- Weigh almond meal and powdered sugar separately, then sift them together. This is important! Repeat this twice. Do not add any
large bits of almond powder. Weigh and replace this with same amount of fine almond meal.
- Pour one quantity of egg whites (110g) in the sugar-almond mix, do not mix.
- Weigh the sugar (plain white, not powdered) and water for the syrup.
- Put water and then sugar in a small pot, cook on medium heat until temperature reaches 110°C (230F). At this point start
whipping the second bowl of egg whites (second quantity of egg whites – 110g).
- When the syrup reaches 115°C (239F) carefully pour it onto the whipping whites and keep going at high speed for about 1 minute.
- Reduce the speed of the mixer and keep whipping until the mixture reaches 50°C (122F)
- Mix the meringue into the sugar/almond/eggs mixture until the mix starts to be shiny. Don’t worry about saving the volume of the meringue, it is supposed to deflate at this stage. When shiny it is then ready.
- Mix the food colouring into the mixture. Use either powdered or gel food colouring but not liquid.
- Fill a pastry bag fitted with a round tip and pipe rounds on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Tap gently the cookie sheet on the table lined with a towel to remove piping imperfections. Do this only if you have imperfections
(i.e. bumps) in your piped macaron.
- Preheat the oven at 150°C (300F)
- Leave the piped macarons at room temperature for about 30 minutes or until the macaron has formed a ‘skin’.
- Total cooking time is approximately 12 minutes. Open the oven quickly to let moisture escape after 8 and then after 10 minutes of
the baking process or leave the oven door ajar with the help of a spoon.
- When ready, slide the parchment paper off the cookie sheet and onto a cold surface (marble, steel, glass etc.) to stop the
cooking. Let the macarons cool, then detach them from the paper one by one.
Top tips• •
Use egg whites which have been stored in a jar/container for a couple of days or better for one week.Fillings:
250g fresh or frozen raspberries
50g lemon juice
Purée the berries for several minutes until the seeds are broken and
almost entirely puréed. Put the purée, sugar and pectin in a pot, bring
to a boil. Stir and boil for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add
lemon juice, mix. Let the jam cool on large dish in the refrigerator
before filling a pastry bag to pipe the fillng in the macarons.
Pectin’s strength can vary, use more if you find the jam too runny to
a heavy pinch of fleur de sel
unsalted butter at room temperature.
Pinch of fleur de sel or heavy sea salt
Shake the pan instead of using a spoon to stir it. When the sugar is a
dark amber colour carefully add the cream and salt. Cook until the
temperature reaches 108°C (226°F). At this point pour into a dish and
let it cool in the fridge with a film covering the bowl. Whip the butter
until fluffy, then incorporate the cold caramel. Transfer to a piping bag
and fill the macarons.
high quality white chocolate
Boil cream and pistachio. Then pour over chopped chocolate.
Let it sit a couple of minutes, then stir well and when
homogeneous incorporate the almond meal. Cool in the fridge
before using it.
They look beautiful! Well done.
I make macarons from time to time…
These are tres beautiful!
(I am giggling at the name "Cook'n with Class!").
What an experience to be in France learning how to make macarons,(even though they came from Italy, cough cough) but I don't think I would ever make them at home though, way too tedious for me, I'd be pulling my hair out, but I do love to eat them on occasion, love the colors and different varieties.
Nothing else gives me the sense of accomplishment that I get when I take a sheet of macarons out of the oven and they have a nice domed top and proper little feet. I'm happy to know about this school. My daughter and I will be in Paris this spring and I would love to enroll us in a cooking class. Your macs are beautiful, Linda. Well done.
I'm *really* impressed that you made these by hand! It's the kind of thing I wouldn't normally have the patience to do, I don't think. Plus, to be honest, like you I find macarons too sweet.
Funny about the Catherine de' Medici story. You know, if you added up all the French dishes they say she brought from Italy, you'd think she had nothing else to do but cook—or rather order her cooks around!
I've had Laduree's macaroons, and I agree they are very sweet. After seeing how much fuss macaroons take to make, I think I'll pass on attempting to make them…some things are best left to professionals 🙂 Non-the-less, it must have been fun to take this class in Paris!
Consider me daunted. For four years I have considered making them (and I don't love them – but I love the idea of them). However, the pistachio filling makes me think, "Just once, Claudia,Just once!") And I love the idea of tackling something a tres difficile. And the looks of them. And thought of dreaming you're in France or Italy or elsewhere. Sometimes just being elsewhere is worth the difficulty. And sometimes – it brings you there.
non so se sono così brava da farli in casa Linda, mi piacciono ma forse sono un pò troppo dolci per i miei gusti….Buona domenica, un abbraccio !
I've heard that macarons are fussy. I've heard other people say it's "no big deal". I've got everything I need to make these, but haven't built the courage to just jump in and do it. What a fun place to learn to make macarons! (PS: I hate it when I forget to change my white balance, too. Argh.)
Non ho mai realizzato i macaron, questi sono una vera meraviglia, grazie per la dettagliata spiegazione. Un abbraccio, buona serata Daniela.
Wow! A class looks really fun! And less stressful than trying to get it right many times at home… they are SO stressful to make, and they are awfully sweet… but I just can't help loving them!
Hey, I found these macarons very realistic. Trying to make it at home after taking a macaron cooking course with Chef Fred at Le Foodist ( http://www.lefoodist.com ) but I'm not as successful as you are. Cheers anyway !
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