Macarons people! Macarons! I feel like macarons are a mystery. They are the pastry that people like to eat, but hate to make. They have the reputation for being quite difficult to successfully tackle. They are a very technical pastry that require a strict following of the recipe.
I will admit that I am guilty of calling them “macaroons”. As does 90% of the population. It is actually pronounced “macaron” with only one “o”. I know this. However, I still call them macaroons. Always have. Always will. Forgive me.
I’ve honestly probably only had macarons a handful of times in my life. I like them. But can we just talk about how expensive they are?!? They are usually AT LEAST $2 each in a bakery. For a teenie tiny little macaron. However, I think that they are sooo fricken cute. Especially if you are good at making them and can get them smooth and perfect.
Now, I will say that these macarons are by no means perfect. The tops are a little lumpy, and uneven, but they are not too shabby for a first attempt.
I will also admit that when I peaked in the oven and saw that my macarons started to get little feet I squealed a little. “EEEK! THEY’RE WORKING! THEY’RE WORKING!”
And everything changed when I had the brilliant idea to dip them in sprinkles. So. Stinkin. Cute. I am definitely going to keep trying to make macarons. There are so many different flavor combinations to try! One day I will get them perfect!
These ones are pink though. So that is a step in the right direction.
I do have a few tips for you.
The first one: Make sure you sift your almond flour. Like a whole bunch of times. Almond flour is very clumpy, but you want it to be very fine. I sifted mine about 3 times. However, next time I will probably sift it a bit more.
Second: When piping the batter onto the baking sheet I first lined the baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, I found some macaron stencils online and printed them out. I placed the stencil underneath the parchment paper so that I could make all my macarons the same size. Same size macarons are very important so that when you sandwich them together they are even.
Third: Make your batter as colorful as possible! This, of course, is not essential. But the fun part about macarons is you can make them any color you want! I went with hot pink, because that is just who I am as a person, but you could literally do any color you want.
Keep calm and bake on