Pink Macaron Using Italian Meringue Method Part 2
I wasn't completely satisfied with my first macaron video.. Had terrible quality, no tripod, etc. And in my first attempt I didn't like how my macarons came out either. Macarons always somehow make me go back to it. It's like its taunting me because I feel like I need to go redeem myself and do it again. Some time has passed since then and I've gotten a new oven, baking tray, and silpat mat. I was pretty flabbergasted with the results (Yes I used flabbergasted) My macarons actually very quickly, with ease formed feet within five minutes of baking, which I saw through my handy light bulb options to view the inside of the oven. I really love having that for an oven, I just sat there the entire time watching the macarons bake. I actually really really love this macaron recipe. It's perfect, and I don't need another one. I've tried many many recipes off the internet, this is the one that works the best for me. I love the idea of the using the italian meringue method, it makes your batter strong enough for this cookie. It's actually quite really easy to do too. Just don't psyche yourself out by "italian method" while doing this. Timing is pretty much really important in this recipe too. After so many fails, I finally have hope. I'm suuper excited now to have a little more courage to try different colors and flavors and styles :)!
Almost Foolproof Macarons by FoodGeek
120g egg whites, divided (60g/60g)
150g finely ground almonds
150g powdered sugar
Optional: dash of cream of tartar to stabilize eggs
(or entirely up to you. Ice cream, nutella, buttercream, anything!)
1. Start of by first whipping up your 60g of egg whites to soft peak in a mixer. Once it gets a little bubbly, add in a dash on cream of tartar to stabilize the eggs. Once it reaches soft peak, slowly sprinkle in your 35g of sugar a little bit at time. While your egg whites are whipping, make your simple sugar by heating up 150g of sugar with 50g of water in a pan until it reach 220F.
2. On low speed, while the syrup is still hot, pour the syrup into the mixing bowl, make sure the syrup hits the bowl, before trickling down into your whipped whites. Continue whipping until have a strong shiny meringue.
3. I would get one of the sifters that you just need to turn for this, to make the process more faster. But sift 150g of powdered sugar and 150g of powdered/flour almonds together into a bowl. It is said it is best to use this in a food processor for better results, but I just sifted it twice, and that it was fine.
4. Add in the remaining egg whites into the bowl, and fold. Add your desired food coloring and flavoring now. I recommend using gel food coloring, and be a little generous with it for a strong color.
5. Fold in your meringue/whipped whites, but at first use only 1/4, very gently fold, and keep adding 1/4 at a time. The mix would be too stiff at first and would deflate your batter.
6. I totally recommend using a sturdy half sheet pan, and a silpat mat over it. Pipe your macarons onto the mat, 1 inch in between, each a quarter size. They will flatten during the resting/drying period, so make sure there is space in between. If you want even sized cookies, either trace circles on a piece of paper and have it behind the mat. That's a bit too much effort for me, so I just count to 3*depending on how hard you pipe* on each macaron you pipe. You want your piping tip perpendicular to the baking tray, and when you finish off piping, do a slight twitch-swirl so you don't get pointy ends.
7. Tap the tray 2-3 times. Poke out any air bubbles with a tooth pick. Let the macarons dry/rest for 1-2 hours. Or until when you touch it, it doesnt stick to your finger. This is so you can develop feet for you macarons by the skin they produce on the top of your macarons. *meaning very important that you leave your macarons until they dry out/look dull* But this is a italian meringue method, you may or may not have to do this since the batter is so strong. I've always done resting periods, regardless. Bake at 320F for 15-25 minutes depending on the size of your macarons.