Saturday, June 22, 2013

Everybody loves macarons!

Ladruee's Macaron Recipe
 Macaron shells
2 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp (275g) ground almonds
2 cups + 1 tbsp (250g) confectioners sugar
6 egg whites + half and egg white
1 cup + 1 tbsp (210g) granulated sugar
1. combine the ground almonds and confectioners sugar in a food processor and pulse to obtain a fine powder. then strain through a sieve to remove any lumps.
2. in a clean dry bowl, whisk 6 egg whites to a foam. once they are frothy, add a third of the granulated sugar and whip until sugar is dissolved then add another third of the granulated sugar and whip for another minute, finally add the remaining granulated sugar and whip for 1 more minute.
using a rubber spatula, delicately fold in the sifted mixture of ground almonds and confectioners sugar into the whipped egg whites. in a separate bowl whip the remaining egg white until just frothy, then add to the mixture folding it in gently to loosen the batter.
  3. transfer mixture to a piping bag fitted with a plain tip. on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, pipe small macaron rounds 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 in diameter. lightly tap the sheet so the macarons spread fully.
  preheat oven to 300f/ 150c or gas mark 2 allow the macarons to sit uncovered for 10 minutes and then place them in the oven,bake for approximately 15 minutes until they form a slight crust.
4. remove from oven and with a small glass carefully pour a tiny amount of water in between the baking sheet and the parchment paper (lift the paper ever so slightly corner by corner).
the moisture and steam that result from the water on the hot baking sheet will allow the macarons to peel of easily once they are cool.
do not pour too much water or the macarons could become soggy.
allow them to cool completely.
there are lots of different fillings you could use for macarons.
to make the almond ones from the Laduree book you will need
150g butter
320g almond paste
120g unsweetened almond pulp (or heavy cream)
80ml whipping cream
1. cut the butter into small pieces. put in a heat proof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water and soften until creamy, without allowing it to melt.
in a large bowl, thin the almond paste by mixing it with the almond pulp, add the chilled cream and softened butter and beat on high speed with an electric whisk.
spoon the cream into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip and pipe on to one of the shells and sandwich another on top.
keep macarons in an airtight container in the fridge for 12 hours before tasting. this is because during this time a reaction takes place among the ingredients further enhancing the flavor and texture.
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