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Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today I was inspired by a key ring I bought when I was in Paris; a little pink macaron, a heart and the Eiffel Tower.

The result: lovely turquoise macarons with a pink candy filling.

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

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Turquoise Vanilla French Macarons

  • 2 tablespoons (35 g) regular sugar
  • 4 1/4 oz. (120 g) egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (split in half lengthways and seeds scraped out)
  • 2/3 cup (150 g) regular sugar, for the sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) water, for the sugar syrup
  • a drop of turquoise food coloring (from Americolor)
  • 1 1/3 cup (150 g) finely ground almonds
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 g) powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 320 ˚F (160 ˚C).

Put the finely ground almonds, powdered sugar and half of the egg whites into a bowl.

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Mix to a paste.

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Set aside for now.

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In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar and water for the sugar syrup, and seeds from the vanilla bean. Heat until the temperature reaches 245 ˚F (118 ˚C).

Put the other half of the egg whites into a mixingbowl with 2 tablespoons sugar, whisk until frothy.

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Add the sugar syrup to the meringue while still whisking.

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Whisk for another 3 minutes.

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Add a drop of turquoise food coloring here, if using.

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Just love this color.

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Fold in the almond paste with a rubber spatula.

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Line a baking tray with baking parchment and spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large Wilton 1A tip.

With the bag held vertically, pipe 1 ½-inch (4 cm) flat circles onto the lined tray, alternatively use a macaroon baking mat to achieve perfectly shaped macaroons.

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Leave to rest for at least one hour.

Bake on the bottom shelf in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

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Leave to cool completely.

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I made a candy frosting for these macarons, you can find the recipe here.

I used strawberry taffies to make the frosting, but use the flavor you like best.

If you prefer a different frosting, take a look  here for some more alternatives.

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I hope you are inspired to try making these!

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I wish you all a wonderful day.

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