Today was a rainy day and what did I do to make the day brighter?! I made macarons..YAY!!!! Macarons are small little sweet meringue based confection made with egg whites, powdered sugar, sugar and almond flour. They have recently become more popular and I have tried to make them a couple of times. They are quite tricky to make to say the least, however once you manage to conquer the recipe, it feels so great. Feels like the gates have opened to a whole new world. Once you have the basic recipe down, you can mix and match with the flavors and colors you like. The world is your oyster.

Ingredients:

200 g powdered sugar

100 g almond flour/ground almonds

110 g egg whites (about 3 eggs)

4 tablespoons sugar

Start by separating the yolk from the egg whites. I had a little helper help me with this.

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If you don’t have almond powder, you can grind your own almonds to get almond flour. If you only have almonds that have skin on them, you can soak them in hot water for about five minutes and remove the skin.

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If you are in a hurry to make the macarons, place the almonds on a baking tray and “dry” them in the oven, but be careful they don’t burn.

IMG_5616Allow almonds to cool down and then put them in a grinder. I use a coffee bean grinder, as it gives a fine powder.

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Add the almond powder and powdered sugar to a bowl and mix. Sift this mixture to make sure there are no lumps.

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In a separate bowl, add the egg whites and whip them until they become frothy and at this point add sugar and continue to whip until the mixture is stiff enough to place the bowl over your head. Do not over mix.

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Add food coloring.

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Fold in the almond and powdered sugar mixture to the egg whites, a bit at a time until everything is mixed. It is very important not to mix too little, yet also important to not mix too much. More or less 50 folds.

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Prepare your piping bag and your baking trays with parchment paper. Or use macaron silicone sheets. Pipe into circles and pound out any air by banging the baking tray a bit on the counter.

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Now comes the patience game. We need to let the macarons dry so that they create a foot to the macaroon. The macarons are ready to bake once they are dry to the touch. If you want to speed up the process, you can heat your oven slightly and lay the baking trays on the oven door.

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Cook for 10-13 minutes at 150 degrees celsius.

Once they are done, let cool before removing.

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I filled my macarons with strawberry jam and chocolate spread to make it easy. There are a variety of different fillings you can fill with.

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IMG_5658Now serve and enjoy!!

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