Mmmmm… Macarons!

I tried my hand at macarons for the first time ever on Tuesday night. I’d wandered into Easons on the way home and picked up a new book, Les Petits Macarons.

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In a fit of absolute baking compulsion I picked up the ingredients for a basic macaron and buttercream recipe on the way home and decided to give them a go.

I’d picked up silicon macaron mats on a previous adventure so I was good to go once I got home.

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The first step was choosing a method to make my macarons. I went with the French meringue method out of sheer laziness, I was already going to be messing with the sugar thermometer for the buttercream…

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When I got to the macaronnage stage I decided to throw in some raspberry flavouring and pink food colouring.

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Then came the piping, I’d read the recipe and it had said 40 macarons. I thought that meant twenty pairs of forty shells. No. It was very definitely 80 shells… I thought ot would never end… Once they were piped I’d to bang the trays off the table. That got rid of any air bubbles and the little tails from piping.

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When I took them out of the oven I was only delighted. They had feet! I’d never made macarons before but I understood this was of vital importance!

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I filled them with a vanilla buttercream and brought them into work the next day! And I’ll definitely be making them again!

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