Wednesday, January 7, 2009
80g egg white (at room temperature)
65g caster sugar
80g ground almond
140g icing sugar
1/2tsp lemon juice
orange red colouring powder
1. Line 3 to 4 baking trays with silicon sheet.
2. Use a round cookies cutter, press it into some cocoa powder or flour.
3. Use the cookies cutter to make some round imprint on the silicon sheet and set aside.
4. Sift icing sugar and almond together and set aside.
5. Pour sugar and egg white into a heatproof pan and place it over a saucepan of simmering water.
6. Stir constantly until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is warm to the touch (about 55C). Remove pan now and then so that the egg white will not be cooked.
7. Pour the egg white into the mixing bowl with the whisk attachment and beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks then add in lemon juice and powder colouring.
8. Continue to beat until medium stiff peaks.
9. Fold in the sifted mixture in 4 portions into the meringue. Do not over fold. (Batter should be slightly thicker then cake batter.)
10. Spoon batter into a piping bag and pipe it within the round imprint which had made earlier on.
11.Let the macarons to rest for 30mins.
12.Preheat oven to 150C.
13.Bake a tray at a time for 20-25mins, depend on individual oven. (For my table top oven, I switch to bottom fire with fan mode so my macarons are bake properly without any crack. After baking the 3rd tray, I leave the door of the oven ajar for a while then I put in the 4th tray. This allow the temperature to drop slightly.)
14.Remove macarons and cool on a wire rack.
15.Pipe the butter cream around the macaron and then pipe some hazelnut spread in the centre.
16.Sandwich with another macaron together.
17.Keep in the fridge to let the filling firm.
-Pour egg white in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and poke a few holes on it. Let it stand at room temperature overnight.
-You can blend icing powder and ground almond together in a food processor to get a fine texture.
-Use only powder colouring as liquid colouring will result a soft shell and mushy macarons.
-Macarons using Swiss Meringue will be more crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside.