Christmas Macarons!

Posted on 12/16/2010 by makethechange


Ahh, clearly I have to learn how to take better pictures! They were taken under a super yellow light so I tried my best to fix them to more true-colors. =/

Anyway, the decorations are made with sugarveil icing and for the Macarons I use a Pierre Herme Italian Meringue Macaron recipe

Its posted all over the internet, but here it is anyway!

100 grams icing sugar
100 grams ground almonds
38 grams fresh egg whites

100 grams sugar
25 grams water
38 grams old egg whites
1 gram egg white powder

Combine all ingredients together from list 1 by first grinding the icing sugar & almonds together. Cook the water and sugar from list 2 to 118 C- 245F. When the syrup reaches 108 C- 226F start whipping on medium speed the eggwhites with the egg white powder also from list 2 to stiff peaks. Slowly pour the cooked syrup in a thin stream into the meringue while the mixer is still going. When the mixture reaches 50C-122F, take the bowl out and fold the meringue progressively into the first mixture. Add a third of the meringue to lighten the mixture and then beat in the rest of the meringue. Look for the infamous "flows like magma" consistancy.

With a piping bag fitted with a no. 11 plain round nozzle (i use a no. 12), pipe macarons on tray lined with parchment paper or silpat. Bake at 160C- 320F for about 14/15 minutes.

When the shells have cooled and fill with buttercream/ganache/jam of your choice!

The fillings I chose were vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache, and salted caramel buttercream.

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giddyromance 16th-Dec-2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
I don't usually like macaroons, but these are STUNNING.
kimberly_2002 16th-Dec-2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
forleef 16th-Dec-2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
that looks insanely delicious :D
kilgore_steele 16th-Dec-2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
these are beautiful! they're inspiring me to try macaroons again :)
makethechange 16th-Dec-2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
thanks! aw, yeah i've tried manyyy recipes and i like this one the best! good luck!
kaweeeeeee 16th-Dec-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
These are ridiculously gorgeous :)
xsweet_melissax 16th-Dec-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
sleepwalker41 16th-Dec-2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm in love with the white-on-white snowflake ones!
klutzyruth 16th-Dec-2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
You have great talent. Those are beautiful.
rizzo 16th-Dec-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
wow. they're perfect.
shortsweetcynic 16th-Dec-2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
these are gorgeous.
radbiscuits 16th-Dec-2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
My goodness.
featherweight 16th-Dec-2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
These are amazing!!!!
trex_in_boots 16th-Dec-2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, those look to gorgeous to ever eat. ♥
pivotandsway 16th-Dec-2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
these are beyond lovely
stephbakes 16th-Dec-2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
These are gorgeous!
tearsofthegods 16th-Dec-2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
How did you make such perfect macaroons? Wonderful!
makethechange 16th-Dec-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
haha lottttsss of practice! but this recipe makes the best looking ones for sure! thank you! :)
vidiva 16th-Dec-2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
these are amazingly beautiful.
makethechange 16th-Dec-2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
thank you, everyone!
rowangolightly 16th-Dec-2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
OH how lovely! I have never eaten a macaron nor did I know they even existed until this year. But now I wanna find one to try and then maybe someday I'll try making them.
serialkiller 16th-Dec-2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
I would feel guilty eating these! nicely done!
hangthemj 16th-Dec-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
these look flawless!
ihaveawakened 16th-Dec-2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
These are gorgeous! Your friends and family are lucky to be recipients!
ragga_muffin 16th-Dec-2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
Holy, Macaron! AMAZING!
papertiara 16th-Dec-2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
These are simply stunning! Amazing job!
etxeberria 16th-Dec-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous. I've made macarons a few times but they've always been colored/flavored with fruit and they've never looked so perfect!
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