Macarons

The first time I tried these famous French cookies, half the batter ended up streaming down the kitchen cupboard; 1/4 flattened out and became slivers of baked meringue; and the remaining 1/4 turned out wonderfully!!

This is a cookie I strive to perfect and maybe I will someday. But for now, I leave you with some extensive research from the hard work of others!

The fillings are adapted, but the basic cookie has been carefully chosen for ease. Perhaps after perfection, I can adapt for additional characteristics.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. If no baking mat is available, place baking paper on a flat cookie sheet.
  2. Beat egg whites and gel food coloring until mixture is foamy; beat in white sugar and continue beating until egg whites are glossy, fluffy, and hold soft peaks. Sift confectioners’ sugar and almond flour in a separate bowl and gently fold the almond mixture into the egg whites.
  3. Spoon a small amount of batter into a plastic bag, or pastry bag, with a small corner cut off and pipe a test disk of batter, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, onto prepared baking sheet. If the disk of batter holds a peak instead of flattening immediately, gently fold the batter a few more times and retest.
  4. When batter is mixed enough to flatten immediately into an even disk, spoon into a pastry bag fitted with a plain round tip. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheet in rounds, leaving space between the disks. Let the piped cookies stand out at room temperature until they form a hard skin on top, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 285 degrees F (140 degrees C).
  6. Bake cookies until set but not browned, about 10 minutes; let cookies cool completely before filling.

Filling Recipe:

Almond Cream Cheese

  1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, syrup, almond extract, and salt. Beat until smooth, then fold in whipped cream.

Also Visit: http://www.indulgewithmimi.com/macaron-filling-ideas/ for tips and ideas! There are countless options out there.

Assembly:

Pair equally sized macarons. Place approximately 1 tsp filling on flat surface of one cookie. Place flat surface of matching cookie on top to form a sandwich.

Adapted from:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/223234/macaron-french-macaroon/
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/19108/whipped-cream-cream-cheese-frosting/

Continue Reading and Perfecting:
http://bakeitoff.blogspot.de/2009/10/macarons-tips-tricks-and-how-to.html
http://bravetart.com/blog/MacaronMyths
http://www.indulgewithmimi.com/macaron-filling-ideas/

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