I did it! I did it!
I finally made a batch of Macarons that actually look like real French Macarons! See – look below! I’ve been trying for months to master the macaron and thought I’d have to take a class or have someone show me how it’s done, but I finally did it! I made them last night while watching the Super Bowl and literally, was jumping for joy when they came out perfectly with their little feet!
I am still hardly an expert, heck, I’m barely a novice! So, I’m not going to give you a recipe, just send you to this one from Tartelette, the queen of macarons. Here are the pieces of advice I found incredibly helpful from Helen’s recipe…
- USE THE SCALE! This is the single most important tip (in my humble opinion)! I am always amazed when I weigh something and then measure it, out of curiosity, and see how the measurement is almost always so inaccurate in comparison.
- Helen talked about holding the bowl of egg whites upside down to determine when they’re ready to have the almond/flour mixture added to them. I found this was the perfect way to make sure they weren’t under whipped.
- When grinding the almonds in the powdered sugar, grind and then grind again. Just when you think they’re fine enough, give them one more minute in the food processor.
- Give them a rest! After piping onto the baking sheet, let them rest undisturbed for an hour to form a little bit of a cap. This seemed to really help them develop a beautiful top and little feet.
- And finally, I was super surprised to find that when I baked one batch on parchment and the other on a silpat, the macarons on the parchment stuck LESS than those on the silpat. I’m not sure why, but I can’t wait to make another batch to see if I have the same results.
4 responses to “Proper Macarons!”
That looks professional and delicious! Way over my level – but got me craving something sweet. I think I really need to brave the snow for eggs so I can at least make brownies!
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I just baked my first batch of these this weekend. I was *terrified* they would be an awful mess but they weren’t! I want to try Tartelette’s recipe next. Love her.