Friday, June 11, 2010

Macarons take 2 + recipe

Thanks for your lovely comments about my macarons - I would have liked to have sent one to you all to enjoy with a cuppa.

The other day I made Raspberry macarons and the results were good, in fact they taste more like I imagine a macaron should taste. I didn't add enough colour to the mixture and then overdid it with the filling (which is unbelievably sweet) but they're quite nice I think.

A few of your asked for the chocolate recipe from the other day so here it is. It's really not difficult so give it a go.

Chocolate Almond Macarons
3 egg whites
1/4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
1 cup (160g) icing (confectioner's) sugar
1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
1 cup (120g) ground almond (almond meal)
2 teaspoons cocoa powder, extra
1/4 cup (60mls) pouring cream
150g (5 ounces) dark eating chocolate, chopped finely

  1. Grease oven trays, line with baking paper (I just dabbed a tiny bit of oil under the paper to hold them in place). Use a good non-stick baking paper.
  2. Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add caster sugar, beat until sugar dissolves; transfer mixture to large bowl. Fold in sifted icing sugar and cocoa and ground almonds, in two batches.
  3. Spoon mixture into piping bag with 2cm plain tube (I just used a snap-lock bag and cut off the corner). Pipe 4cm rounds (or a little smaller) about 2cm apart onto trays. Tap trays on bench so mixture spreads a little. Dust macarons with extra sifted cocoa powder, stand 30mins.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 150degrees C/ 300degrees F (if fan forced reduce by 10degrees).
  5. Bake macarons about 20 minutes. They should feel crisp and dry on top but will still be soft inside. Cool on trays.
  6. Bring cream to the boil in small saucepan, remove from heat; add chocolate, stir until smooth. Refrigerate about 20mins or until spreadable.
  7. Sandwich macaroons with chocolate filing.
Note: unfilled macrons will keep up to a week in an airtight container. Fill them just before serving.
This recipe came from the new Womans Weekly Macaroon and Biscuit cookbook. Enjoy!!
ps I must comment on the spelling of macaron. In the book it says macaroon but I have read in numerous places that it should only be one 'o'. Who knows? Doesn't matter, they still taste good!

I'm linking up with Joyce from I Love Pretty Little Things for her Friday Pretties posts. Please drop by for a look!
Have a wonderful weekend bloggies!! It's a long weeend in Tasmania so YAY!!


  1. Sarah, these raspberry macaroons / macarons look delicious! I am not a chocolate girl, but LOVE raspberry anything:) May I ask if this recipe also came from the same book as the chocolate recipe? Thanks:) They look so yum! Hope you have a wonderful weekend ~ Tina xx

  2. Sarah, your maracons look perfect!! They look exactly like something you'd expect to be photographed for a recipe book. Can't wait to give your chocolate ones a go, will be perfect for those times I have egg whites left over from another dish I make which I never know what to do with. Hope your weekend is a wonderful one xx

  3. Thank you Sarah :)

    And also thank you for this recipe. :p

  4. The raspberry macarons look just as good as the chocolate ones. Thanks for sharing the recipe Sarah! Have a great weekend. xx

  5. They look so pretty! I'm with Tina about chocolate.... Bring on the raspberry recipe pretty please? Have a great weekend!

  6. Hi Sarah, they look almost too pretty to eat...emphasis on the almost, ha ha, cheers Katherine

  7. My favourites, yours looks very yummy....

    Leeann x

  8. Yum, bet they taste as good as they look! I'll have to try your recipe..Have a great weekend..Rachaelxx

  9. Oh those look so yummy! I don't think I've tried a macaroon either! But I've seen some on some blogs lately and they look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm definitely going to give them a try!

  10. Oh my gosh - just how many of these delicious pretties have you taste-tested?? How divine!
    Enjoy your lovely long weekend. xx

  11. Yammie yammie !!!! Sarah !!!.it's a great recipe !!

    Hugs happy prettie friday...............Ria xxxxxxxxx

  12. These are so cute. I've never made macaroons though these are so pretty and 'afternoon tea perfect' I hope to try the recipe this long weekend!
    Thanks so much!

  13. Hi Sarah,
    Oooh, today is desert day in our house, perhaps these will do!
    Question: is pouring cream possibly regular whipping cream (heavy cream)?
    About spelling, here's a guess-macaron is the french spelling, and macaroon is the english spelling.

    Have a great weekend!


  14. Those looks so good! And, they are so Pretty!!!
    Thanks for playing Friday Pretties today.
    Have great weekend! :)

  15. if i send you my address ... can you pop a few in the mail? he he
    have a lovely weekend... thank you for this delicious receipe! xx pam

  16. oh yeah, now thats what I am talkin about!!

  17. Okay the chocolate ones looked great but these are WAY more up my alley!! Thanks for the recipe. This will be fun to do this summer!

  18. Wow, I would have thought this was a photo of pink macarons in a paris patisserie if you hadn't told us, they look yummmo!
    Next time you're in Sydney you'll have to go to the Lindt cafe, they have a huge array of macarons of different flavours.... aaaaaaahhhh yum. Have a great weekend Sarah!

  19. Oh my gosh!!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing this! I haven't even thought about making these because they looked too fancy, but now I may just have to give them a try! They look quite yummy.


  20. Thanks Sarah, I will be giving these a try once exams are over :)

  21. Ahh, these look quite decadent...I think I might have to give these sweet little pretties a try ...thanks for the on Rosie

  22. Yum! These are adorable! :) xoxo

  23. You know, I have never had a macaron in my life. I am going to try your receipe out...maybe if it doesn't look too complicated!

  24. Those macaroons looks perfect! Deliciously pink too, I will absolutely give them a go!
    :) Flick

  25. I love to bake, but have never tried these. Yours look absolutley delicious. Loved your Q & A intodays post. Such fun to see people answers to the same questions.


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