Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Macaron Recipe (Italian Meringue Method)


Mostly I am posting it so I won't forget (not like I will anyway), just for my basic recipe. I originally got this recipe from Not So Humble Pie, but I found that the temperature was too high and made ugly frills instead of nice compact feet. So I only edited that aspect, but everything else is spot on. Not too sweet, and the insides are nice and soft. I will be posting pictures of how to make them later on, but I am too lazy at the moment and will just type it out for now.

This is the macaron baked at 325 degrees, as in Not So Humble Pie's recipe. See the frills? Kinda ugly to me. I didn't even post these on Instagram because I hated them so much.
And these are my macarons with the adapted recipe of 300 degrees instead of 325. Nice straight feet and a slightly firm shell.

Which do you guys like better? In any case, these below will be the recipe I am giving. Please use a kitchen or postal scale for these, I find that this creates foolproof macarons that are exact ingredients every single time.


Italian Meringue Macarons
(adapted from Not So Humble Pie)

Ingredients:
Mass:
150g almond meal (It is much cheaper and efficient to buy Trader Joe's Blanched Slivered Almonds and grind them up in your food processor. I used to actually blanch almonds myself and grind and dry them, but that was WAY too much work.)
150g powdered sugar
50g egg whites (do not have to be aged, approximately 2 eggs)
Gel food coloring (optional)
2 tsp cornstarch (if weather is humid)
pinch of salt


Meringue:
55g egg whites (do not have to be aged, approximately 2 eggs)
35g granulated sugar (to stabilize half egg whites)
120g granulated sugar
40g water


Materials:
Candy thermometer
Kitchen/postal scale
Piping bags/tips (These give the most perfect results if that's what you're going for)
Good insulated baking sheets (I use Airbake)
Parchment paper or silpats (I prefer silpats but parchment is nice too)
Stand mixer (recommended, but it is possible with a hand mixer, just takes longer)


Sift almond meal and powdered sugar together into a large bowl. Add the 50g egg whites and mix until it becomes a dough-like consistency. (This is the time to add food coloring, remember the meringue will lighten the color of the mass)


Set aside and cover with plastic wrap so it doesn't harden.

For the meringue, beat the 55g egg whites in the bowl of your stand mixer until soft peaks form. When egg whites become bubbly, add the extra 35g sugar to stabilize it. DO NOT overbeat egg whites at this stage. After they have formed, turn down your mixer to "stir" or very low to keep them moving so they don't deflate.

At the same time, put the water and sugar on the stove over medium-high heat and attach your candy thermometer. When the mixture gets bubbly all around with no spots of unboiled water (or 240 degrees F) pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites and turn up the speed of your mixer to high. Let it beat until the bowl of the mixer is warm to the touch (body temperature). It should look like this:


                                                               Shiny, stiff, and smooth.


Then, add 1/3 of the meringue to the mass and fold until you cannot see any more white streaks of meringue. After you have lightened the mass, add the rest of the egg whites and fold.



Now you are ready to pipe them with your piping bag into 1-1.5 inch diameter circles, however big you like. I pipe them onto a parchment paper-lined or silpat-lined aluminum baking sheet. I usually fit about 20-24 circles on each pan.



Then drop your baking sheets about 2-3 times until they flatten out and the air bubbles pop. If you still see any, pop them with a toothpick. Now let them dry about 20-30 minutes or until they are dry to the touch (depends on humidity). While you're waiting, preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit  Check your oven to make sure it's the correct temperature! Sometimes the oven lies. lol


Dull and dry, ready for the oven.

Now bake them for 10-13 minutes, or even longer if they are still too moist inside. Bake only one tray at a time if your oven has inconsistent heat. Let them cool completely before you take them off the parchment/silpat.

Sandwich together with a filling (my favorite is Swiss Meringue Buttercream) and you're done! Store filled shells in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 24 hours. This helps the shell meld together with the filling, making it a bit crisp on the outside but melt-in-your-mouth on the inside. :)






This is my favorite recipe. I have not had a single macaron crack or turn out feetless after using this recipe. I will NEVER go back to French meringue method. These macarons turn out more cakelike and have better structure on the inside. Look at the nice inside on these ones!

Do you see hollows?!?! Nope. Unlike this ugly one here from this patisserie in SF. How sad.

And if you still do not understand how to do this recipe, here is a video I made instructing you how to do it,
Hope this helps!





101 comments:

  1. How many shells does this make? Can I add the colouring during the last few folds?

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    1. This makes about 48 shells, or 24 completed macarons. I wouldn't recommend adding the coloring in the last few folds because it'll be easier to overmix

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  2. Hi, can I ask if we need to let your egg whites rest for a few days in the fridge before using them? Or that we can use egg whites from fresh eggs straight away?

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    1. Hi Alyssa!

      No you don't need to rest the egg whites for a few days. If you read recipes like that, it is completely optional. The only reason you would need to rest your egg whites is if you want a more fluffy meringue, but it doesn't really matter. Just let the egg whites come to room temperature so they beat a bit better.

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  4. Hi Natalie,

    Thanks so much for your speedy reply! Will definitely try and let you know the outcome!

    Have a great weekend ahead!

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  5. Hi Natalie,

    I'm wondering if you could tell me how and when I should add any flavors or food coloring? I feel like it's always glossed over! Do I color/flavor the meringue? or the batter once it's combined? Also, do you use liquid flavor and if so how much? Thanks and sorry for the flurry of questions! Looks like you just replied to some posts not too long ago so figured you'd be a good person to ask :)

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    1. Hi Casey! You should add the flavors and food coloring when you make the almond/powdered sugar and egg whites mixture that way it won't get overmixed :) I use gel food coloring because liquid makes it too runny. No problem I enjoy answering questions :) Hope this helped!

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  6. Hi Natalie,

    I am having problems with my macarons sticking to my wax paper! I've made them twice and although there is feet and it looks beautiful, it gets ruined because they're stuck. I have tried letting them cool completely before removing them and its made it even worse. I've even tried different brands of wax paper. I read that you bake yours a little longer because its more difficult to take the shells off the silpat, is it because it sticks as well??? Can you please suggest what I may be doing wrong or if I try using a silpat what I should try?

    Sorry one more thing, I've baked them at 310 for 13 minutes in the middle rack and they've come out really crisp....actually really hard like fully cooked meringue and the middle is chewy sticks to your teeth instead of soft. What do you think I may be doing wrong or could do to adjust this...?

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    1. Hi Vanessa!

      You're using wax paper? You should be using parchment paper because wax is not the same as parchment paper. Wax paper is lined with wax and parchment is lined with Teflon. I really like Silpats because you don't have to keep throwing paper away and it makes it easier for the circles to stay circular. Well I've experimented a bit more and I just bake them 12 minutes now and they come off with no problem. I forgot about the residual heat still baking them after you take them out. You should try using a Silpat though, I really like them better than parchment paper!

      Hmm maybe you should try lowering the temperature to 300. I only had it at 310-305 because my oven thermometer said I was a bit under. Check out my new youtube video on how to make them, I think it'll help :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJpGE_PpGqw

      Hope this helps :)

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  7. Is the egg whites total of 150 grams or 120 grams (60 grams, and 60 grams)? Please clarify. Thanks.

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    1. It's 105g total because you use 50g of egg whites for the mass so it forms a thick dough, and you use another 55g egg whites for the meringue. It's separate

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  8. Indeed. Measurements are confusing.

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  9. Hi Natalie, I don't want to use any food coloring but I still wish to add some natural colors to the macarons. can I add green tea powder/espresso coffee powder/coco powder to the mixture? Or can I use juice to make the Italian meringue?? I've tried making macarons for at least 20 times, and the shells always crack!! Please help!!!

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    1. Hi Emily, yes you can use green tea powder/espresso powder/cocoa powder to flavor/color the macarons. You would just add like 1 tsp to the mix :) No you can't use juice to make italian Meringue, it will be too sticky. You can probably use tea, but that is a bit risky. How come the shells crack? Do you let them rest for an adequate amount of time?

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    2. if your shells are cracking its because your oven is too hot. :(

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  10. I dont know why the shells crack, I did let them rest until the surface was not sticky when I touched it. :(

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    1. Hmm what kind of crack was it? Like this or this?

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gf3spIZWCXU/TjtasJ0jgeI/AAAAAAAAAMc/BLP4PLccE6I/s1600/Macaron+Crack.JPG
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      http://www.sandyalamode.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/IMG_0241.jpg

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    2. The batch I tried today came out like the second link. I used a gas oven, does it matter? I want to master this sweet treats coz my little girl loves it!! :(

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    3. hmm did you undermix the batter?

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    4. I dont know, but the batter seemed pretty runny. I saw the youtube video you posted, yours seemed quite thick and sticky. I dont know if I overmixed or undermixed the batter.

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    5. hmm if it's runny then you overmixed. and if it cracked that means it wasn't dry enough because it was overmixed. Even if it doesn't stick to your finger, if the dry part feels like if you push on it lightly, it'll break, then it needs longer to dry.

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    6. I guess I will have to experiment with it again tomo!! Thx Natalie!! I will share the result with u tomo!

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    7. Mine cracked like the first pic you put up. Is that undermixing the batter? I thought it seemed pretty thick.

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  11. Just when I've given up on French Macaron you come to the rescue! I've finally made my very first successful batch! The videos are really helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us!

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    1. Hi Eileen! I'm glad to hear that :) No problem, I'm happy to help!

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  12. Hello! The weather here in Singapore is very humid and I was wondering what does the cornstarch do in this recipe? I've made macarons for 13 times and failed miserably in all. They were either cracked or the feet forms in the cracks or the 'feet' will ooze out beneath the macarons. So I hope by trying this recipe, it will work! :)

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    1. Hello there! The cornstarch will help dry out the macarons before you bake them so that way they won't crack in the oven. I hope it works for you!:)

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    2. do we have to put it in with the dry ingredients?

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    3. hello, i am from malaysiaand now the weather is very humid too...can i apply corn starch in both french and italian method? and tsp is stand for tablespoon or teaspoon? tq

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  13. Hello, is it possible to do this method without the candy thermometer?

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    1. Hi there, it is possible to do this without a candy thermometer. You just have to know what it looks like at 240 degrees. You can check out my video to see that it's bubbling thoroughly, or here's a picture.

      http://www.filtsai.com/cooking/caramel/soft_ball_stage.jpg

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  14. Hi! Thanks for all the great directions! I tried making this recipe today (I've tried many others, but they've almost always come out hollow) but it didn't turn out as I'd hoped. I'm from Tennessee and the humidity is killer (like 90+ %), so that might be the reason, but I'll tell you the few things I noticed and see if you can figure out what I did wrong :)
    When I made the almond meal, powdered sugar, egg white mixture, it didn't look like the picture of yours. It was kinda like a glopy paste, like Really thick macaron batter, so it looked more liquid than yours did (yours looked kinda solid, like fondant or something). My biggest problem was that the macaron finished batter wasn't as thick as yours and it wouldn't set up. It got dry, but stayed soft on the outside, as opposed to the hard shell type i usually expect. When I baked it anyways, the batter came popping out the top... What do you think the problem is?

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    1. Hi Jennifer!

      hmm are you sure you didn't overmix? if it's humid outside, you can try adding 2 tsp of cornstarch to help dry it out. You want it to be pretty hard, not just dry. So your batter cracked? It was because you might have overmixed it, making it more wet and the batter probably didn't dry out enough so it wouldn't crack. Try not to overmix and add some cornstarch and see if that will help :)

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  15. Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made a gazillion batches of failed macarons, both french and italian! Finally i am seeing progress with my first batch, not quite perfect yet but I think I know what to do. Thank you for giving my macaron dreams another shot!!!! :)

    http://vanillawanderlust.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Alessandra!

      I'm glad you found success in my recipe!:) Good luck! Show me your results ;)

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    2. i will blog about it soon, so far i've shared your blog to two of my baker friends, i hope they have success too. Btw, how do i make it into chocolate macarons? how many cocoa powder to add? :)

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    3. Alright I hope so too :) For chocolate macarons, I would say to add 20g of cocoa powder and subtract 20g of powdered sugar from the recipe.

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  16. Hi Natalie,
    I'm getting shells cracked on the surface even though I have let it dry for about 40mins. The cracked looks like your first link. I'm living in Singapore and its humid. Appreciate if you could advise. Thanks. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gf3spIZWCXU/TjtasJ0jgeI/AAAAAAAAAMc/BLP4PLccE6I/s1600/Macaron+Crack.JPG

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    1. Hi Derrick,

      So if you're using my recipe, try using 2tsp cornstarch or potato starch or some other starch in the recipe. This will help dry out the macaron shells. Also try using a fan! It works wonders. Hope this helps :)

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    2. Hi Natalie,
      Thanks for the advise. I tried using corn flour and there are still a few shells that cracked. Is there any difference between corn starch and corn flour? Btw, you mean using a fan to flow the macaron while it bakes?

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    3. Hmm did you make sure it was absolutely dry to the touch before baking? & I think corn starch and corn flour are the same. I'm not sure...but anyways, I use a fan to dry out the macaron shells before they bake.

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    4. Hi Natalie,
      Yes, it was dry to touch before baking. Approx 40min -1 hr and dry to touch before baking. Today I tried with corn starch instead and it still cracks. Is there other possible causes?

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    5. Hmm the only other thing I can think of is that you overmixed or undermixed the batter. Can you show me a picture of the batter?

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    6. Hi Natalie,
      Here you go. http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k494/foreversum/macaron.jpg

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    7. Alright thanks for the extra pictures. I have figured out your problem. The italian meringue is not stiff enough, and when you added it to the batter, it easily deflated, making it easily overmixed. So when you beat your italian meringue make sure it holds a stiff peak with not too much drooping. haha

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    8. Hi Natalie,
      Thanks for the advise. So I'll make it stiff this time round. When I added in the hot sugar syrup, what speed do u suggest I should beat at and usually how long before it reaches stiff peak? I'm using a kitchenaid Ksm 150 mixer.

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    9. Hi Natalie,
      Does it mean when the Italian meringue that I had it beat down till it does not drop when I overturn the bowl means its stiff? Cuz the previous few times I did, I always had it done this way. But still failed.

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    10. Hi Derrick,

      Well from the picture you showed me the italian meringue did not look stiff enough. If it was stiff enough, then it is probably because you must have overmixed. I usually beat it at speed 7 for about 5 minutes.

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  17. Hi Natalie,
    I'll try it again. After I add in the meringue, I beat at speed 4 and it seems to stiff quite fast. Does it mean that if I beat till the meringue doesn't fall over is consider as stiff enough?

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    1. Hi Derrick,

      Yes it would be considered stiff enough. How did it work out for you?

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  18. thanks SO much! I especially needed to see the way you folded and gently smashed the egg whites and almond mixture together. Will try again now for the 4th time!

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  19. I just made a batch using your recipe and had great results!!! Finally a method that works for me too.

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  20. Hi! Your recipw is just amazing. You are a life saver! I made this for god-knows-how-many-times and still a hollow shell but thanks to you its a hallow-free shell!! Thanks soo much for posting this recipe ill be readin your blog from now on looking up for updates. Thank you so much again!!!

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  21. Hey Natalie~
    My macarons look great in the oven, but when I pull them out, the shell gets wrinkly and droopy... :( can you help me?

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    1. Hi Anne, i think you may have underbeat the meringue

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  22. Dear Natalie,
    Is it possible to half the ingredients if I just want to try out in a smaller batch? Can I use powdered coloring ?

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    1. Yes it is possible to half the recipe, however you would have to do it with a hand mixer. and yes you can use powdered coloring

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  23. For some of your recipes, could I still prepare as listed but use the French method?

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  25. Hi Natalie,
    Thank you so much for this, I've lost count of the number of batches of dire macaron that have had to go straight into the bin, this one has cracked it! Pretty much all perfect first time.

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    1. Hi Em, no problem I'm glad it worked out for you :)

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  26. Hi Natalie-
    I'm finding that mine are hollow and that on some of them, the tops are drooping over the feet. Any suggestions? I've tried so many different recipes, and they are always hollow.
    Thanks
    Becky

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    1. Hi Becky, I don't know what you mean by the top drooping over the feet :O Picture please?

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  27. Hello,
    Love your blog. I have a question for you. This recipe calls for 35 gms + 120 Gms for granulated sugar for the Italian meringue part. The 35 gms added in the first stage of whipping egg whites. Where as in you other recipes (different flavor MACs) the 35 gms sugar is missing, and you have instructed to add a pinch of sugar if needed. Can I do the same for this recipe in order to cut down on the sweetness or will the recipe not work. Please help. Thank you.

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    1. Hi there, I'm glad you enjoy my blog :) Yes technically you don't need to add the 35g of sugar, nowadays I been using a pinch of cream of tartar instead. This is just to stabilize the egg whites :)

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    2. Thank you for the reply, I tried this recipe with out the 35 gms sugar and they turned out well but my shells were hollow ans the tops were blotchy. what could be the reason. I baked the at 300 for 16 mins. I suspected that they were under baked. Please help.

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    3. yes sounds underbaked :/ try using an oven thermometer to check if it really is 300.

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  28. Hi I added some cornstarch with water in mine and it was still stiff (doesn't fall when I turn it upside down) but no matter how little I mix, my batter seems to be too runny -_- if I mix i less then my ingredients aren't incorporated well...

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    1. Oh I don't use cornstarch in the water O_O I put it in the tant pour tant, so maybe that's the problem. Are you using a hand mixer?

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  29. Hello Natalie, Thanks for your efforts and to share your recipe with us. I tried your recipe three times but each time the result is the same "feetless and porous" I did leave them to rest until outside is no longer tacky (45 min), I used three different settings of oven temp in case that was the problem. My batter looks exactly like yours. I am not sure where the problem is

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  30. Hello Nat, My oven only heats from the bottom and when i heat it from the top the bottom one doesnt turn on , its one way or the other, what should i do to cook the macarons?

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  31. Hello,

    I was just wondering if you use a convection oven, or not?

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  32. Hii Natalie..
    Firstly love your posts, the pictures and i follow u on instagram tooo.. everything u post is mouthwatering :) .., so glad to have a chance to talk abt macarons to you...

    ive been very unlucky with 2 things ... Macarons and getting a reply to posts..
    i hope i get a reply this time...

    Ive been trying these cookies since almost a month and a half now.. been usually trying out the french meringue method.. but the humidity is too much here in Mumbai and i needed a meringue thats more stable, which got me to try out your recipe..

    I came quiteeee closee ... i must say ... but i had a few issues:

    I divided the recipe by 3 since my oven is small and my silpat cannot fit more than tht much of the recipe.. besides im harrowed with so many failed attempts at making macarons.. i cant see myself waste the ingredients. Also, im using a morphy richards, largest capacity oven but it has only 4 racks... due to which i am always confused as to which one shall i use as the center rack :(
    I usually use the second one from the bottom and keep my oven in the fan mode with both the coils on.

    My macarons had the following issues:

    1. The italian meringue didnt rise up .. and it was considerably runny, yet glossy...althought i used the candy thermometer for the sugar syrup and followed everything correctly. Maybe it was because of the small quantity of egg whites i used.. (egg whites were not aged, i put it in the micro for abt 10 secs before using them). I went ahead and used tht meringue.

    2. They looked beautiful when i piped them out.. not runny for a change :P .. so no complaints abt that
    I rested them for abt 45 minutes till the skin formed, preheated my oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

    3. Now, when i put them in, they were alright for about 4 minutes, after which they started cracking a little on the sides, above the feet (i could see some were forming feet by then). My oven thermometer shows a drop in temp everytime i put in my tray, even though i try to be as quick as possible.. :(

    4. by about 10 minutes on the watch, the feet were formed with some macarons having cracks, while some were okay, but looked fragile!!!.. the crust looked so thin, like it could tear any moment.

    5. The sides of the feet started turning brown and the shells started changing colour too.. I opened the oven door to check one macaron for doneness and it was soft and stuck to the silpat. So this left me baffled, i didnt know if i had to continue baking or just remove the tray...

    I put my tray on the lowest rack for the macarons to atleast get properly cooked, but they just became more darker and i had to get them out..

    I waited for about 15minutes before trying to remove them....

    6. Lastly, most of them were stuck to the mat, forcing me to pull the out which led to further cracks..

    So in all a bad experience!!!

    but im not going to give up i reallllllly want to get them right... Please help me out... will be looking forward to your reply... coz i try every single day and i dont want to get them wrong anymore

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  33. I did not see the recipe for the filling. Did I miss it somewhere? Would you please share the recipe for the filling. Thank you!

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  34. Hi natalie! I thought i saw a thai tea macaron recipe here, am i wrong? I would like to try if you still have it? Thanks so much!!!!

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  35. My macs are now perfect and I have you to thank!!!

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  36. Hi...if you use cream of tartar, what is the recipe then please?

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  37. Hi, I was wondering how do I tell when the macarons are done in the oven i need to know ASAP!

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  38. Thank you sooooo much!!! I spent last four days testing my new oven and I went crazy, like for real, every single batch (of like three hundred macarons per day!) was wrong, cracking, uneven feet, hollow shells.... I was really desperated. Today I discovered your recipe and it finally works! Thats a miracle, again thank you, thank you! Funny thing is, I had a perfect foolproof recipe, that worked 100 percent for my old oven, unless I bought new one, this was real nightmare, till today... OH HAPPY DAY! :)

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  39. using the Italian method has made all the difference for me! thanks for this recipe!

    The trouble I'm having is that using my KitchenAid stand mixer, the 2 egg whites aren't "deep" enough to even touch the whisk attachment. So I'm whipping them all up by hand with a whisk, and it's killing my forearms!

    I might have to just double the recipe every time to get enough egg whites in the mixer bowl, or buy one of those old-school hand-held mixers just for the sole purpose of making macarons!

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  40. how long until did they dry? mine are drying and i feel like they aren't drying. not humid or anything in my home. I've had my shells dry for like 15 mins. when is it "too long?"

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  41. To date, 6 different recipes and 6 failures but today with your method for the 7th attempt 100% success, every macaron a complete winner, light and fluffy and with proper feet!

    I've reduced the overall quantity by half but beyond that, outstanding!!

    Drying time for the first batch of 3cm size was 30 minutes, but the last batch at 4cm were out for 60. Oven at 150c and 10 mins for the first batch, but the last and larger tray was 15 mins.

    Liquid egg whites used from a carton at room temperature and given two blasts in the microwave for 5 seconds each. Not sure if that was really necessary!

    My only 'worry' was that the egg white never got close to stiff peaks, it was good but really only soft peaks but it's not made any difference to the results.

    Thanks again, you've made my day with this :-)

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  42. I had only partial success with the French method, but these worked perfectly. I do recommend watching the video first and reading the tips & tricks for anyone trying this for the first time, though! For mine I put a couple teaspoons of matcha powder and green food coloring into the mass for a green tea macaron.

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    1. Hey, do you remember that without the food coloring, how was the color of the macarons? I don't have gel food coloring and it's quite expensive. I wanna make matcha macaron too.

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  43. Thanks so much for your recipe sharing! I love your blog and am eating some delightful and decadent macarons from our local (expensive) French bakery. I currently have a box of the rainbow delicacies to share with family and friends, and now knowing the process for creating these wonders convinces me that $19.95/dozen is reasonable. I'll gladly pay the price to purchase them, yummmm, worth every cent. It's obvious that great care and pride are invested along with time and quality ingredients to make them! P.S. I loved your little rant about sharing recipes - you are delight and generous to share recipes and images with such great detail and kindness so others can avoid failure by following your tips. Bake on!

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  44. Hi

    Do you fill your macarons before freezing? I tried these today for the first time and I am so happy with how they came out. Was trying as practice before my daughters bday. Would be nice to do them a little ahead since I have a cake to do too.

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  45. Questions:
    Do you have a recipe for the filling as well?
    And what do you recommend to do if I need to make them a week ahead? Any tips/ Tricks?
    Thanks!

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  46. Hi Natalie,

    do you think I can add some espresso powder to the egg white almond meal paste mix thing, to make it a sort of espresso macaron? If so how much? thank you and apologies for bugging you.

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  49. Do you think it's better to over beat or under beat the meringue before adding to the mass? And should the sides of the bowl be scraped down during beating with the kitchenaide? Thanks!

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  50. Hi Natalie I made macarons with your recipe today but they cracked even after resting them for 2 hours because they werent dry before that. Followed instructions to the T and oven temperature was accurate too.

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  52. Hi Natalie, thank you for sharing your wonderful macaron recipes. I have a couple questions hope you can clarify. In many of your macaron recipes, under the ingredients, you have a pinch of salt and 2 tsp cornstarch (if weather is humid); however, I didn't see you mention when to add a pinch of salt, instead, you mention to add a pinch of sugar to the meringue. Could you clarify when to add the pinch of salt.
    Also, if I ever need to add the cornstarch, could you explain how and when to add the cornstarch. Thanks.

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  53. Will liquid food dye work instead of gel?

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