Hello everyone, I hope you are all well.
What I love most about macaroons is that they are so pretty when made in pastel colors, and they make such a nice present. They are simply the most perfect hostess gift.
Here is the recipe, enjoy!
These Lovely Lemon Macarons are filled with lemon curd, I just love the flavor of lemon…
Lovely lemon macarons (yield: 30)
- 2 tablespoons (35 g) regular sugar
- 4 1/4 oz. (120 g) egg whites
- 2/3 cup (150 g) regular sugar, for the sugar syrup
- 3 tablespoons (50 ml) water, for the sugar syrup
- 1 1/3 cup (150 g) ground almonds
- 1 ¼ cup (150 g) powdered sugar
- food coloring pastes, pastel colors (Squire Kitchen or Americolor)
- Lemon curd (you can find the recipe here)
Preheat the oven to 320 ˚F (160 ˚C).
Put halv of the egg whites (2 oz/60g) into a clean mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons (35 g) sugar and whisk until frothy.
In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar and water for the sugar syrup. Heat until the temperature reaches 245 ˚F (118 ˚C).
Put the powdered sugar, ground almonds and the rest of the egg whites into a large bowl and mix to a paste.
When the sugar syrup is 245 ˚F (118 ˚C), pour into the meringue mixture, whisking until the mixture becomes quite stiff and fluffy.
If you are using food coloring paste, add it here.
The whisking will take a few minutes.
Add the almond mixture to the meringue, using a rubber spatula to stir.
Stir until everything is well blended.
Use a macaron mat or simply line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a wide circular tip, such as Wilton 1A.
With the bag held vertically, pipe 1 ½-inch (4 cm) flat circles onto the lined tray, alternatively use a macaron baking mat to achieve perfectly shaped macarons.
Leave to dry for at least one hour, then bake on top of another (empty) baking tray on the bottom shelf in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
Cover the macarons with a sheet of baking parchment for the last 3-5 minutes to preserve the lovely pastel color. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
If you’re using a silicone mat like this one – leave them there overnight before removing from the mat.
If you’re using a lined baking tray the macarons can be removed after 30 minutes without breaking.
I made these in various pastel colors…
Lemon curd is my choice of filling for these macarons, you can find the recipe here, but feel free to use the filling you like best.
So tangy, so delicious… these are my favorite macarons!
I love this mix of pastel colors…
I hope you are inspired…
That’s it for today, I wish you all a great week!
Hugs from me to you.