Macarons - First Attempt

As  you know I love baking and cooking, but somehow my things never look as nice as in the picture. After seeing nothing else than macarons in the last year and reading anywhere that they're very difficult to make and you will fail for sure the first time you make them, I finally took a dare nonetheless. 

After reading about four hundred different recipes I made up something myself:
- 2 egg whites
- 200 grams of confectioners sugar
- 200 grams of almond meal

This morning I separated the egg whites from the yolks and let it rest for three hours. 

First I mixed the egg whites for a couple of minutes before I added all of the sugar at once. I mixed until the egg whites were stiff enought to turn the bowl upside down without losing the egg whites. After that I folded in the almond meal, until the mix was smooth. 

With a tea spoon (first note to self, but I think you can use this one, too: pipe to make perfectly round macaron shells instead of using a spoon) I made little heaps of egg white on baking paper and let it rest for half an hour. The outside of the egg white has to be dry before you put them in the oven, I read somewhere. 
I preheated the oven at 150 degrees Celsius and baked the macaron shells for fifteen minutes. 

Not all of the macarons came out of the oven the way they should be. One had too much air in it, I think, so it kind of burst in the middle. Others had a top that slided of the bottom. And because of using a spoon instead of piping, some weren't perfectly round. But all in all I'm not dissatisfied for a first attempt. Not dissatisfied at all. 


 After baking them I let them rest until room temperature. In the meantime I made the filling. I really like the taste of coffee, so I made a butter cream with coffee to fill them.
- 125 grams of butter
- 100 grams of confectioners sugar
- 2,5 grams of espresso powder

Mix the ingredients until smooth. Fill the macarons with the butter cream.



Well, to be honest I have no idea how macarons should taste, because I never ate them before, but I love my own version anyhow.  A bit too sweet, so I will use a little less sugar the next time, but still yummie. 



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Oh, if they all come nice out of the oven, you can make twenty macarons with these amounts of ingredients.

This week I will buy some macarons at the pastry store, just to compare. I will let you know!

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Comments

  1. these look amazing i had one-one magical, delicious macaron-and all i wanted to do was have more, but in france. that happened 2 weeks ago, and seriously, i have thought of little else since.

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    1. Hahaha, so that means you have to go back to Paris? Seems a really good reason to me! Paris is great!

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  2. Wow, you did brilliantly! I consider myself quite an accomplished cook, but I'm still scared of Macarons....hehehe...xxx

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    1. Well, I tried again last week and I have to admit that my second attempt was a disaster, haha!

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  3. Way to go! They look wonderful!

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  4. These look soo tasty! I never made macarons either, and I keep telling myself I`ll make them this week...I`ll make them this week. Truth is, I`m a little bit scared of the disaster that could become :))
    Congrats! Your really look good!

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  5. These look so good! I have heard that macarons are difficult to bake and it looks like you met with success! :-) Checking these sweet bites out from think pink Sunday!
    Cathy

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    1. First time I did, but second time they didn't turn out so great, haha!

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  6. I have long wanted to attempt macarons myself! Haven't dared to try yet but it may be a project in the near future. Yours came out so well!! they look delicious! Found you at Bouquet of Talent!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  7. You did a great job with your macaron! I've always wanted to try making it but I get too intimidated. Hope I'd get the courage to try it soon.

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    1. Hope it for you, too, because they're so delicious!

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  8. I have been meaning to try these for months now. Yours look great! I need to find some time to try them out!

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  9. Macarons have been on my bucket list for a very long time. I think I need to get going. I love the idea of coffee flavor. Pinning.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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  10. OMG that's you first attempt, they came out gorgeous! I'm embarrassed to even showcase my first attempt, they were flat as can be, most yummy. Thanks for sharing these tempting delicious macarons!

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    1. It's just beginners luck, I guess. The second attempt didn't look so great, haha!

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  11. These are brilliant for.your first attempt they look perfect. It took me ages to get it right. Well done x

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  12. They look like they turned out pretty great! I'm so impressed you just did your own recipe!

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  13. I really want to try making macarons too. Yours look perfect!

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  14. Very nice for your first attempt! I've been on a bit of a crusade to learn all there is about these cookies. Hopping over from Fluster's Creative Muster.

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  15. They look great! Macarons are so much fun to make. Honestly they are pretty sweet no matter what, even when you buy them from a bakery ... I'd be interested if you found a way to make them a bit less so though!

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  16. I have been wanting to make them for so long and just haven't done it. They look amazing :)

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  17. Oh WOW! I think these look absolutely AMAZING! I have never made macarons..you make it look soo easy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! I would love for you to link up at Party in Your PJs

    http://www.thecookiepuzzle.com/2014/05/party-in-your-pjs-1.html

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment!

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  18. It looks like a success! xoxo I have wanted to learn to make them, because I buy them for my daughter; they are gluten-free.

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  19. You did a amazing job! I bought these things in the freezer section and they were so delicate they were all broken. After I saw how they looked in person I would never attempt to make them. Great job!

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