Sunday, January 1, 2012

Macaroons anyone?...

Do you set goals? I live with goals. I’ve always had personal goals. Sometimes goals are achieved. So, I set a goal.
Earlier last year, I tried baking some French  Macaroons which turned out pretty BAD. I made them twice and every single time wasn’t successful.  
I have been researching French Macaroons for months on the internet trying to find a recipe. I have been watching a lot of videos on you tube, reading Macaroon’s making tips, trying to find a secret how to make a perfect Macaroons. 
I know that a lot of people think that French Macaroons are very difficult cookies to make, but what I found, having the right recipe it really makes a huge difference.  It took me about halve a year to learn how to make them. This particular recipe come from Martha Stewart. So glad, recipe turned out.

 
1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar
1 cup finely ground sliced, blanched almonds
6 tablespoons fresh egg whites
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Ganache:
8 ounces Chocolate chips
8 ounces Heavy Cream (1 Cup)



1. To make the Macaroons: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar and ground almonds. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites with salt on medium speed until foamy. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar. Continue to whip until stiff glossy peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently fold in the confectioners' sugar mixture until completely incorporated.
2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Fit a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch #4 round tip, and fill with batter. Pipe 1-inch disks onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. The batter will spread a little. Let stand at room temperature until dry, and a soft skin forms on the tops of the macarons and the shiny surface turns dull, about 15 minutes.
3.Bake, with the door of the oven slightly ajar, until the surface of the macarons is completely dry, about 15 minutes. Remove baking sheet to a wire rack and let the macarons cool completely on the baking sheet. Gently peel off the parchment. Their tops are easily crushed, so take care when removing the macarons from the parchment. Use immediately or store in an airtight container, refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
4.To fill the Macaroons: Fill a pastry bag with the filling. Turn Macaroons so their flat bottoms face up. On half of them, pipe about 1 teaspoon filling. Sandwich these with the remaining Macaroons, flat-side down, pressing slightly to spread the filling to the edges. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Ganache
1. Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Set aside.
2. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
3. Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate. Stir once to ensure there aren’t any air pockets in the chocolate. Let mixture sit for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Using a rubber spatula, slowly stir in a circular motion until all the chocolate is melted, and the entire mixture is emulsified, about 2 minutes. If desired, add a tablespoon of liqueur, butter or other flavorings.Let the ganache rest at room temperature until it cools and is ready for use

Main ingredient in this recipe is patience… a lot of patience. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it too!
Macaroons are one of the most desirable cookies in the world, they are colorful, and have many flavors. Bon Apetite!

I would like to say thank you Ms. Humble for wonderful Macaroon Troubleshooting Post: http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/08/macaron-troubleshooting-new-recipe.html

If you need me, I’ll be in the kitchen baking up a batch of these!





 
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182gr + 1 arbatinis saukstelis cukraus pudros
125 gr migdolu miltu
6 valg. saukstai baltymu
ziupsnelis druskos
57gr cukraus
valgomi dazai (nebutina)
Kremui:
1 puodelis sokolado
1 puodelis grietineles

Eiga:
1. Ikaitinkit orkaite iki 180C. Migdolu miltus sumaisykite su cukraus pudra. Kiausiniu baltymus isplakite su mikseriu iki kol jie prades putoti pamazu dedant cukru. Plakite baltymus iki standumo (taip lyg darytumet morengus). Pries plakant kiausiniu baltymus, isimkite juos is saldytuvo ir palaikykite kambario temperaturoje apie 24h.
2. Kepimo skarda isklotine sviestiniu popierium. Migdolu ir cukraus pudros mase atsargiai sumaisykite su baltymais. Mase sudekite i dekoravimo/kepimo maiseli ir isspauskite vienodo dydzio rutuliukus. Tarp rutuliuku pasistenkite palikti vietos, kepant jie pleciasi.
3. Isspaudus rutuliukus, padauzykite kepimo skarda i stala, kad kepant nesusidarytu oro pusles, palikite pastoveti apie 15min, kad ant jie apdziutu.
4. Kepkite macarons apie 15min su pravertomis orkaites durelemis. Iskepus leiskite atvesti ir tik tada nuimkite nuo sviestinio popieriaus. Nenuiminekite karstu, nes jie trapus, labai lengvai suskils.

Kremas:
1. Sokolada sudekite i inda.
2. Grietinele uzvirkite ant mazos ugnies ir uzpilkite ant sokolado. Gerai ismaisykite ir palikite atvesti.
3. Sutepkite macarons puseles su kremu.

3 comments:

  1. :)They are really wonderful. Thank you.

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  2. Amazing! Always wanted to know how to make these. Your work inspires me.

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