Classic French Macarons

Today’s recipe is probably the most difficult recipe you will see on the blog but I had to share. I’m not sure if it’s the rainbow of color, the infinite list of possible flavors or the adorable two-bite size but I never have enough of those classic french macarons.

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It is definitely not the easiest pastry to make but with the good recipe and some patience you will do great, believe me !

Ready for the challenge?

Ingredients:

Meringue:

  • 80g (40gx2) egg white, at room temperature
  • 20g white sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt

For the sirup:

  • 100g sugar
  • 35g water

Mix of Almond Meal:

  • 100g almond meal
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • food coloring of your choice

* I recommend using grams and only grams for this recipe. You will need to be really precise and so it is best to use an electronic scale.

Utensils:

  • 2 baking sheets
  • parchment paper
  • template for macarons, here
  • cooking thermometer
  • electronic scale
  • mesh shieve

Method:

1 . Separate the egg whites: Weigh 40g egg whites 2 times and store them in the kitchen at room temperature in 2 small containers covered with plastic wrap.

2 . Prepare the almond meal mixture: grind almond meal with the powdered sugar in a food processor until fine. Sift the almond meal-powdered sugar mixture through a mesh sieve. This step is very important because it will define the smooth look of your macaron shells. Set aside.

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3 . Preheat the oven to 290ºF and position 2 racks in the lower section of the oven. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

4 . Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer), and begin to beat on medium-high. When the eggs are frothy, gradually add granulated sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until fully incorporated.

5 . Meanwhile, prepare the syrup. In a small pan, add 100g sugar and 35g water. Stir a little before turning to heat on over medium heat and immerse the cooking thermometer in it. Wait until the syrup increases temperature up to 230°F.

6 . When the syrup is at temperature, slow down the bowl mixer and slowly incorporate the boiling syrup by slowly pouring it on the edges of the bowl.  Continue to beat the egg white mixture for 10 minutes to let it cool.

7 . Add the last 40g egg white into the almond meal mixture and the food coloring of your choice.

8 . Add half of the sifted almond mixture, and gently fold it into the meringue using a flexible silicone spatula. Lift from the bottom, up around the sides, and toward the middle. Once the almond mixture is predominantly incorporated, add the second half and repeat the folding motion.

9 . When the almond mixture is just incorporated, you will need to transform the batter into the appropriate texture. Using the flat of the spatula, scrape batter from the sides to the center. You will need to repeat this until the batter slowly and continuously drips back into the bowl when you scoop it up with the spatula making like a « ribbon »

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10 . Pour batter into a pastry bag fitted with a 0.4-inch tip. On your prepared baking sheets, pipe out 1-inch rounds in the circles.

*You can place a macaron template under your parchment paper to help you make regular macarons. You can find my template here.

11 . Holding the baking sheet in both hands, rap each baking sheet firmly on the counter two or three times. This smooths out the tops and helps form the frilly foot on the bottoms of the macarons. Allow the piped macarons to dry, uncovered, for at least 20 minutes.

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12 . Bake for 13 minutes and then remove them from the oven, and let it cool. When fully cooled, assemble the macarons with your choice of filling. For those ones I chose strawberry jam !

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Upside down Apple Pie

Another Apple pie recipe!  This french classic is infused with caramel in every bite. Made with caramelized apples and baked upside down in a bed of caramel it is by far one of my favorite. If like me you also like apple pie you can also go check out my Yogurt Apple Cake and Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe ! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples peeled and thinly sliced ( pink lady or ganny smith)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 dough for pie crust

1 . Melt butter in a 10 inch spring form pan over medium to medium high heat.

2 . Add 1 cup sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until sugar is melted and begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat.

3 .  Nicely arrange apples around this edge of pan. Then, fill the middle with the remaining apples slices. Add a second layer of apple ( this second layer does not need to be pretty since you won’t see it after flipping the pie).

4 . At this point, the caramel might look like it’s hardened but that’s OKAY, it will loosen up as the cooking and baking proceed. Cover the pan with foil, put the pan back on heat and cook apple for 5 to 10 minutes, until apples have softened.

5 . Preheat oven to 400F. Remove pan from the heat and cover immediately with the pie dough (be careful not to burn yourself). Roll the edges of the dough against the edges of the pan. With the tip of a knife, drill a small hole in the center of the dough to allow the steam to escape.

5 . Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and then flip it. Scrape out any apples or caramel that might’ve stuck to skillet, and put them back into place on the tart. Don’t wait much longer or the caramel will stick to the pan.

Add some vanilla ice cream over that and you’ll be heaven.

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