Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Making macarons at home (the cheat's way)

We loved macarons in our house but they are an expensive treat. The ones below are from a local shop at 1€50 each - but delicious.

But last week we were in Galeries Lafayette and I saw a box to make 15 at home from around 6€. I couldn't resist. The pack contains a bag of almond  and strawberry flavoured mix, two little sachets of sugar and a piping bag, and you need to provide the egg white. The instructions are in French but easy to translate and to do.

The picture on the left is the raw piped macarons and the right hand one are the cooling cooked ones. Look pretty good, non?

The one thing the box doesn't provide nor does it remind you, is the filling. I used a little bit of cherry jam to sandwich them but next time I will make a bit of simple butter cream. They tasted lovely and almost a good as the real thing. The piping would certainly be easier next time and you can download templates to help pipe uniform circles, for example here and here. There are a number of cook books available on line but this one looks good - Macarons: Chic & Delicious French Treats

C'est magnifique!

The box (not a great photo but now you know what to look for)!