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Macaron Making 101

Almond flavored macarons filled with buttercream

In today's Culinary Arts class, students were taught an in-depth beginner’s guide to making the best homemade French macarons.

Using this fool proof kitchen-tested recipe, along with plenty of tips, techniques, and tools, and before they knew it, our students were biting into a crisp but chewy outer shell of deliciousness with a delectable creamy filling. Then giving themselves a pat on the back for a job well done!

I highly recommend using a digital scale for measuring out the ingredients for the cookie part of his recipe. You will get the best results while maintaining consistency.

Ingredients For the Cookie

100 grams egg whites room temperature

140 grams almond flour

90 grams granulated sugar just under

130 grams powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

For the Buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter softened

5 egg yolks

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 tbsp. water

1 pinch salt

Instructions For the Macarons:

Sift the confectioners sugar and almond flour into a bowl.

Add the room temperature egg whites into a very clean bowl.

Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites. Once they begin to foam add the cream of tartar and then SLOWLY add the granulated sugar.

Add the food coloring (if desired) and vanilla then mix in. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

Begin folding in the 1/3 of the dry ingredients.

Be careful to add the remaining dry ingredients and fold gently.

The final mixture should look like flowing lava, and be able to fall into a figure eight without breaking. Spoon into a piping bag with a medium round piping tip and you’re ready to start piping.

Pipe one inch dollops onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this should be glued down with dabs of batter). Tap on counter several times to release air bubbles. Allow to sit for about 40 minutes before placing in oven.

Bake at 300F for 12-15 minutes, rotate tray after 7 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing from baking sheet.

For the French Buttercream Filling:

Combine sugar and water in medium saucepan. Heat over low heat while stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium- high and bring to a boil

Put egg yolks in a stand-mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and beat until thick and foamy.

Cook the sugar and water syrup until it reaches 240 degrees F. Immediately remove from heat. With mixer running, SLOWLY drizzle hot syrup into bowl with yolks.

Continue mixing until the bottom of the bowl is cool to the touch and the yolk mixture has cooled to room temperature.

Add in butter one cube at a time allowing each piece to incorporate before adding the next. Add vanilla and salt. Continue mixing until buttercream is smooth and creamy. (About 5-6 minutes.) Add raspberry puree and continue mixing until well combined.

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