So… it’s time for something a little more advanced: macarons. I’m not sure what the fascination with macarons is about. I mean, i like macarons but they’re not my favorite dessert. I’ll eat them if they’re in front of me (haha… i’ll eat any dessert in front of me) but i don’t go seeking them. They’re just alright. Not much flavor, not much texture, just eh. I’d much rather eat oreo cookies.
But since there’s much hoopla surrounding these little French cookies, i thought i might as well go ahead and tackle them. There are so many recipes for macarons on the internet. I poured over dozens of recipes and combined a couple that i liked.
Ingredients: (7-8 macarons)
- 5 Tbsp almond flour
- 10 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 large egg white
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- filling (buttercream, Nutella, fruit preserves)
- In medium bowl, sift together almond flour and powdered sugar.
- In large bowl with electric mixer, beat egg white, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks (3-5 mins).
- Pour flour mixture over meringue. Fold with spatula until batter is glossy and has consistency of honey.
- Transfer batter into pastry bag with round tip. Pipe out 1-inch rounds an inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Tap baking sheet firmly on counter a few times to get rid of air bubbles. Let batter rest and dry 30-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway.
- Transfer to wire rack to cool for 10 minutes, and then remove from baking sheet.
- To assemble macarons, smear a layer of filling on one shell and top with another.
Macarons are renowned to be difficult to bake, requiring several tries to make a successful batch. After two unsuccessful (but still delicious) attempts, third time’s the charm! I finally made my first batch of French macarons.
The first two times i overmixed my batter and the macarons came out flat with no feet. The third time i just lightly mixed the batter and they turned out perfect! The shells puffed up in the oven and the mythical “feet” appeared out of nowhere! I was so happy i actually jumped for joy! And they taste great! I’m overjoyed!
I hope this was skill and not just luck. I’ll have to make these a few more times to make sure. But now i’m filled with an amazing sense of accomplishment! 🙂