Je Ne Sais Quoi: Homemade Macarons

Je Ne Sais Quoi: Homemade Macarons

| Maddalena D'Apolito

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. 

Ingredients
For about 20 macarons

For the dough:

75gr of egg whites

150g icing sugar

80g almond flour

20g sugar

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


Preparation

  • 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. 

Storage

Macarons can be stored for a couple of days in your snack bag in a cool, dry place.

Et voilà! Here are the macarons for your special night. Feel like in Paris - also during lockdown. 

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