MACAROONS



Serves 4 to 6 persons:

Ingredients :
- 100 g egg whites
- 125 g almond meal
- 225 g icing sugar
- 25 g caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- a few drops red colouring

Then you have to chose your flavor :
- for Chocolate flavor = 15 g cocoa powder Van Houten
- for coffee flavor = 1 tspoon coffe extract
- for vanilla flavor = 1 tspoon vanilla essence
- for fruit / berry flavour = 1 tspoon fruit / berry extract…
- one original version : 1 tspoon rum or fortified wine

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready.
  3. Grind together the powdered sugar with the almond powder and cocoa. Use a blender or food processor since almond meal that you buy isn't quite fine enough.
  4. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the caster sugar until very stiff and firm.
  5. Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the beaten egg whites using a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and shiny stop folding and transfer the batter into the pastry bag.
  6. Pipe the batter on the baking sheets (previoulsy covered with parchment paper) in 4cm circles evenly spaced 3 cm apart.
  7. Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the countertop to flatten the macaroons, then bake them for 12-15 minutes.
  8. Let cool before removing from baking sheet.


Macarons can be eaten this way or filled. If you wish to fill them,
prepare the filling while they are cooling down.

- for fruit / berry ones, I suggest to simply spread a little marmelade
or jelly.
- for coffee or chocolate ones, I suggest to prepare a "ganache"
(sort of cream) ; in this case, simply boil 3 Tbspoons double cream
with some flavouring (1 oz plain black chocolate, 1 tspoon coffee
extract, etc….) ; just taste your cream and adjust flavouring….

Whatever your chosed flovour(s), sandwich 2 macarons together
with their fillings.

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