Robin's Egg Macarons
April 12 2020
Sometimes you just make a mistake when you're cooking or baking. Usually, I end up throwing it out and starting all over again. When I pulled these macarons out of the oven, I was ready to throw these cracked bad boys out, until I realized that they look exactly like eggs about to hatch! That's all I needed to justify photographing them and putting them into my blog!
The recipe for these Robin's Egg Macarons, from Broma Bakery, gives specific tips on how to make macarons so that they are perfect (check out this link). Well, I guess I should have read the tips prior to making these! Haha! I know some of you do that, too!
No matter...I love these just the way they are...🎶
If you are familiar with making macarons, this isn't the typical way. You normally don't make a Swiss meringue as your base. You usually sift the almond flour and confectioner's sugar 2-3 times prior to folding it into the meringue. You typically allow them to air-dry for 30 minutes or so prior to baking. But, I love the ease with which you can make these, and if you simply don't overmix them, they won't have the cracks.
I love the gorgeous Robin's egg blue with the speckles! I guarantee your kids will have a blast helping you with these (just look out for brown specks all over your kitchen).
This is a wonderful recipe for Passover, too. Reminds us of Spring, rebirth, fragility and beauty!
Happy holidays, my friends!💞
Makes: 30 Macarons
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
For the Macarons:
100g egg whites
100g granulated sugar
100g almond flour
100g powdered sugar
1 drop blue food coloring
1/2 drop pink food coloring
5 drops brown food coloring + 1/2 teaspoon water
For the Chocolate Filling:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
2–3 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Heat a small pot of water over medium heat until it steams. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine egg whites and granulated sugar. Place bowl over steaming pot, creating a double boiler. Whisk egg whites and sugar until sugar melts completely and egg whites become white and frothy, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat and place bowl back onto standing mixer.
Fit stand mixer with whisk attachment and whisk on high speed for 2-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar, then gently shake into meringue bowl. Add in the blue and pink food coloring. Place bowl onto stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
Turn mixer to medium speed and whisk for 10 seconds. Adjust the food coloring as needed, but do not over mix the batter. Stop mixer and use a spatula to scoop up some of the batter. If you can make a figure-eight with the dripping batter without the batter breaking, you can stop. But most likely you will need another 3-5 seconds. So repeat process, and try the figure-eight again. The best way to describe the perfect consistency is like slow moving lava. It should give, but only slightly, like in slow-motion.
Once your batter is the correct consistency, scoop it into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1-inch tip. Pipe silver dollar-sized circles onto prepared baking sheets, keeping about 1 1/2 inches between each meringue. Bang baking sheet on counter 3 times to remove any air bubbles.
In a small bowl combine a few drops of brown food coloring with a little bit of water. Use a dry brush to splatter the macarons lightly to create the faux robin’s egg blue. No need to let the macarons dry, just pop them into the prepared oven for 13 minutes, turning around halfway through, then allow to cool completely before removing from baking sheets.
While the macarons are baking, make the buttercream. Cream the butter in a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.Add in the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 60 seconds, until the frosting is nicely whipped. If the frosting is too dry, add in another teaspoon of milk.
Scoop mixture into a piping bag fitted with a ½-inch star tip. Once the macarons have cooled completely, pipe the buttercream around the bottom half of the macarons. Sandwich with another macaron. Repeat with all macarons.
Make sure to not overmix OR undermix the macaron batter!
It won’t hurt your macarons to dry out, but no need to let the macarons dry before placing in the oven!
Recipe from Broma Bakery