This is what I did tuesday afternoon: making home made macarons. They're all gone now, but still, I wanted to share the recipe and maybe some tips with you since I for one never thought making your own macarons was possible (I thought I'd leave it to the pro's from Ladurée or Pierre Hermé or...), but in fact: IT'S TOTALLY DOABLE! Here's how you can make your own.
This is a recipe for apricot/lavender macarons from this book and here's what you'll need:
- 190g of hazelnut powder (if you can't find this, you can just as well use almond powder)
- 310g of icing sugar
- 150g of egg whites
- 95g of granulated sugar
- orange food colouring
- lavender flowers
- 250g of apricot jam
Ok, so this is our goal! Mine didn't look quite as orange as these did, but my food colouring wasn't that good. I'm told gel food colouring is much better than the ones I used so if you can get those: go for it!
Preheat your oven to 150° (that's Celcius on this end of the world!), mix the nut powder with your icing sugar in a bowl. Take another bowl to put your egg whites in and beat them with a hand mixer untill they're fluffy and stiff. While you're doing this, you're going to add the granulated sugar in 3 go's. Mix in the food colouring while you're at it.
Carefully(!) mix in the egg whites with the icing sugar & nut powder untill it's really really smooth. Lay out a silicon mat on an oven plate. You can also use parchment paper in stead of the silicon mat, but I found that the ones on the silicon mat preserved their round shape much better whereas the paper ones were all crooked and ... un-macaron like. Take a piping bag and pour in the mixture and use this to make little round macarons (don't put them too close to each other!)
All right so by now, your kitchen scene should resembe the above picture.
Bake these babies for about 9-10 minutes, take them out of the oven and let them cool off for at least 30 minutes. If you don't wait long enough you're going to ruin EVERYTHING so please don't do that.
Next, you're going to need apricot jam (mom's home made jam of course!) & lavender flowers (picked from our garden). The recipe says to mix the flowers with the jam, but these things have a LOT of flavour, so I decided to just put a few of them on the top of the macaron.
Ooh, an educational gif. So yes, this is what happens to the jam + cookies. It's easier to pair up ALL your macarons beforehand, just lay them out on your counter. Your macarons won't be 100% the same, so the most important thing is to just have a top & bottom that fits and in the end, it doesn't matter if you have large & small & middle sized macarons as long as tops & bottoms are paired up nicely.
And there you have it.. BOOYA! HOME MADE BABY!
To finish off, just put a drop of jam on top of the macaron and throw on some lavender flowers. Done & done! Happy munching :)!