We all love a cupcake. Some more than most (hello mouse!). The love will never die BUT if you want to cater for the chic and up to date hipsters that will frequent your party, the sweet treat that should be gracing your tables are macaroons.
Often associated with the sweet patisseries lining the streets of Paris, macaroons are a major culinary trend at the moment. They look so pretty, can be made to any colour or flavour and are deeeeelicious. If you are unfamiliar with the macaroon they are basically little meringue biscuits filled with cream/jam/icing.
And these little guys are NOT difficult to make! My first batch was very successful so if I can do it, you guys definately can.
If you’d like to have a bash, here is the basic recipe I used to make mine. I found lots on the internet but this one seemed the easiest to follow (I’m afraid I’ve lost the link to the original recipe!)
- Sift the icing sugar and almonds together in one bowl.
- In a seperate bowl, beat the egg whites with the caster sugar and a few drops of food colouring until you have a firm shiny meringue.
- Fold the meringue a 1/3 at a time into the almond/icing sugar mixture.
- Once you have folded the mixtures together, part the mixture in the middle. If it slides back (abit like lava) you’re ready to go.
- Cover your baking tray with greaseproof paper and place blobs of mixture onto it. Using a piping bag is great.
6. Once your tray is filled, tap the baking tray on your work surface to remove any air bubbles.
7. Let them rest for 15 minutes.
8. Bake your macaroons at 170c for 10 minutes. When they’re cooked they should have a little ‘skirt’ around the bottom.
9. Fill your macaroons with a filling of your choice. I used chocolate butter cream in mine, but many have jam in as well.