Macarons can be easily baked in your own home oven, as long as you have the correct temperature needed for your recipe.
To make sure your oven is at the correct temperature, use an oven thermometer to measure the temperature.
If your oven isn’t quite at the right temperature, make the adjustment and wait until it has reached the desired temperature. If the oven is too hot, the macarons will “burn” and have a brown top to them. If the oven is too low in temperature, the macarons will be sticky, and will not come off of the pan.
What temperature to bake Italian method macarons at
Italian method macarons should be baked at 300 degrees F for about 12 minutes.
This ensures the “feet” of the macaron will pop out, and give you a beautiful even round macaron when it comes out of the oven.
How long do you bake Italian method macarons at
Italian method macarons need to be baked for about 12 minutes at 300 degrees F. Depending on how big your macarons are, you may need to adjust the time accordingly. Check them after 12 minutes, if they remain sticking to the pan, bake for 1 more minute and check again.
What pan do you use for baking macarons in a conventional oven
The best pan for macarons is using an aluminum baking sheet in a conventional oven.
- Aluminum is the best metal at conducting heat over other baking sheets like stainless steel
- heats up to temperature faster than stainless steel
- resists warping, and are extremely sturdy and durable
- conducts heat evenly throughout the pan
Macarons require the pans be perfectly clean without any oily residue. Using an old stainless steel pan with oily residue can ruin your macarons, even if you made the batter perfectly.
Do you need parchment paper or a silicone mat to bake macarons in a conventional oven
You do need to have a surface that the macarons will be piped onto separating it from the pan.
Silpat pastry mats fit perfectly in a baking sheet. You don’t have to cut it to fit like you do with parchment paper. Silpat silicone pastry mats produce the ideal macaron that is more round and flat; this gives macarons a more professional look to them.
Parchment paper works well to pipe macarons onto. Parchment paper needs to be trimmed in order to fit on the baking pan you’re using.
When removing the air bubbles of your macarons, parchment paper tends to shift around, unlike using a silicone baking mat. Silicone mats will stay in place.
Hold onto your parchment paper while you bang your pan so your macarons do not move around.