Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to make French Macarons

I have another recipe to share with you guys this week and I'm quite excited about this one! Today I'll walk you through how to make French Macarons. (By the way, refer to the pronunciation guide on this page if you're interested). So here we go!
Ingredients you will need: Ground almonds, x2 eggs, caster sugar, food colouring of you choice (we used red), flavouring essence of your choice (we used raspberry), jam and a piping bag.
Measure out one cup of icing sugar and sieve into a large mixing bowl. Add 3/4 cup of ground almonds and combine in a food processor until mixture becomes fine. 

Using another bowl separate eggs then beat the whites until soft peaks form. Add 1/4 cup of caster sugar to the mix and continue to beat.

Add one teaspoon of essence to the mixture and one teaspoon of food colouring and continue to mix until colours are thoroughly blended through

Combine the dry and wet mixtures and fold with a spatula until you reach a "lava" like consistency. 

Using a cup (or something small and circular) draw round shapes on your baking paper so that your macarons will be evenly shaped. Add your mixture to the piping bag and pipe onto the tray. Leave this to sit for 30 minutes until a shell forms on the top. Then bake for 15-20 minutes at 160°

For the filling we made a buttercream icing and added jam then piped it onto the baked macarons.

And there you have it! They should have a firm shell on the outside and when you bite into it the inside will be soft and gooey. Enjoy!

Edit: Just to clarify, I am no baker at all. This was actually a recipe taught to me by my master baker friend Melissa from From Me to You. All credit goes to her for teaching me how to make these and for being patient with all my questions and queries. Here's to learning new things!

46 comments:

  1. namm... these look delicious!

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  2. Delicious! They don't look as hard a I thought they would be to make. Thanks for posting :) NHG x

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  3. Yum yum yum, they look truly delicious! And you are so well dressed for the occasion - I love your cardigan!

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    www.lostinthehaze.com

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  4. These look so yummy! I should try this. I've never had macarons before! Definitely look worthy of the time.

    x

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  5. These look so yummy! I should try this. I've never had macarons before! Definitely look worthy of the time.

    x

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  6. Rachel said you must make some when we do dinner for totes!

    OMG OK : )

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  7. Ohhhhh, this is awesome! I thought they would be way harder to make, and yours look so pro! I'll have to try this, thanks so much for posting :)

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  8. This was an amazing day! Lets do it again sometime :)

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  9. Wow, I'm so impressed! Definitely trying this myself x

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  10. Okay so just blend the egg whites and chuck the yolks? These look amaaaazing.

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  11. I love cooking and baking and do it quite often. However, I've always been so terrified to do attempt making macarons. You make it look so simple and they look soooo delicious. I think I might just brave trying your recipe :)

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  12. These look delectable! I will definitely try this out soon, for an upcoming tea party. Thanks so much. :)

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  13. Wow how fab! I buy macaroons occasionally from the Parisian shop LaDuree but they are so expensive - will definitely make my own next time!

    http://bellasbitsandbobs.blogspot.com/

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  14. Oh wow those look fantastic! I tried making them before, and it was not a pretty as that!! You're an excellent baker! :)

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  15. I've never had one before! I can imagine that they would be a bit of a challenge to perfect...

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  16. i LOVE making macarons! these look absolutely gorgeous!!

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  17. You make them look so easy to make!!!

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  18. Yummy!
    http://www.funkysunday.com/

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  19. They look yummy!
    I always wanted to make some ♥

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  20. Wow I never knew they were so simple to make! I am loving your new recipe posts.

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  21. loving the color of your nails! and those macarons looks super yum :D

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  22. wish i was there to try your macarons!! nomnomnom.. they look so delish!

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  23. I LOVE macarons. So delish! But for some reason, mine never turn out any good. I will have to try again.

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  24. yuuumsss. those look like perfection. thanks for sharing!

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  25. Oh-my-God! (Sorry)
    These look so good! They're just perfect!

    Well done!

    http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com

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  26. One may find it helpful to add 2 extra steps to the process:
    1. aging the egg whites over night in a bowl covered with a towel to get rid of extra humidity.
    2. "macaronnage" bis: use a pastry scrapper to press down a dozen times the already mixed batter to release extra air trapped in it, prior to pipping out. Check this video about this key step:
    http://video.stv.tv/bc/entertainment-thehour-20110214-cooking/

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  27. I so want to make these! Where you inspired by the masterchef finale? Yum.

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  28. @Nicola YES i was! I had always wanted to make them but that was the final decider!

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  29. Thanks for your comment on my blog.
    I moved to Auckland a year ago after many years in Wellington. I miss Welly :(

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  30. They turned out so well! I've tried making them twice and on both occasions they were a major fail. I think it had something to do with it being summer and humidity affecting the mixture. Am keen to try it now that the weather has cooled down though! Third time's a charm, right?

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  31. thank you so much for posting this!
    I will try it out as soon as possible!
    <3

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  32. Oh I have always wanted to make macarons!! Brill post, yours look great :) x

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  33. Alexandra Nicole MorrisseyMay 19, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    this looks so much more simple then online ones. THANKS FOR POSTING!

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  34. This looks awesome! I think I will try this

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  35. Macarons are awesome :) Im currently living in Berlin so i can buy them everywhere, lucky me!

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  36. Thankyou, I really want to try making some using your recipe now! :)

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  37. yammi! I want to eat them :D

    need to try them out...


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  38. my friends and i made these this weekend because i saw this post! thanks so much! i love macarons. and now i think i'll make them more because they are so pretty and yummy :)

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  39. LOL it was melissa in the photos from 'from me to you' not Amanda.

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  41. I love, love, love macarons - THANK YOU for this!! Your macarons look divine! xx

    www.papermoonsandmacarons.blogspot.com

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  42. Just a quick question :)

    When do you add the jam?

    I am going to try make these this weekend for Mothers Day, when i googled "how to make macaroons" your blog came up and you make it look so easy. Thanks :)

    Could you please email me the anwser if poss carlie_100@hotmail.com

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  43. I just made these this weekend, I realised how easy they were when I found this post and had a crack. They are amazing <3

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