French Macaron – The Most Coveted Cookie in France
Among all the culinary gifts the French have bestowed upon the world, the French Macaron is one of the most uniquely flavoured and delicately styled desserts we have ever seen. Who could stand to declare that the crunchy-on-top and chewy-in-the-middle cookies sandwiched with flavoured butter crème, jams or marmalades doesn’t make their mouths water? Not Us!
While the European region, especially Paris, has a high demand for the colourful and scrumptious confections made with a layer of filling between two, perfectly baked, meringue cookies; In the USA and here in the UK we have also started to widely accept the dessert as one of the most delicious French delicacies. Many people are no longer strangers to the many colours and ingredients that can be used to slightly alter the flavour and appearance of these amazing treats. Some are hailing Wedding French macarons as the ‘new cupcake’ and the biggest wedding dessert trend since the little fairy cake got so popular..
The French delight is commonly confused with the Macaroon, which is another coconut cookie that comes with a similar name, but the recipes and ingredients in both the desserts are entirely different. While the French Macaron is light and still temptingly sweet, the Macaroon is a hard and crunchy cookie that is packed with coconuts and sugar. You can read here about what you should really call them as it’s a tad confusing.
We will share a few tips and a recipe with you that can help you ensure that whatever flavour you choose, you always end up with the yummiest and most presentable French Macarons on your oven trays at the end of the day.
Tip 1 – Sift, Sift, and Sift Some More!
The first step to making some beautiful Macarons is that you combine some Almond meal and powdered sugar, and this mixture really is the heart of the cookie. But what most of us end up doing is mixing together large pieces of almond and sugar that haven’t been properly grounded and the batter becomes rough; which in turn will result in rough textured cookies. You don’t want that, we don’t want that, nobody wants that! So instead, when you combine the two ingredients together, make sure you run it through a sieve and use a spoon to see if the mixture has a fine powdery texture. This will help you get the smooth, beautiful top to your Macaron when you’re baking and still make your cookies really light!
Tip 2 – The Mixtures Must Be Mixed!
The two cornerstones of a beautiful Macaron are a mixture of your egg whites, granulated sugar, food colour, and the mixture of flour and sugar that you originally sifted into a fine powder. But the problem lies where the both the mixtures are combined; while some will over-mix the batter so that it becomes really fine and spreads on the sheets, some will end up not mixing well enough and have rough, granulated Macarons that crack to work with at the end of the day. The secret to a perfect Macaron is finding the right consistency and a balance. You have to make sure that you mixture is thin enough to spill from the spoon but isn’t liquid enough that it spreads on the oven trays.
Tip 3 – Yes, Knock That Tray on the Kitchen Counter!
A great tip to always keep handy is bang your tray on top of the kitchen counter as many times as it takes to pop the trapped air bubbles inside the small cookies, but not too much that it deforms the originally intended shape of the cookie. The presence of air bubbles inside the Macarons can cause them to crack while baking, and you could end up with a perfectly baked, ‘ruined’ French Macaron. So once you have set up your cookies on the parchment paper, bang the tray lightly on top of the counter till you start to see all the little air bubbles escape, and you’re ready to pop them in the oven.
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