What Olivia Cooked: Macarons

Monday, 21 January 2013

IMG_8774pp Ever since being introduced to these tasty little bad-boys by my (far more cultured) friend Genevieve, I've been in love with them. With my first encounter with them being along a rain soaked Ladurée on the Champs Elysees- my view on them has always been slightly romanticised (not that I'm complaining) and I've always been a little scared about trying them out for myself.

However- fear not, having received some pretty awesome recipe books for Christmas (my favourite being GBBO's 'Learn to Bake'), I was able to work out a simple recipe to create a pretty impressive little treat (ignoring the fact mine look a little like whoopie pies...) anyway- the show must go on...
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You will need:
- An electric whisk (or a REAL fast arm)
-2 large egg whites
- a good pinch of salt
- 60g caster sugar
- 65g ground almonds
- 80g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence (or you could try other flavours) OR cocoa powder
- Pink food colouring

For the filling:
- 150g white chocolate
- 110g unsalted butter
- 200g icing sugar
- Pink food colouring
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1. Add the salt to the egg whites and whisk until the whites are well, white. It will go foamy at first, but should eventually stand up in soft peaks (ooh technical).
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2.Add the caster sugar a spoonful at a time- whisking in between. By this point the soft peaks should be stiff and able to stand up alone.
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3. Sieve the ground almonds and icing sugar in to the mixture, trying to keep it as smooth as possible- eventually adding the food colouring. Gently fold the mixture together using a wooden/large spoon, in order to not lose any of the air that's been whisked in until you have a smooth and equal coloured mixture.
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4. Draw 20 5cm circles (or as many as you'd like- providing it's an equal number- I used a small lid as a template) across a baking sheet- before turning the sheet template over. Use two spoons to dollop the mixture onto the circles gently, trying to keep them as 'shapely' as possible.
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5. Bang down the baking sheet onto a worktop to get rid of any air bubbles and leave to stand for 30 minutes so the macarons can form a 'skin'. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and eventually bake for 15-20 minutes until they feel firm to touch. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
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6. While they cool- it's filling time! I chose to make a basic butter cream with added white chocolate- fail safe! Mix the soft butter with icing sugar until they form a well blended mixture. Melt the chocolate (either in a microwave or over boiling water on the hob) and blend with the butter mixture. Allow to cool and spread into the middle of your macarons, sandwiching them together- perfect!
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78 comments:

  1. ohh these look amazing! i've never actually had a macaroon before!

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  2. They look delicious you did an amazing job!

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  3. I think they look delicious, Great job :)

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  4. I love macaroons! I've made them once before but not found the confidence or the time to make them again, so glad you did a recipe and I'll definitely make them again!!

    Aimée x
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  5. They look so delicious Liv, and not half as difficult as I thought they would be!
    May have to give them a go when i'm back at home :)
    xox

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  6. these look great! i love making macaroons especially white chocolate and raspberry ones :D
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  7. They looks so nice & professional considering you didn't use a pipping bag to make them round!
    I've been using Lorraine Pascale's recipe from her Baking Made Easy tv show & her's are a lot more complicated compared to this one!
    I'll definitely be trying it :D

    XxX

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  8. These seriously look amazing! I've recently come back from a trip to Paris and they all looked so wonderful in the shop windows. Unfortunately I have a nut allergy so couldn't try any but brought some home for my family. Perhaps I'll try them without adding the almonds, unless they really are central to the recipe?! XX

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  9. These look so yum! Macaroons are gorgeous!

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  10. They do look yummy, but these are macarons not macaroons, there's a difference :)

    x

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  11. I've never tried, but I love macaroons, so I might one day. I love coconut so this might be THE ONE :)
    Katie xx
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  12. These look absolutely amazing. I've always loved macaroons so I can't wait to try out as it sounds so simple xx

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  13. Not bad. I know they're super hard to make and your effort is pretty good. They look yummy.
    I'm yet to brave baking them. One day, though... ;)

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  14. I want to try these but am allergic to nuts (all kinds!) Do I NEED the almonds in this recipe?? Or can I leave it out?/

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    1. I don't think so; here's another recipe which should be ok! http://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/macaron-substitute-almond-flour/ xx

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  15. Omg yours turned out soo good! I made some last year using lorraine pascales recipe! They came out pretty well for first time and they did taste yummy , but yours actually look super proper hahha xxx

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  16. These look adorable, and they sound so much easier than I expected! Yummy!!
    xo Heather

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  17. nice photographs. they look delicious.

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  18. Yummy:)

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  19. I love the Laduree on the Champs Elyses! There's a little shop at the Louvre too!

    Gorgeous baking :)

    Http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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  20. You make this sound so easy...

    They look AMAZING. Whoopie Pies are also awesome so, you know, big hearts!

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  21. YUM! These look amazing, I love macaroons. Will definately be trying to make them now!
    Lianne x
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  22. The French girl that I am is really proud right now! Next time bloggers are having a picnic, you have to bring these!

    -Elodie x

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  23. Oh don't they look yummy!
    Will have to try this
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    S xx

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  24. My favourite! I am literally fascinated by this!!!!!!
    Good job!
    - Best regards from a true macaroon lover.
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    -JKal

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  25. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  26. wow look yummy! :) Irene Wibowo

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  27. Seriously!?! I'm bookmarking this post right now. My mouth is watering. Amazing job xo

    Carly

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  28. waaaa fun! those macarons looks delicious and pretty

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  29. I love macarons so much, they're delicious. Yours look amazing, I'm so terrified to attempt them for fear that they'll turn out looking very lumpy, but I may just have to give them a go.

    x

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  30. I really want to try making these. I'll book mark this page for a lazy sunday! They loo delicious!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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  31. They look delicious! I love the photos :)

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  32. Wow! These both look and sound delicious! It's making my tummy rumble just thinking about them, because they look so so nice! xxx

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  33. I've been wanting to make Macaroons for so long now! I'm terrible at baking but this recipe seems simple enough, might have to give it a go :) xx

    Abby | Beauty and a Blogger

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  34. Yummy! These look amazing and the quality of the pictures is so nice! I want to try this :D xx

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  35. My mouth. is. watering!!! You make these look so good.
    I have a Macaron book and it is a little complicated. I am definitely going to have a try.

    Yu-h-mm!
    xxx

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  36. Liv these look amazing! I've always struggled with macaroons but I'm definitely going to give this recipe a whirl!
    x

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  37. These look delicious! I need to try making them again, last time I but them too close together and they all moulded together into a giant macaron monster - that wasn't a fun day!
    Jodie xx | Future Freaks Me

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  38. Wowee! You make it look so easy (and glamourous, such immaculately painted finger nails while baking - how I envy!) I'm such a mess in the kitchen but I love to bake. I so want to try this! I've never eaten a macaroon, just admired how beautiful they look in shops!

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  39. Do you have an Instagram account? I would love to follow you there! :-D

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    1. Oh, great! <3 Now I found you! :-) @saties

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  40. Yummy :) thanks for posting this, been wanting to make them for forever and needed a tried and tested recipe :) look SO yummy!
    xo

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  41. Mmm, they look so nice! I've never tried them before but I think I want to after reading through this! X

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  42. I have yet to sample a macaron, i know crazy times. So if you happen to want to send any this way, i wouldnt mind at all ;) These look fab, so very pretty!!xxx

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  43. They look delicious, im going to give this a whirl and hope they end up like yours!


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  44. Thanks! This makes them sound not too complicated! Can't wait to try making them! xx

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  45. YUM! I fell in love with Macaroons when I visited Paris last spring, but I'd never thought about making them! I'll have to give them a try!

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    xx

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  46. I guess I´ve got to give them a try and simply hope that mine will turn out as divinely looking as yours!
    xx

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  47. I really want to try making these, such a cute post

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    x

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  48. They look delicious. I've always been to scared to try macaroons, but the step by step pictures really help so I'll have to try these!

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  49. OMG! These look so good! Defenitly going to try them. I wanted to find a good recepy for a while but it always came up with all sort of wierd ingridance. <3 xo

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  50. These look so yummy xxx Im definitely going to try making these xx

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  51. These look tasty, I might have a try x

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  52. I definitely need to make these!

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  53. They look both delightful and delicious darling - thank you for sharing. I've been meaning to make some of these but haven't gotten around to it - and all the recipes seem so complex but you made it sound simple and easy!

    Eda ♥

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  54. They look incredible! Macaroons are my favourite but i've always been afraid to try them before. I will have to try this recipe! x

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  55. These look great! I've had a couple of turns at making macarons with mixed results. This has made me reluctant to try again but after looking at these photos, I might need to have another go!

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  56. yummyy recipe! you are really a good pastry chef :)

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  57. Love macaroons, I have only found one place that sells them so I'll have to try this recipe and try baking them.
    Thankyou!
    xx

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  58. Oh my gosh they look amazing, I need to try these x

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  59. :O I HAVE TO MAKE/EAT THESE!! x

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  60. I have had so many macaroon disasters!
    These look absolutely great Olivia!
    Georgia, x

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  61. They look amazing! Will definitely be trying the receipe out! Love the photos too :)
    Kirsten
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  62. They look amazing! I will need to give this receipe a try. The photos are gorgeous too :)

    Kirsten
    Fergiesfashionfun.blogspot.co.uk

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  63. Mmmmh, they look delicious! I have to try it one day!

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  64. Ooh, these look lovely, and the recipe is really good. I love to bake, so I might be making some of these :) xx

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  65. These look incredible, and the recipe seems pretty easy to follow! xx

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  66. They look appetizing :D

    Love xx
    Melanie ~ www.mlncrd.com

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  67. salivating all over my life

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  68. I have to try this! I've made macarons once before, but failed miserably, they came out flat and soppy.. Time for a second try!
    -P.
    Bowtie Diary

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  69. Wow amazing I'm definitely going to save this recipe so I can make my myself :-)

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