I jumped on the macaron wave a year and a half ago and have never jumped off. I love these little lovelies. The pretty feet, the dainty design, the array of color and flavor, the texture... they have been quite the treat to master and have given me a run for my money in this altitude but I think I've got it and I want to share it all with you! Don't be afraid... they are as afraid of you as you are of them :)
I am including some past posts and a photo of my Christmas Macs today as well as a link to a template I have created to assist you in your baking. Click the link and print off your own template. Slide the template under your parchment paper and trace with your batter and piping bag (go ahead and bake the template... it's safe... I have done it). I am also including my "go-to" recipe. It is no fail and PERFECT for Utah climate/altitude. BarbaraBakes and I came up with this specific recipe and it has never failed me. After my appearance on the show, I will do another post and include all of my tips and tricks plus a few filling recipes and photos (I am hoping I can link my spot on the show too).
Watch CW30 (Good Morning Utah) in the morning and let me know what you think. I am excited to share with you and see what the future holds!
Basic Macaron Shell
2 aged egg whites
3T plus 1t sugar
1/2C finely ground almond meal
1C powdered sugar
With a hand held blender(in a stainless steel bowl), beat egg whites until medium/soft peaks form then add sugar and beat until slightly firmer and glossy. In a separate bowl combine almond meal and powdered sugar and whisk until completely combined and even. Fold half of the dry mixture into the egg white mixture with a rubber spatula (fold gently, pressing against the sides of the bowl). Add the other half and repeat actions until a flowing batter is achieved. Pour mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a #4 large tip. Pipe onto parchment paper placed on top of the template. Allow to rest for 12-15 minutes then bake at 280 for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes on pan then pop off and place on a wire rack. Fill as desired.
*if you have a convection oven: bake at 280 for 10-12 minutes.
*for all other ovens: bake at 250 (placing your baking sheet on top of another, forming a "bubble") for 15 minutes.
*add food coloring and liquid flavoring to the egg whites at the time you add the sugar
*add any dry flavoring to the almond meal mixture prior to adding it to the egg whites
Previous macaron posts you might enjoy:
I will add some others after the show!
Link to Macaron template