Place almonds in a food processor and process until as fine as possible. Then add powdered sugar and mix all well. Pass through a fine sieve into a bowl. Set aside.
In a bowl of a stand mixer, mix together egg whites and granulated sugar. With a whisking attachment on, beat on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the almond mixture and add a few drops of food coloring. Using a kitchen spatula, fold the mixture with about 30-35 complete strokes. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line some parchment paper over a baking sheet and set aside.
Now, transfer the batter to a piping bag with a round tip and pipe onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until risen and set. Remove from the oven and cool to a room temperature.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, combine all ingredients and beat well on medium-high speed. Divide between half of the macarons and top with the remaining half and serve.
These French patisserie beauties are a worldwide famous dessert known for their fluffy texture, rich filling, and fantastic colors. Preparing macarons at home can be quite difficult at first until you have mastered the art of these delicious bites. The trick lies in following the exact recipe – precisely weigh the ingredients, fold the batter 30 times, and let it rest before piping. The oven temperature also has to be exact otherwise you’ll end up with burnt or underdone macarons within a couple of minutes.
However, with a bit of practice, preparing beautiful macarons will become as easy as making pancakes. Just be patient and have fun which is the most important.
Nutrition information per serving: Kcal: 354, Protein: 8.3g, Total Carbs: 31.7g, Dietary Fibers: 7g, Total Fat: 24.1g
French macarons can be filled with endless combinations – sweet, sour, floral, tea, exotic, nutty, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, matcha powder, maca powder, rum, cream, almonds, berries, etc. This recipe includes my favorite matcha green tea cupcake frosting recipe that works amazingly with macarons as well. It’s based on margarine (or regular butter, almond butter, coconut butter, etc.), powdered sugar, matcha green tea, and soy milk (any other milk will work fine).