Oh, macarons, those delightful little French cookies that are both sweet and sophisticated! If you're looking for a recipe that's easy, breezy, and oh-so-fun, look no further! Here's my fresh take on the classic macaron recipe:
1 ¾ cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup almond flour
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
A pinch of salt
Food coloring (optional, but highly recommended)
Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and almond flour. This will remove any lumps and ensure a smooth macaron shell.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they form soft peaks. Add the granulated sugar and salt, and continue to beat until the mixture is glossy and forms stiff peaks.
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg white mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, or your macarons will turn out flat and sad.
If you want to add some color to your macarons, now's the time to do it! Simply stir in a few drops of food coloring until you achieve your desired shade.
Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with a round tip. Pipe small circles onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
Tap the baking sheet on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles. This will help prevent your macarons from cracking.
Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, until a thin skin forms on the surface. This will help create the signature "feet" on the bottom of the macarons.
Bake the macarons for 18-20 minutes, until they are set but still slightly soft in the middle. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them.
Once your macarons have cooled, it's time to fill them! You can use anything from buttercream to ganache to jam. Get creative and have fun with it!
There you have it, folks! A fun and fresh take on the classic macaron recipe. Now go forth and bake your heart out!