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To Die For French Macarons Recipe


I love these little delicate treats called "French Macarons".  They are light and filled with so much flavor.  However, they are pretty pricey - $2+ each.  They can be filled with all different flavor fillings with my favorites being vanilla and lemon.  The recipe looks a bit complicated.  Have you tried making these treats?  If so, any advice? 


French Macarons Recipe

Yield Makes 35 macarons

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pulse confectioners' sugar and almond flour in a food processor until combined. Sift mixture 2 times.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk whites with a mixer on medium speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar, and whisk until soft peaks form. Reduce speed to low, then add superfine sugar. Increase speed to high, and whisk until stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes. Sift flour mixture over whites, and fold until mixture is smooth and shiny.
  3. Transfer batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, and pipe 3/4-inch rounds 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, dragging pastry tip to the side of rounds rather than forming peaks. Tap bottom of each sheet on work surface to release trapped air. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake 1 sheet at a time, rotating halfway through, until macarons are crisp and firm, about 10 minutes. After each batch, increase oven temperature to 375 degrees, heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to 325 degrees.
  4. Let macarons cool on sheets for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. (If macarons stick, spray water underneath parchment on hot sheet. The steam will help release macarons.)
  5. Sandwich 2 same-size macarons with 1 teaspoon filling. Serve immediately, or stack between layers of parchment, wrap in plastic, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Variations

Chocolate: Substitute 3 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder for 1/4 cup of the almond flour.

8 comments:

  1. I do enjoy macaroons but not the high price however after reading all the steps you need to go through to make it I think I'll stick with buying them

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Macarons! This might be fun to try, thanks!

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  3. These look so delicious. I just happened upon this post while browsing your blog. Would go wonderfully with my coffee right now. They sound fairly easy to make. How do you manage to get them looking so perfectly round and smooth?

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  4. Cindy B (on rc/fb) ~ these look scrumptious and fairly easy... will have to bookmark to try later

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  5. I love french macarons and loved them sice I first had one in Paris in 2000, but they are super hard to make. I am too scared to try them and my mom has tried and they come out too crunchy. Let us know of any tips!

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  6. These sound delicious, I've never tried to make my own macarons.

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  7. those look really good

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  8. Mmm!! Ive never thought to make my own!! Since they are to die for I must try them!!

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