Thursday, August 22, 2013

How To Make Macarons!

Hey!  Eths and I want to share with you one of our new favorite recipes!  A recipe for macarons!


And I hate to break it to all of you obsessed fashion bloggers out there, but no, it is not 'macaroons'.  I thought it was too, but then Eths convinced me otherwise.  And after some research I found him to be completely right.  As usual.


Eths was kind enough to type up the recipe for me, because he mixed about 4 different recipes for these.  Here it is!

Macarons

First, you are going to need the ingredients:
•1 and 1/4 cup and a teaspoon of powdered sugar
•1 cup of ground almonds or almond flour (if you grind the almonds, use a blender and be sure to sift them so they are really fine...)
•3 egg whites
•A pinch of salt
•1/4 cup granulated sugar
And then some sort of filling.  
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then you are going to whisk together the powdered sugar and ground almonds so they are mixed. After that, you need to whip the egg whites and salt until they are foamy. Then you gradually at the sugar and use an electric mixer to until it has stiff and glossy peaks (like a meringue, sort of, but it takes FOREVER).
Pour in the almond and sugar mixture with a rubber spatula and fold it in about 30 to 50 times until it is mixed well. Be sure not to undermix it or overmix it, though... You can also add a bit of food coloring if you would like.
After it is all mixed together, you are going to line some cookie sheets with parchment paper. Then fill a large Ziploc bag with the mixture and pipe it onto the baking sheets in 1 inch disks. Then you need to tap the baking sheet hard against the counter at least ten times so the macarons don't crack... Then let them stand for about ten minutes and put them in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, and take them out when they look done.
 Let them cool. If they stick to the paper, put them in a couple minutes longer and try again. After that, you are done and they are ready.
A good filling is important, though! You could make a ganache (boil 3/4 cup cream and pour over 1 1/2 cup chocolate and stir) or a buttercream, or use jam, or Nutella, or peanut butter. The options are endless.
You can also flavor the cookies themselves by adding 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa to make them chocolate, or some lemon zest, or whatever you would like, although dry ingredients work better. 
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A lot of instructions, huh?!  They do take a while to make, but it is actually not as hard as you would think.  Also, it should make about 32 cookies, which is about 16 macarons.
So yup... that is is!  Try this recipe sometime, you won't regret it!  Good luck!

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