This is an easy macaron recipe without mixer. Yes, it’s possible. I beat egg whites and heavy cream with a hand whisk often. I made macarons for the first time in my life at cooking school in Paris. And I was one of a few students who made good macarons in my class. I’d say that was really a beginner’s luck. There are so many macaron recipes, I will not make my own one. Today I will use simple Cordon Bleu recipe (amount of ingredients) and I will make meringue with my hand.
First, whip egg whites and sugar until peaks.
This is French meringue.
Add in food color. Today I used ‘red’ one.
Sift almond flour and confectioners’ sugar.
And whisk the dry ingredients to combine.
Add in the dry mixture into meringue.
Then do macaronage until shiny.
Pipe on a parchment paper lined pan.
Then bake at 300 degrees F. for 13 minutes.
Then fill with strawberry jam and make macaron sandwiches.
Happy cooking and good luck!
- 60 g egg white (2.1 oz; 0.22 cup; 3 tablespoons and 2 teaspoon)
- 30 g caster sugar (1 oz; 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon)
- 50 g ground almonds (1.7 oz; ½ cup)*
- 90 g confectioners’ sugar (3.2 oz; 0.72 cup)
- Pinch salt
- 40 g Strawberry jam (1.4 oz; ⅛ cup)
- 1 or 2 drops of red food coloring
- 1. In a mixing bowl, add in the egg whites. And beat it rigorously until foamy. You can opt for electric mixer. Then slowly add in caster sugar while whipping. Continue to incorporate the air into the egg whites until soft peaks form. This is called, French meringue.
- 2. Add a drop of red coloring in the meringue. Don’t add too much unless you want really vivid red. Whisk until combined.
- 3. In another bowl, sift ground almonds, confectioners’ sugar, and salt. And whisk together.
- 4. Pour the confectioners’ sugar mixture into the meringue and fold with a spatula (and/or a scraper). Stop folding when the surface of the batter starts to be shiny.
- 5. Fill a pastry bag fitted with 1 cm (3/5 inch) pastry tip with the batter. Then line the parchment paper on the baking sheet. Then pipe 2.5 cm (1 inch) disks on a parchment paper. Macarons should be 5 cm (2 inches) apart from each other. After finishing piping, bang the trays hard a few times to remove air bubbles out of macarons.
- 6. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. or 300 F.
- 7. Let stand macarons at room-temperture until the surface is dried. It takes somewhere between 30 minutes to one hour. Touch with a finger on a macaron to see if it’s dried enough.
- 8. Bake for 13 minutes. Out of oven, let cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, remove macarons carefully off the parchment paper. Well-cooked macarons should not have problems sticking too much to the parchment paper.
- 9. On the bottom side of a macaron, put a teaspoonful of strawberry jam and make a sandwich with another macaron.
- You can have it on the day you bake but the taste is the best the next day. Bon appetit!
- If you can’t find ground almonds, make your own. Pulse blenched and chopped almonds in a food processor until finely grounded.