When Costco has a sale on baking goods, you can be sure to find me there… just buying random ingredients to use in my baking experiments. I happened to find a huge bag of almond meal two weeks ago, and without a second thought it was in my trolley.
Once unpacked the bag of almond meal stared at me for days on end, every time I opened the pantry. I just didn’t know what I was going to make with it.
That was until last weekend, when I suddenly thought of Macarons. I had not made these delicious cookies for months, and wasn’t sure I would get the recipe right after so long…
As it turns out though, the recipe worked a treat, and these Macarons were an absolute hit!
Have a go at making your own Macarons! You can change the colours and flavours as preferred. And remember, if at first you don’t succeed, just try it again! Practice makes perfect!
Blueberry Macarons Recipe:
1 3/4 cups of icing sugar sifted
1 cup almond meal sifted
3/4 cups caster sugar
1 tsp salt
3 large egg whites at room temperature
Pinch of cream of tartar
1/2 tsp blueberry flavouring oil
Gel food colouring (navy, super black and violet)
Buttercream Filling Ingredients:
1 cup butter
2 cups sifted icing sugar
1/2 tsp blueberry essence oil
Gel food colouring (violet)
1. Sift the almond meal and icing sugar together into a bowl. Add the salt.
2. Whip the egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy, and then gradually add in the caster sugar and whip until you see stiff peaks. (You should be able to hold the bowl over your head upside down without the mixture falling out).
3. Fold the almond meal and icing sugar mixture into the meringue mixture until combined.
4. Add a few drops of colour and the blueberry flavouring to your macaron mixture and gently fold through. Be careful not to over mix.
5. Pipe the mixture into rounds on a baking sheet, and allow them to rest for approximately 20 to 30 mins or until the top of the cookies are dried out.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees, for approximately 15 – 20 mins, rotating the tray halfway through. The cookies are done when they easily peel off the baking sheet.
7. To make the buttercream, while the butter until light and creamy, and then add the icing sugar. Beat the ingredients together, until combined. Add the colour, and flavouring.
8. Once cooled, pipe the buttercream onto one half of the cookie, and using another half, sandwich the two together.
I hope you have enjoyed this post, and that you have a go at making these Macarons for your loved ones! If you would like to collaborate with me, or, if you would like to make any suggestions or even provide some feedback, please feel free to contact me.
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Until next time…. happy baking!
xxx Nazzy Baker xxx