- Updated: 24.01.2024
Macarons are delicate French cookies that have captured the hearts and palates of dessert enthusiasts around the world. These sweet treats, known for their smooth, crisp exterior and chewy interior, are a true testament to the artistry of French pastry making.
The journey of creating macarons begins with the precise measurement of ingredients. Almond flour, powdered sugar, and egg whites are combined to form a smooth, glossy batter. This mixture is carefully piped onto baking sheets in small, uniform rounds, creating the iconic macaron shape. The key to a successful macaron lies in achieving the perfect balance of texture – a thin, crisp shell that gives way to a tender, slightly chewy center.
Once piped, the macarons are left to rest, allowing a thin skin to form on the surface. This skin is crucial for achieving the characteristic "feet" – the ruffled edges that form during baking. The macarons are then baked to perfection, resulting in a light and airy cookie with a beautiful, smooth surface.
Macarons are renowned for their versatility in flavor and color. From classic choices like vanilla and chocolate to more exotic options such as lavender or passion fruit, the filling possibilities are endless. Ganaches, buttercreams, or fruit preserves are sandwiched between two macaron shells, creating a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.
Beyond their delightful taste, macarons have become a symbol of elegance and sophistication. These petite cookies are often displayed in vibrant assortments, making them a visually stunning addition to any dessert table or pastry shop.
While mastering the art of macaron making may require patience and precision, the result is a truly exquisite treat that delights the senses. Whether enjoyed as a standalone indulgence or as part of an elaborate dessert spread, macarons continue to enchant taste buds and elevate the world of French pastry to new heights. Let's see how to make French macarons.
For the Macaron Shells:
• 1 cup (100g) almond flour
• 1 3/4 cups (200g) powdered sugar
• 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
• 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
• Food coloring (optional)
For the Filling:
• 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
• 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar
• Flavor extract of your choice (e.g., vanilla, raspberry, chocolate)
• 1) Prepare Baking Sheets: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
• 2) Sift Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, sift together the almond flour and powdered sugar. Discard any large almond pieces that remain.
• 3) Whip Egg Whites: In a clean, dry mixing bowl, whip the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the granulated sugar while continuing to whip. Whip until stiff peaks form. Add food coloring if desired.
• 4) Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients: Gently fold the sifted dry ingredients into the whipped egg whites using a spatula. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites. This mixture is called the macaronage. The batter should be smooth and glossy.
• 5) Pipe Macarons: Transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe small circles onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving space between each macaron.
• 6) Resting Time: Let the piped macarons rest for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until a skin forms on the surface. This helps create the characteristic smooth tops.
• 7) reheat and Bake: Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Bake the macarons for about 15-18 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through. The macarons should have feet and be set but not browned.
• 8) Cool: Allow the macarons to cool completely on the baking sheets before attempting to remove them.
• 1) Prepare Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and flavor extract, beating until smooth.
• 2) Fill Macarons: Once the macarons are completely cooled, pair them up based on size. Pipe or spread the filling onto the flat side of one macaron and sandwich it with another.
• 3) Mature: Allow the filled macarons to mature in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving. This helps improve the texture and flavor.
Enjoy, your homemade macarons! Keep in mind that making perfect macarons can take some practice, so don't be discouraged if the first batch isn't flawless.
Popular places to enjoy macarons in Paris
Paris is known for its delicious macarons, and there are several renowned pastry shops where you can find these sweet treats, like: Laduree: One of the most famous macaron shops in the world, Pierre Herme, Another well-known pastry chef, Pierre Hermé, is often considered one of the best macaron makers, Macaron Cafe located near the Louvre, Macaron Café is a charming place to enjoy macarons.
It's always a good idea to explore different neighborhoods and try macarons from various establishments to discover your personal favorites,
I advise you to read the article about best chocolate shops in Paris. You can also enjoy this elegant sweet in Parisian cafes
and afternoon tea spots.
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