04/01/2013

Cooking Made Easy: Macarons


As you may know from this post I got a box with macaron recipes for Christmas. Today I decided that it was time to try the first flavour namely strawberry macarons with mint. It wasn't only one of the most yummy recipes but also one of the easiest so I dared to give it a try. I had never been making macarons before and I found out that some things about the making were easier than I had thought while other things were way more difficult. I will tell you about the difficulties later but let´s start off with the recipe:

Ingredients for 13 macarons:

For the meringues:
1 egg white
1 pinch of salt
20g sugar
green or red food coloring
50g powdered almonds
75g icing sugar
1 knife point baking powder

For the filling:
100g butter (at room temperature)
50g strawberries
50ml strawberry syrup
1 tablespoon of freshly minced mint

Directions:

1. Whisk the egg white and the salt stiff.
2. Add the normal sugar and the food coloring and whisk stiff again.
3. Mix the almonds, icing sugar and baking powder and add it to the egg white.
4. Put the mixture into an icing bag with a round hole and make 26 small spots on a baking sheet.
5. Leave the meringues on the baking sheet for 20 minutes before putting them in the oven for 15 minutes at 150°C.
6. While the meringues cool down you can make the stuffing. Purée the clean strawberries with the syrup and add the mash to the butter step by step. At the end also add the mint.
7. Put the strawberry butter on the lower side of 13 meringues. (This works best whit the icing bag as well.)
8. Top the macarons with the other 13 meringues and put them in a box. Leave them in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
9. Enjoy!

Now which problems did I have when making the macarons? First of all it is not that easy working with and icing bag but you'll get used to it. Then I didn't manage to make all the meringues the same size because my first spots on the baking sheet were a bit too big but that's a matter of practice as well. If you don't feel like you can handle this you could buy yourselves one of these special macarons baking papers made of silicon as they have circles on them with the right macaron size. The greatest difficulty was the colour of the macarons as they turned a bit brownish in the oven which isn't supposed to happen. I don't know how to fix that problem yet but next time I'll simply colour my macarons red and nobody will notice they turned out a bit darker... And now the result of my hard work:




I think that they turned out really yummy, tasting gorgeously of almonds but if you don't like butter you should definitely find a different filling! Have you tried to make your own macarons so far? If so do you know how I can prevent mine from becoming brownish in the oven? If you haven't tried to make macarons at home you should definitely give it a try, it's easier than you think!

28 comments:

  1. The macarons look soooo yummy! ^_^

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  2. They look so good dear! Yum!^^ xo

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  3. Never actually had these but they look so nice!xo

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  4. Love them, thanks for the information!
    xoxo

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  5. They look so cute and yummy!
    ^^

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  6. that looks very good! I should try
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  7. oh i wish i had time to cook (my 16 month old doesnt leave much time for it) because those look amazing!!!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  8. Oh yumm, this looks delicious! :-)

    xoxo The Daily Fashion Drug

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  9. From what I heard macarons are very difficult to make. I think that yours look perfect! I have never tried to make any myself. I'm too lazy and tend to buy them from Laduree. Have a lovely weekend.

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  10. I need to try ! :D

    xo ,
    Ana Catalarrana
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  11. Wow!! They seem delicious!!!! I love macarons!!!

    Xoxo

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  12. Is it bad that I have never even tried a macaroon (to eat I mean)?? I need to try some and then I will bake some (I am sure I will love them as I love all things baked and sugary!) They look lovely, I will watch to see for tips not to make them brown when I make them. I think most people seem to use food colouring from what I have seen of all the photos online, maybe this is why they colour them?

    Very cute!

    Janine xx
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  13. This reminds me of this really lovely video I saw on youtube about macarons, I tried to search it for you but I don't remember what it was called.

    Scrap that, I just found it =)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcWDKxdUMfA

    It's a little cheesy but I like it, and oooo there is a second part. Make sure to watch to the end =)

    I found some face cream in Tesco today too, thanks to your advice. I'll probably do a blog about it soon =)

    Corinne x
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  14. So yummy!



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  15. They turned out so well :) I will have to try this recipie out!

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  16. It looks soooo good!!:) i like cooking very much:)

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  17. your comment box comment about Disneyland is so cute! you make making macarons so easy- I'm only good at eating them :)

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  18. it looks beautiful and delicious! I would love to try)))
    Diana

    double-ganger.blogspot.com

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  19. i try to bake them at home, and it was a disaster :D

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  20. i never thought to make them myself...but love to eat them! it seems too difficult a task for someone like me who is terrible at baking! yours turned out nicely!

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  21. fine looks, probably it is very tasty!
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    Lenusik Velvetrose

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  22. Macarons are my favorite dessert! your post makes me want to eat some right now (lol)
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
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  23. Great! They look very delicious!

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  24. Hi there
    Im new follower from the blog hop! Love your blog and can't wait to read more!

    Anyway, are you interested of making new blog friends?
    I was kinda maybe hopin’ that you’d pop on by and follow me back!
    Happy new year


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  25. OMG I love macaroons!
    Wanna follow each other?
    xx

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  26. Love macarons so much!

    Following you now on Bloglovin and GFC. Will really appreciate it if you follow me back=D
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  27. Yay! Thanks so much for this post, I've been wanting to make macaroons for a while now and you've broken it down here so well and simply. Looks so yum!

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