They are fun to make and whipping them up is even better when you get the kids in the house to lend a hand….
Fun for all the family!
Staples of chic French patisseries, macarons are perfect bite-size merengue confections sandwiched together with a delicious sweet or savoury filling. They’re made with egg white, ground almonds, icing sugar and sugar. Their versatility and visual appeal make them a popular choice with pastry chefs the world over, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a go at home. You can choose from a rainbow of food colourings, but our suggestion is to kick off with chocolate macarons! Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need
For the macarons
- whites of six large eggs
- 400g icing sugar
- 180g ground almonds
- 30g bitter cocoa powder
For the filling
- 250g dark chocolate
- 70g butter
- 200 ml liquid cream
Divide the preparation over two days as one part needs to rest overnight and share the steps between you… teamwork makes the dream work!
- Kids: Chop the chocolate.
- Mum: Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie.
- Dad: Heat the cream in another pan over low heat. Add the butter and stir well until you have a silky smooth liquid. Leave to cool.
- Kids: Stir the mixture well.
- Mum: Put the mixture in a bowl, cover it with cling film and store in the fridge until tomorrow.
- Mum: Choose a wide, deep bowl.
- Kids (with help): Sift the icing sugar, ground almonds and cocoa through a large, clean, dry sieve. Mix well.
- Dad: Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add them to the dry ingredients.
- Kids: Stir well with a wooden spoon.
- Mum: Put the mixture into a piping bag.
- Dad: Prepare a baking tray covered with baking paper and preheat the oven to 150º C.
- Kids (with help): With the piping bag, squeeze out small balls of the same size and at the same distance from each other. About forty is fine.
- Mum: Place the tray in the oven. After about twelve minutes, remove and allow them to cool.
- All together: Take them two at a time, spread the chocolate cream mixture you prepared yesterday onto the flat side of each macaron and sandwich them together.
- Mum: Store any leftovers in an airtight container… if there are any left, that is!