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We’re adding macarons to our baking basics series!
These cute bunny macarons have a crispy shell with chewy interior, filled with less sweet berry mascarpone filling.
Learn how to make this decadent French dessert with some simple steps below!
I’m revisiting this post to update the pictures with more macaron tips for you to take note of! 🙂
Macarons are my favourite dessert! How about you?
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Macarons have long been well-known to be difficult to make! Some common problems include cracking, no feet, wrinkly top etc. After being in the baking business for 2 years and churning out many macarons for our customers, here are some tips that I have discovered!
(P.S.: This is not the recipe we use in the studio :p)
What Are Macarons?
Firstly, macarons are not macaroons. Macaroons are a type of coconut cookie. Macarons are delicate almond cookies filled with buttercream, ganache or fruity curd filling. They are crispy on the outside and with a chewy interior.
These little cookies are quite finicky – you will have to be very precise in the measurements, mixing method as well as the oven temperature, for them to be successful. To succeed in making these dainty little treats, practice making them often!
The Different Types of Macaron Methods
Macarons can be made in 3 ways: French, Italian or Swiss method.
Bakeries usually use the Italian method for its stability. That’s because you can prepare the batter in one single batch for different types of colors, and the batter mostly stay quite stable, even after leaving the batter aside for quite a while.
However this method can be a little challenging if you’re new to making macarons, as Italian macaron recipes require boiling the sugar syrup to a certain temperature, to be added to whip up the meringue.
French method is the method that I usually use for home baking, because it is so straightforward and easy to make. However, it is also the least stable method. I find that the meringue tends to deflate easily, meaning that it is not ideal to make a large batch and try to pipe and bake many trays of them.
Swiss method would be a little more stable than the French ones. It requires warming up the egg white + sugar over bain marie till 40C to 45C before whipping the meringue.
If you’re new to making macarons, you can start by trying the easiest method – the French method.
How To Make These Bunny Macarons?
We will first sieve together icing sugar and ground almond. There might be large pieces of ground almond that will not go through the sieve. If the amount if not a lot, you can just discard them. Take note to not force the large pcs through the sieve.
Then, whisk the egg white and sugar to stiff peaks.
The ground almond mixture will be folded into the meringue in 2 batches. After that, we will continue folding (macaronage) until the batter is smooth and flowy.
Once the batter is ready, we will pipe into round shapes. For the bunny ears, we will just pipe 2 longish dollops on the top part of 7 shells. The rest of the shells can remain as round shape.
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- Use a weighing scale: As mentioned earlier, making macarons need a very precise measurement of the ingredients, so make sure you get a weighing scale to measure out the ingredients.
- Macaronage: This is the part where we work the macaron batter till it is smooth, shiny and flowing (lava-like consistency).
- Ground Almond: It is important to get finely ground almond, which can be sieved through easily. It is also important that you do not press the ground almond too hard against the sieve, as this may make the ground almond to release some of their “oil”, affecting the final bake. If you didn’t manage to get finely ground almond, you can always try to use a food processor to give the ground almond some blitz.
- Drying: You will need to let the macaron batter dry before baking. The drying can take about 20-40 mins, depending on the weather. If this is your first time in trying macarons, you might want to try making them on sunny days, as humidity doesn’t work very well for macaron making.
- Parchment Paper: I find the brand Glad works best for me. I don’t have great experience with Silpat mats. But then again, you can always try out the different types of parchment/silicon/teflon paper to see what works best for you!
- Practice: With macarons, you will need some patience and a lot of practices 🙂