Je Ne Sais Quoi: Homemade Macarons
We can already feel it: love is in the air.
After all, 14 February, Valentine's Day, is also getting closer and closer. A wonderful day to celebrate love and surprise your better half with a little something.
Give yourself a gift or charm your crush with something nice.
Homemade macarons can be made using a quick and easy recipe. In fact, after preparing the dough, you can put it directly into a piping bag and make small piles of dough to be filled after baking.
For the dough:
75gr of egg whites
150g icing sugar
80g almond flour
food colouring as required - you can find it in all supermarkets where there are all the decorations for cakes.
For the filling:
150g raspberry jam
125gr of butter
- Sift the almond flour with the icing sugar until it is very fine.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff with a pinch of salt.
- Add the almond flour and sugar mixture to the beaten egg whites and mix gently.
- Add the food colouring and mix gently so as not to dislodge the egg whites.
- Put the mixture into a pastry bag and form small piles (about 2 cm) on a baking tray lined with backing paper.
- Leave to rest for 5 minutes before baking at 150°C on the lower part of the oven.
- Cooking time is about 10-12 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Prepare the cream:
- In a small saucepan, heat jam and butter until almost boiling. Remove and let stand. When it begins to be compact with a teaspoon put some on 1 macaron side. Take the other and combine by pressing gently.
Macarons can be stored for a couple of days in your snack bag in a cool, dry place.