"Fantabulous colored, bite-sized macaroons. Divide batter into thirds and color one-third pink and flavor with raspberry flavoring; color one-third yellow and flavor with lemon flavoring; color one-third pale blue and flavor with vanilla. Fill and make sandwich cookies with filling of choice, like peach jam or strawberry preserves." — crazymary98
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superfine (castor) sugar
finely ground almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons
finely ground almonds
1 1/3 cups
They turned out easier to make than I expected! The hardest part was to make them perfectly circular! I got around that using the cupcake baking sheet. Just make sure to use the paper cups and remove them when still a bit warm, CAREFULLY!! And voila! You have perfectly round shaped macaroons without any effort! :-)
The heat is very important and it is the thin line between a good macaron and a disaster. By the way this is not a "macaroon" (no coconut cookie) but it is a "macaron".
Trust a seller who sells rusty forks as stainless steel but never trust your oven temperature :) Buy a oven thermometer and check what you set the oven and how hot it is actually and adjust your oven until you get steady correct temperature from the thermometer. You'd be surprised that your lovely friend (oven) is lying 95% of times and your new best friend w,ll be that small "in oven thermometer".
I have made macarons twice before and was fairly successful. With this recipe, however, my macarons stuck to the parchment paper and that has never happened to me before. I liked that the macarons aren't as sweet as the ones I've made before and seem lighter. That's why I would like to try this recipe again and see if maybe I should have baked a little longer... I'm not sure what the cause of my problem was but these cookies are difficult to master so I will troubleshoot until I get them right. I have previously used buttercream as a filling and it is great (strawberry or lemon/lime) but I went with dark chocolate ganache this time and it is decadent! Update: Made again and decided to bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes, then switch cookie sheets (I moved the one that was on the upper rack to the bottom rack and viceversa) and bake for 6 more minutes. They didn't stick to the parchment paper this time. I added a few drops of creme de menthe oil to half of the batter and colored it green. Again, I used chocolate ganache to stuff them with. Very good!
No, I didn't make these but I did read the previous review and she had problems getting the macaroons off the paper. I pipe almond macaroons onto parchment paper and to remove them, I turn the paper over and wet the bottom with just enough water to soak through and loosen the macaroons. A second or two will do it and you can peel them off.
I have been nervous about trying french macaroons, but this came out perfectly! The second time I made them I made a few changes to make things a little easier. First, I put my almond flour in the food processor and pulsed it a few times. I had a really hard time getting the AF through my sieve the first time around. Seemed to make it easier. Second, use a silpat if you are able instead of parchment. It makes a huge difference with them sticking. I had no problems.
Temperature is too high. Drop to 300 F. for about 15 minutes
this was by far the best macaroon recipe i have ever tried!!!! the other recipes i have tried always crack! but not with this recipe
made them with the dark chocolate ganache, as recommended by another reviewer, wonderful!!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 8
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