Looking to buy macaroons online? Head to our macaroons collectionto see our delicious treats!To some people, French or Italian may not mean anything when it comes to macarons. To some other people, it might even seem confusing. What we're referring to here is the method adopted while making macarons. Yeah yeah they're supposedly French macarons, but we're all the way Italian in our chosen method of making them.
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Sift ground almonds and icing sugar together. If grinding your own almonds, do it with the icing sugar so that it doesn't turn to butter
Boil the granulated sugar and water together to reach a syrup just before the "hard-boil" stage at 118 degrees, while simultaneously whipping the first measure of egg whites on medium speed
Once the sugar syrup has reached 118 degrees, reduce the speed of the mixer and pour the syrup down the side of the bowl in a steady stream (otherwise you risk getting omelette-y lumps and/or hot syrup splattered everywhere)
Bring the speed back up to medium to whip the egg whites to a stiff meringue. Pour the second measure of the egg whites with any colouring of choice onto the dry almond-icing sugar mix in a heavy-based mixing bowl
Fold the meringue in using gentle and firm strokes, scraping from all the sides of the bowl and pulling the spatula through the middle to incorporate all ingredients and to reach a smooth and shiny cake-batter like consistency
Pour two-three ladles of batter into the prepared piping bag and use this handy template below to help pipe perfect pretty round domes. Once piped a whole tray, tap firmly against the work-surface to pop out any trapped air bubbles and let rest for 20 minutes before baking
Print this on A4 sheet of paper, cut baking parchment to size and place on top of template on a baking tray. Pipe batter to fill outlines evenly, and once a full tray is piped tap the tray against the work surface, slide out the template and leave to rest
Happy baking lovers, Reshmi xoxo
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