|a poor picture taken in haste with my IPhone|
Almost every night we would share 1 macaroon as we strolled around the warm streets after dinner. I must say we were very good in controlling ourselves!
I have always heard that macaroons are so hard to make so I had always put of trying.
As I was watching Lorraine Pascale on TV last night I thought it was time to give it a go.
At least her method makes it really easy:
125 grams of icing sugar with
125 grams of finely ground almonds (I had a bag of ready ground almonds ready)
40 gram egg whites (it is important to weigh the egg whites)
Add food colouring, if you want (I didn't have any to hand)
In a clean bowl, whisk
40 grams of egg white till they are semi-stiff peaks
In a pan:
melt 110 grams of sugar and
2 tablespoons of water
and let it become syrupy (about 115 degrees if you have a thermometer)
Add the sugar syrup to the egg whites and whisk briskly till it is all shiny and stiff
Finally, combine the egg whites with the almond paste and stirr well.
Fill a piping bag and pipe small circles onto a baking parchment about 2 cm apart.
Once the tray was full I slammed it 2 or 3 times on a flat surface and this flattened them.
Leave the uncooked macaroons to set forming a nice skin on them for about 30 mins before baking them on 170 degrees for 12-15 mins.
I didn't have any particular filling to hand, but just used some jam and sandwiched them together two and two (Lorraine used whipped cream).
I was really pleased with this quick attempt and they were an instant hit!
Now I want find a good recipe for our favourite filling from France - salted caramel!
Anybody got any tips?