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Pastel Macarons

Pastel Macarons

14 pieces
Tough
170 minutes
These beautiful pastel macarons are a great twist on a classic recipe. Ideal for gifting or to simply enjoy a little sweet treat.
Recipe Ingredients
How to Prepare
Tips
They are one of the most attractive patisserie you can bake, yet macarons are notoriously challenging to get right. Here are some more tips that will help you bake a perfect batch.
Tips
Choose heavy metal bakeware for more even cooking.
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If you are not confident about piping consistent sizes, make a baking parchment template of circles by drawing round a cookie cutter with pencil. Turn the template over and place on top of another sheet of parchment on your baking tray. You should be able to see the pencil circles through the parchment.
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Use digital scales to ensure your measurements are exact.
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Grinding the ground almonds further and then sieving them, will help make a finer powder, which will in turn, give a smoother finish to your macarons.
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For making meringue, your bowls, beaters and spatulas need to be completely grease-free. Use metal, glass or china bowls for best results. Adding Cream of Tartar will help improve the texture of the meringue and make it thicker and more aerated.
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Once you have the perfect, thick, glossy meringue, it will be full of air, so take care when adding the almond sugar. Avoid stirring the mixture as this will remove too much air. Careful folding and turning of the mixture will yield the best results.
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Once you have piped the mixture, you need to get rid of any excess air from the mixture and settle the tops so that they are smooth and shiny after baking, with no raised tails left from piping. Tapping the baking tray on a towel-lined work surface a few times is the best way to achieve this. After the tapping, you should see that the nozzle marks have disappeared and the top is smooth.
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To prevent cracking, you must let the piped mixture rest before you bake it. A skin on the surface should form at room temperature within about 30 minutes. Do not chill the mixture at any stage.
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Correct oven temperature is vital in order to cook the macarons properly but at the same time preserve the colour without browning. Set an oven shelf to the middle position in your oven and place an oven thermometer on it so that you can be sure the temperature is correct when you start baking. If your oven cooks unevenly, you can turn the tray around during baking. Only cook one tray at a time.
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The perfect macaron should have a crisp base and top, with a slightly soft inside. Follow these steps and you will be well on the way to achieving the best macarons you can bake.
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Unfilled macaroons will keep in an air tight container for 2 weeks. To enjoy macaroons at their best, they should be filled just before serving; after a few hours, the texture may soften once the filling settles into the macaroon shells. Do not refrigerate.
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