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How to make macarons

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This French patisserie classic is delicate and tricky to master. Watch our simple step-by-step guide for making beautiful coloured macarons.

Basic method for making macarons

  1. Draw 2.5cm circles using a cutter or £2 coin on a piece of baking parchment. They should be well spaced. Turn the parchment over.
  2. Blitz the icing sugar and almonds in a food processor, then press through a sieve so the mixture becomes fine and lump free. Mix in the first batch of egg whites to form a thick paste.
  3. Dissolve the sugar in water over a medium heat, bring to a boil and cook until the syrup registers 110C.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until frothy.
  5. When the sugar reaches 118C, slowly drizzle it down the side of the bowl avoiding the turning whisk. Continue to whisk until the mixture has cooled and you have a shiny peaked meringue mixture. Whisk in any colouring.
  6. Gently fold and work the meringue into the almond paste - it should now have a dropping consistency similar to cake mixture.
  7. Put the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle. Stick the baking paper down with a little mixture so it doesn’t slide around when you pipe. Pipe out small dollops of mixture and press down the peaks with a damp finger.
  8. Leave the macaroons for around half an hour to form a skin.
  9. Bake the macaroons for the exact time stated in the recipe. This needs to be precise so test one – it should feel firm to the touch and peel easily off the paper. When done, immediately slide the parchment onto the work surface. Cool on the paper.
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See our recipe for chocolate and raspberry macarons (or French macaroons). Read our tips below.

TIPS
HOW TO MAKE MACAROONS
The easiest way to fill a piping bag is to push the bag into the nozzle to stop the mixture from oozing out. Arrange the bag over a narrow jug or bowl and spoon in the mixture.
HOW TO MAKE MACAROONS
You can store macaroons in a tin for up to 1 week. Sandwich the macaroons together with the filling of your choice when ready to serve.
HOW TO MAKE MACAROONS
Not all macaroon recipes use sugar syrup, try our chocolate macaroons for a simpler version.
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