We all go through cravings/fetishes at some point in time. Some times they are shoe related, or clothing related or food related! Unlike clothing related fetishes, baking fetishes often take time and energy to perfect. You can't quite buy the item and then be content. There often is a burning desire to become competent in baking that particular item. For a while I was obsessed with making waffles as my previous post highlights. Lately, it has been the pursuit of making the elusive macaron!
- 5g dehydrated egg white powder (albumen)
- 27g granulated sugar
- 1g of cream of tartar
- 225g confectioners (powdered) sugar
- 125g almond meal
- 100g aged egg whites
- Measure and mix together albumen, granulated sugar and cream of tartar in a bowl and set aside.
- Place aged egg whites into mixing bowl (ensure it is perfectly clean) and begin beating egg whites on low speed until foamy.
- Once egg whites are foamy (they should look bubbly and white), slowly add in mixture from step 1 and beat on medium speed (speed 5/6 on KA).
- Beat until a firm meringue forms. Do a check by stopping the mixer and tilting the head back to check the firmness of the peak. If a peak stays up, then you are done. Ensure that they are not stiff or foamy since that means you have gone too far!
- Add in food colouring (gel colouring is best) with a toothpick. Stir until uniform in colour.
- Add almond mixture into meringue mixture.
- Stir with paddle attachment on Kitchen Aid for 10 seconds then stop.
- Unhinge mixing bowl and stir rest with a spatula until magma-like consistency.
- Put batter into piping bag with large piping tip (I used Wilton 1A tip).
- Lay Silpat or Silicon baking sheet on baking pan.
- Pipe circles a little larger than a quarter coin size onto Silpat (or Silicon Baking Sheet)
- Smack the baking pan against the floor with both hands to force air bubbles to the top.
- Poke air bubbles with toothpick.
- Let it rest for 30 minutes (I discovered this varies with humidity, on a really dry day you only need 15 minutes) until skin forms on the macaron surface.
- Preheat oven to 290F (this temperature depends on the size of your macarons and type of oven, I have a standard NON-convection oven).
- Place the baking pan into the oven and set a timer for 7 minutes.
- At 7 minutes, rotate the baking pan (this is to try and get even heating for all the macarons. Some instructions have said you should create a tent above the baking pan to prevent browning but did not seem necessary for my oven.
- After another 7 minutes, I rotated the pan once more and baked for 1 more minute.
- Let it cool on the baking sheet before removing from baking sheet.
Here are my Macs for the Mac Attack #24 Pinktober Macarons
Strawberry Jam Buttercream
For the buttercream recipe, I used a Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe. Since the buttercream recipe makes a massive amount, I cut it down to the following amounts using the same technique.
- less than 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3 1/2 tbsp (50 grams) of strawberry jam