Macaron mania

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Yes, I have succumbed. And before you say ‘puh! She’s spelt macaroons wrong!’, as I did the first time I saw it spelt this way, I should tell you that ‘macaron’ is French (although apparently derived from an Italian word). The English word ‘macaroon’ can also refer to a coconut macaroon (one of my mum’s favourite biscuits from the Women’s Weekly ‘Beautiful Biscuits’ cookbook!), so many people are adopting the French spelling to differentiate between the two.

I had been keen to try baking macarons for ages, but having a reputation for being extremely difficult to get right, I wasn’t keen to spend hours perfecting it. And in steps Melzy. My mate Mel is a baking fiend. She’d conquered the world of the cupcake and was looking for a new challenge. Having already done three batches with different recipes and techniques, she was sure she had discovered the secrets. And so she had.

For the macaron shell, we used the basic recipe from Secrets of Macarons, by Jose Marechal. I’ve looked at a few other recipes online, but I think this one is the best, as it uses equal quantities — so simple to remember! For the creamy centre, we used a basic vanilla buttercream, recipe below.

vanilla buttercream

125g butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 cup icing sugar

Beat until pale and light. Easy!

I am really looking forward to trying new colours and flavours. I only hope I can replicate our success without my mate! First stop, I need to buy the recipe book, a sugar thermometer and a teeny little saucepan… wish me luck!

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Macarons on For the Love of George

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4 replies on “Macaron mania

  • Claire

    Damn woman, how do you have time?!?! They look AMAZING! I did them once and after a full day of baking only had a few good ones to show for it. Never again.

  • Lauren

    Oh yes, I remember reading about your macaron adventure! Just re-read your post — it was epic! They really should include ‘rearrange your bookcase’ as part of the recipe ;) I really can’t take the credit, as I had a baking master by my side. Our recipes do sound a wee bit different too. I’ve had a bloomin’ cold the last couple of days, so have literally done nothing, but can’t get potential macaron flavours out of my head!

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