while i was living in paris last spring i fell in love with ladurée macroons. they are a perfectly light snack (that i ate all the time). today i made my own verison of a vanilla macroon with a almond buttercream filling.
heres the recipe
¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ cups (4 ounces) sliced almonds, finely ground, or almond flour
3 large egg whites
Pinch of salt
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
filling (buttercream, gaunche, or fruit will do)
Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Mix almond flour and confectioners’ sugar, set aside. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats
Beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy, then beat in salt. Beat in granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, until medium-soft peaks form. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
Using a rubber spatula, fold half the almond mixture into the egg white mixture until just incorporated. Fold in vanilla and remaining almond mixture until just incorporated. Firmly tap bottom of bowl on counter to eliminate air pockets.
Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch plain tip . Pipe mixture into marked circles on prepared baking sheets. f you don’t have a piping bag, use a plastic freezer bag.
Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until macaroons are slightly firm and can be gently lifted off parchment (bottoms will be dry), 20 to 25 minutes. Pour a little water between the baking tray and the parchment paper; this makes the macaroons easier to lift off when they have cooled. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer macaroons on parchment to a wire rack; let cool completely.
Spread 2 teaspoons buttercream or other filling on flat sides of half the macaroons, then sandwich with remaining halves, keeping flat sides together. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes, before serving.
and voila you have your own french macroons. you can try a variety of macroon flavors. the most popular are chocolate, pistachio, raspberry (and other fruits)
The last time my brother went to Paris, not only did he bring me back a Alice in Wonderland inspired Baby the Stars Shine Bright dress, but he brought me back a bag of these babies. My life was changed that day.
Omfg….so when I spent an afternoon in Paris with my mom five years ago. There were all these pretty colourful cookies I couldn’t try because I didn’t know if they were vegan. I was a vegan at the time and I certainly wasn't going to ask French people this in English. LOL
For years they popped into my head, I had never seen them here but we saw them yesterday night at some cake shop and tried them.
Holy fucking shit, omg..how fucking good! French macaroons are I can think about. What an amazing cookie! I have a co-worker who makes these? I wonder if I could to?