French Macarons with Raspberry Buttercream

Over the past few weeks, I have come across some wonderful macaron creations in blogs, be it Daring Bakers' Challenge or otherwise-Masterpieces, I must say!I have admired the Daring Bakers all along and I am simply awed by the cookies/cakes they bake and every time I want to join, I cannot muster the courage.
They don't call it a challenge for no reason, do they?I have tried making Milan cookies and as you can guess,they were in no shape to pose for my camera!The french macarons, on the other hand, tasted fantastic although the shape was slightly flat or should I say without feet as they call it in the DB circle?My guess, I made some mistake while whipping up the egg whites .Once you start eating these macarons, you cannot stop with one!

I have given you the exact recipe and procedure from the site and the link to the site.
Yields 30 two-inch cookies
From chef Alex Trouan, L'Artisan Macaroon

2 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 cup almond meal
5 egg whites
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Red food coloring

Filling
1/2 cup egg whites
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 pound room-temperature butter
3/4 cup raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 325°.
Sift confectioners' sugar, then add to almond meal in a bowl.
Whip egg whites with salt on medium speed until foamy. Increase the speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar. Continue to whip until stiff peaks form - the whites should be firm and shiny. Add a few drops of food coloring and keep whipping until desired hue is reached.

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With a rubber spatula, gently fold in confectioners' sugar and almond meal into egg whites until completely incorporated. The mixture should be shiny and flow into itself when folded. When small peaks dissolve to a flat surface, stop mixing. Be careful to not over mix.

Fit a piping bag with 3/8-inch round tip (or bigger size for large macaroons). On a few sheets of parchment paper, draw circles 1-2 inches in diameter 1-2 inches apart. Flip the parchment paper over so the penciled side is on the bottom. Fit one baking sheet inside another one to double the insulation, then place the parchment paper into the baking sheet. (The doubled baking sheet facilitates smooth macaroons.)

Starting in the center of each circle, pipe the filling onto the circles, extending the filling out to the edge of each circle.
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Bake 17-20 minutes. Remove macaroons from the oven. Let cool on baking sheets. When completely cool, slide a metal regular or offset spatula or paring knife underneath the macaroons to remove from the parchment.

For the filling: Warm egg whites and sugar over a double boiler until the sugar is dissolved. Transferred to a standing mixer and whip until cool. Once cool (slightly below room temperature), add the softened butter to the bowl, a little at a time, and whip until fluffy. Once all butter has been incorporated, add the jam and whip until incorporated.

Pair macaroons of similar size, and pipe about 1/2 teaspoon of the filling onto one of the halves. Sandwich with the other half and freeze for 1-2 hours to allow flavors to blend together. Bring back to room temperature before serving. Well-wrapped macaroons may be frozen for up to three months.
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Note:You get Almond meal in Specialty stores, that is if you cannot find in the regular grocery stores.In case you cannot find almond flour, use sliced blanched almonds (not slivered) and finely pulse them.

Have fun,

30 comments:

Pari said...

Feet or no feet, I am sure this must have tasted awesome.

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe..

Sushma Mallya said...

Very beautiful pic,lovely colour macaroons...

Abhilash said...

shape does not matter dear... It is taste that matters.

As per the post the taste was good so the mission is successful :)

Gita said...

Awesome...I would love to have one of those right now :)

Sayantani said...

I agree with you The DB team makes awesome baked goodies and i really dont have the time and the courage to join them. your macaroons are awesome...so gorgeous colour.

Priya said...

Omg, those macarons looks fantastic Shri..Personally am still not ready to try out macarons at home, after seeing urs, i should give a try very soon..Keep rocking!

indosungod said...

Forget about the feet, these macarons look beautiful.

Nat said...

The pictures are gorgeous Shri...and I love the Macroons...Love !

munchcrunchandsuch said...

wow shri, they look gorgeous..am sure ur daughter must have loved them esp cos its pink in colour.

Uma said...

looks absolutely delicious :)

Rush said...

me loves the pinky pink raspberry color!!

Soma said...

My goodness gracious! don't care much about feet; these must have been diving.

Sarah Naveen said...

They look fabulously yummy dea..!!
Wanna grab one..

kothiyavunu said...

Looks gorgeous and yummy..Wanna grab it now and will finish off..

Prathibha said...

Lovely macaroons...
gr8 attempt..

Tina said...

Fabulous and crunchy....Nice clicks.

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sowmya.s said...

looks awesome..love the last picture...

Suparna said...

hi shri,
Cool, I wouldnt even think of trying these :) these look gorgeous...all the pink made me think of pink panther ..wonder why??? ;)nice clicks dear
tc

Nostalgia said...

yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Yasmeen said...

Those look awesome ,love the filling :D

Chitra said...

WOw, Mouthwatering .. Donno when am i going to try :(

Angie's Recipes said...

One of my favourite sweets!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Just one word, beautiful.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Wow..yummyy.mouthwatering pics..Great job dear!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...they look perfect...love the color.....feel like grabbing one right now...very yum....love the new look given to the blog....it looks fabulous...

Malar Gandhi said...

Lovely macaroons, liked the last picture so nice:)

Gulmohar said...

Fabulous...That looks perfect. Really impressed :-)

Parita said...

Loved the filling, sounds so refreshing and yummy! Dont worry about the feets i didnt get it the first time either

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