My first ever experience of eating macarons was about five years ago when I was still at uni. I was in Harrods admiring all the things I couldn’t afford when I came across a patisserie stall selling macarons. Out of curiosity I bought a few, took my first bite and fell in love instantly. Since then had been on a quest to make them myself.
Why something so dainty would cause so much frustration I will never know. No wonder they cost so much! It’s taken me around 10-12 attempts to get it right but with patience, practice and persistence I got there. This challenge was definitely a test of character.
I know I typically share simpler recipes, but in a previous poll I did on my Instagram stories the majority expressed they are adventurous and are open to trying more challenging recipes. I then set myself a challenge to consistently make macarons at home for you to challenge yourself.
I have also written a blog – The Truth About Making Macarons. There are certain things recipe developers and bloggers won’t tell you when it comes to making macarons at home, and I recommend you read this before attempting to make them.
Fun Fact: Although we typically associate macarons with France, the actual country of is Italy. The first macarons were just cookies made of sugar, almond flour and egg whites. The word macaron is derived from the Italian word, maccherone, meaning fine dough. It’s believed the macaron was introduced to France by an Italian chef in the 1500’s. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s that the French adapted the recipe and popularised it to what it is today – two macaron cookies with a filling inbetween.
You can have any filling you want from chocolate ganache to a lemon curd buttercream.
For the macarons
150g almond flour
150g icing sugar, sifted
110 egg whites (divided into 55g), room temperature
½ tsp. gel food colouring (optional)
35g water (yes grams)
150g granulated sugar
For the vanilla buttercream filling
2 oz. unsalted butter softened,
8 oz. icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp. milk
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