Success with First Attempt at French Macaron Recipe

A few blog posts ago I shared my love of French Macarons and since these little buggers can be expensive, I decided to try making my own. While researching recipes I read that not only are they expensive, but they can be tricky to make. Since my overall goal for 2013 is to step out of my comfort zone without fear or worry, I continued on. This weekend I made my first-ever batch of chocolate French Macarons.

French Macaron

I’m happy to report that the texture of my macarons turned out properly. A slightly crunchy shell with a chewy interior. The frosting in the middle was a bit sweeter than I like, but not bad.

French Macarons

A close-up shows they’re not quite perfect in form, but this was my first attempt, after all.

Chocolate French Macaron

This was also my first experience ever using a pastry bag. This part needs some work. Practice makes perfect as they say and I’m sure with a lot of practice my French Macarons will be better formed.

French Macaron Cookbook This is the cookbook I found at Barne’s and Nobles, on sale for just under $10. What I like about the cookbook is that it includes helpful hints at the beginning and there are numerous recipes for different flavored macarons. Following is the recipe I used, with a slight adaptation.

Chocolate French Macarons

3/4 c ground almonds (grind in a food processor or blender til very fine)
1 c confectioner’s sugar
2 T unsweetened cocoa
2 extra large egg whites (use at room temperature)
1/4 c superfine sugar

Filling:
4 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2/3 c heavy cream
1 c confectioner’s sugar

Place ground almonds, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa in a blender and blend thoroughly. Sift mixture into a bowl (the sifting part is important so don’t skip this). Whip the egg whites in a large bowl until they hold soft peaks. Gradually add the superfine sugar while whipping to make a firm, glossy meringue.

Using spatula, fold the almond mixture into the meringue, one-third at a time. Continue to cut and fold the mixture until a shiny batter with thick, ribbon consistency is formed. Pour the batter into a pastry bag with a one-half inch round tip. Pipe the batter into small circles onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Tap the baking sheets firmly onto counter to remove air bubbles in the cookie dough. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes (mine were done in 10 minutes). Cool for 10 minutes and then peel from parchment paper. Cool completely before filling.

To make filling, heat the heavy cream in saucepan until just boiling, then pour over the finely chopped chocolate in a bowl. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add confectioner’s sugar to mixture gradually. Add more if filling is too thin. Spread filling on cookie and sandwich pairs together.

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Comments

  1. Those look so good. Can’t wait to try them in France in September. Congrats on the move to WP. I just don’t have the nerve.

  2. These look gorgeous! I love macarons but have been intimidated to try making them myself.

  3. Mom looking at these I wish I had more! I showed them off to all my college pastry friends and they thought you did a great job! Especially for your first time :) we should get together and make some and I can help you with the pastry bag :)

  4. Yumm, those look so good. I get to go to a French baker when I visit Amarillo but that isn’t nearly often enough and they do not have chocolate one. I will definitely have to look for the book then I can have them any time I like.

  5. Deliciosos!
    Ana de JUEGO DE SABORES

  6. Yummy! I’m trying this! :-)

  7. Those look both beautiful and delicious, I’ve pinned the recipe, I really ought to try them. Cindy

  8. Those look great Jennifer! I bet they taste amazing too!
    xx
    Anne

  9. they’re almost too pretty to eat!! I’ve never had one but they look so yummy!

  10. Thank you for posting this recipe!! I was just in Paris and crave these little buggers ALL the time! You are so right, they are very pricey to purchase from bakeries. I too will step out of my comfort zone and attempt to make a batch. Thanks for the encouragement!

  11. Lovely,I have always wondered how these were made. They look so pretty when all the colours are together. Yours look near perfect. I must try this recipe.
    I am visiting from Shabby Art Boutique :)

  12. I also adore macarons! I have been making them for a year now, and that was not the easiest thing to learn to do. I will definitely try your chocolate recipe! My family can’t get enough of them – and they make beautiful gifts. I love french food – tastes as good as it looks :) BTW, I took a macaron class here in my area from Sur La Table, and she had paper templates with circles drawn onto them, that we placed under our parchement, and then piped onto the parchment. Then you just slide them out, and place them under your next parchment sheet. Made things a lot easier. Also, in our humid area it can take 1-2 hours before the tops set firmly, instead of 30 minutes. :) Humid pacific northwest. Love your pics, and I want to eat those Macarons!

  13. Love it Jennifer…I want to make some for my daughter’s birthday….your photos are so beautiful.

  14. yummmmmm. i have made macarons a few times and need much more practice. next time i am going to try almond flour to avoid any grit. your styling and photos look divine!

    michele

  15. These look delish! They look awesome for your first time. Great job :)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  16. I think they look heavenly. they have the proper footing on them and you said that the texture is just right. You are so lucky to get them to come out the first time. I have a macaron book as well, but it is a different one. I haven’t had the gumption to make them yet though. maybe this weekend. ; )

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