Until I made these I had never had a french macaron and most likely would have no idea what they were if I wasn’t on a cooking message board. They are suppose to be this very hard to accomplish, pain in the butt treat. So when the challenge was brought to me I went for it. I’m happy to report that mine grew feet which is good, they aren’t as big as they should of been, but they were there. I also didn’t blend my almond meal enough so there was almond pieces in it, next time I know better.
These are delicious and I can’t wait to make some more combos.
French Macarons (From: Martha Stewart)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- Pinch of cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 2 oz egg whites (2 large egg whites or about 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks butter unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp almond extract
Lightly whisk egg whites and sugar together over simmering water until egg-white mixture is hot to touch or a candy thermometer reads 140°F (60°C).
Pour hot whites into a room-temperature bowl and whip with a wire whip until double in volume on MEDIUM-HIGH speed. When the mixer stops, the meringue should not move around in the bowl. Meanwhile cut up butter into 2-inch pieces. (The butter should be slightly moist on the outside but cold inside.)
On your mixer, remove the whip and attach the paddle. Add half the butter into the bowl immediately and pulsate the mixer several times until the meringue has covered the butter completely. To pulsate the mixer, turn it on and off in a jerky motion. This forces the butter on the top to the bottom of the bowl. Add the balance of the butter and pulsate mixer several times. Slowly increase the mixer’s speed, starting with the lowest speed and increase the speed every 10 seconds until you reach a MEDIUM-HIGH speed.
Continue beating until the mixture begins to look light and fluffy. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl. Reduce speed to LOW. Add flavoring and continue to beat on LOW speed for 45 seconds. Then beat on MEDIUM-HIGH speed for an additional 45 to 60 seconds.
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