Homemade Macarons

 

Homemade Macarons
(Courtesy: Penny Jacques)

 

1 cup fine almond four (100 grams)

1 ¾ cups confectioners sugar (180 grams)

3 egg whites (room temperature) (100 grams)

¼ tsp cream of tartar

¼ cup caster sugar (40 grams)

4 -5 drops gel food coloring, any color

Fillings, such as jam, jelly, butter cream, ganache, curd, sweetened cream cheese and/or whipped cream

 

Before beginning the recipe, clean 3 bowls and mixer beater attachments to assure no residue is present.

Mix almond flour and confectioners sugar together.  Sift three times and set aside.

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy, about 4 minutes.  Gradually add caster sugar while continuing to beat whites.  Beat until whites form stiff peaks, another 4 minutes.

Add gel food coloring to achieve desired color.  Continue beating for an additional 4 minutes or until stiff peaks return.

Add dry ingredients to egg whites.  Gently fold together with a rubber or silicone spatula by folding from sides of the pan and dragging through the middle of batter.  Make about 50 rotations until the batter runs smoothly from spatula.  Test this by “drawing” a figure 8 with the batter that runs from the tip of the spatula.  If the figure comes out smoothly on the top of the batter in the bowl, it’s ready.

Gently transfer batter to a decorating bag and pipe 1½ “ circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Space about 1” apart.  Drawing circles on the parchment paper beforehand will help to keep the macrons uniform.

Tap the baking sheet gently on the counter several times to bring any air bubbles to the surface of batter.  Use a toothpick to gently pop bubbles.

Allow macrons to rest at room temperature for about 60 minutes or until no wet spots show and a film has formed.  You should be able to touch the cookie gently without disturbing the batter.

Preheat oven to 350℉.  Cook on center rack for 13-14 minutes until set but not browned.  Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet (at least 20 minutes).

Turn cookies over and pipe desired toppings on the flat side.  Cover with another cookie, flat side down.

Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container for 24 hours.  Allow to set at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to serving.

 

Yield: 15 completed macarons,  115 calories per double cookie, fillings excluded

 

Hack:  Macarons can be refrigerated for up to 7 days

Hack:  Filled macarons can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 1 month, although some fillings may not maintain their desired consistency after being thawed.

Hack:  Unfilled macarons can be tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months.