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What ingredients do you need to make macarons?
- Almond flour
- Pasteurized egg whites (carton, not separated eggs)
- Icing sugar
- Food coloring – gel or powdered (optional)
What kitchen tools do you need to make macarons?
Do you need a stand mixer to make macarons?
Yes. You have to whip the egg whites 20-30 minutes with a stand mixer to make macarons.
Tips for making macarons
- Sift and weigh icing sugar and almond flour
- Weigh egg whites and separate into your stand mixer and mixing bowl
- Start the egg whites with the stand mixer on high
- Weigh sugar and water
- Use a thermometer to get the sugar and water to 118 degrees C exactly. Do not mix the sugar and water at all during the heating process
- Mix the egg whites in the mixing bowl with the icing sugar and almond flour to create a paste
- Pour the sugar mixture down the side of the stand mixer bowl while it’s mixing on low-med
- Whip the stand mixer egg whites and sugar syrup together until you can turn the bowl upside down and nothing moves
- Mix the meringue with the almond paste until it flows like lava
- Pipe the mixture onto a Silpat mat and let sit for 30 min
- Bake for 12-14 min at 300 degrees F
- Let cool at room temperature on the mat
- Fill the macarons
Are Macarons really that hard to make?
Things that can make macarons fail:
- Old baking pans that don’t conduct heat well
- Not whipping your egg white meringue until you can turn it upside down in the bowl
- Not getting the temperature of the sugar syrup up to the correct temperature
- Mixing the macaron batter too much or too little
- Not using a scale to measure ingredients
What is the best baking sheet for macarons?
Aluminum baking sheets are the best for baking macarons.
- Conducts heat well – Aluminum is the best metal for heat distribution
- Even heat distribution throughout the pan – no hot spots
- Durable/sturdy/heavy duty
- Commercial-grade baking pan
- Hand wash only to keep them their best
- Resists warping
- Withstands temperature changes -40 – 580 degrees F