Updated: May 20, 2020
Has anyone else stuck in their houses developed an obsession with baking?
Over the past few months I've made it all: cheesecake, cookies, cakes, and brownies. I've also grown a slightly unhealthy obsession in watching baking shows- Great British Bake-Off and Nailed It are my favorites. This weekend, experiencing total and complete boredom, Bryce and I decided to be bold and try our luck at making homemade French Macarons... and, somewhat surprisingly, it was a total success!
Baking is such a relaxing way to pass the time, and as we all know, the socially distanced days can seem to drag on a bit! The best way to bake is with a loved one, especially for macarons, as many steps are easier with two people. I also highly recommend shuffling a French Jazz playlist on Spotify as you bake... if you close your eyes, it *almost* feels like you're in Julia Child's kitchen.
We used this recipe by Tasty https://tasty.co/recipe/macarons though we did adapt it. Macarons are super intimidating at first, but as we got into the groove of mixing, sieving and piping (with French music playing in the background) it was much easier than expected! The ingredients are as follows:
For the Macarons:
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
1 cup finely-ground Almond flour (Bob's Red Mill is a great brand)
1 tsp. salt
3 egg whites (room temperature!)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Food Coloring- this is up to your preference, 2-3 drops makes them a more understated color (we did red drops for pink macarons).
For the Buttercream:
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature!)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract (or other extract/flavoring)
3 tbsp. heavy cream
And that's all it takes! The recipe linked above provides great detailed information step-by-step. My biggest tips are:
Make sure the egg whites and butter are at room temperature!
If the buttercream is too sweet- add a splash of lemon juice. We decided to add finely chopped pieces of strawberries to our buttercream which provided a freshness that balanced it out nicely.
Don't over mix!
Tap the pan before placing them in the oven.
And voila! You have created a few dozen macarons that rival the creations at Laduree. Next, I hope to make coffee macarons! If you follow this recipe, let me know how your macarons turn out in the comments below.
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