Monday, 19 April 2010

52 Weeks of Baking - Week Three

I decided for week 3 to bake French Macaroons. I have never had a French macaroon before but I've seen pictures of them on the web and they look fab. I have also read that they can be tricky to get right. Personally, I like a challenge but I do find it hard following recipes to the letter.
Looking through several recipes and learning the difference between the Italian and French method. I took stock, got my ingredients and was rearing to go. 
Alas, problems before I had even started -
  1. I bought a bag of 100g ground almond, the recipe required 125g -  Ooops!
  2. Wasn't sure if confectioner or fine sugar was the same as icing sugar
  3. Didn't get any cream of tartar
  4. Used 3 egg whites, the recipe asked for a 100g of egg white
  5. Had no egg white powder
I followed the recipe, I found ages ago but cant remember the link. I think I might have scaled it down for a quick read. So if anyone recognises this recipe, could you let me Know so I can post the link tanx.
below is the recipe I used:
125g. almond powder

225g. icing sugar sifted
100g. egg whites 
5 g     egg white powder
1/4    tsp cream of tartar
70g.  granulated or caster sugar

  1. pulse icing sugar and almonds in food processor and sift
  2. whisk eggs with egg powder and cream of tartar till white & foamy
  3. keep mixing whites on high speed until the eggs increase in size and soft peaks form
  4. add sugar a tablespoon at a time but drop it in slowly, mix well.
  5. add the dry ingredients
  6. fill pastry bag with a medium plain nozzle and pipe small balls onto a baking tray lined with parchment. 
  7. leave out to dry for 20 mins. 
  8. bake at 150 degrees for 13 mins.
I have included some pictures below 
I had this crazy idea to bake the macaroons in cupcake paper, don't ask!  
I tested one of the baked macaroon after the required baking time and it had develop a hard shell but was mushy inside. I've never had a macaroon before so couldn't tell if this was OK.  
Then I baked it for a few more minutes, big mistake, the colour looked burnt on the outside. 
The middle was very sticky and came apart. The colour looked better on the inside
I managed to sandwich two halves together and got them looking a bit presentable. However, they were yummy but a bit too sweet for me but the kids loved them [I think its the sugar talking ;D]
I will definitely try to bake macaroons again. I might substitute the almond nuts as I'm not big on almonds or try these recipes below.

Mini Pistachio and Chocolate Macaroons
Creme Brulee French Almond Macaroons 

Fig-Pecan Macaroons: 

Pecan Macaroons:                                                                                                                                                 

I would love to hear all about your French Macaroon successes or disasters or if you have tried any of the recipes listed above. Till then, take care and God bless ;D


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  2. Ooooh yummy! I don't think I have ever tried a French Macaroon before. I do hope they turn out delicious for you!

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    I've never tried making macaroons before, but I have heard they are one of the hardest things to make, and I've had a few cooking disasters myself!

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    yummy macaroons

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  6. I've never tried to make macaroons but so much baking can be so hit and miss. Good for you for trying a difficult , temperamental recipe. LOve the colors!
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  7. Those look so tasty! Now I want a maccaroon. :D

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  9. I've never tried to make macaroons, but I do happen to have a big bag of ground almonds ...

  10. Your photos are incredible! I've been trying to cook more for my family, so I'll have to try these.

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  11. They look great!
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  12. Oooooh! They look so good and a 52 week baking challenge. Good Luck!
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  13. I think the paper cups are a nice touch!

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