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Simple, delicate, and beautiful
The French macaron is a delicate yet simple little cookie. It can be customized in many different ways and only your imagination is the limit. You can make them yourself at home and experiment with different flavors. This is a basic french macaron recipe for you to customize, made from only five ingredients available in your grocery store.
The Frenc macaron is a cookie with ground almonds or almond flour as the base combined with confectioners sugar and egg whites. These are tricky cookies to make, but practice makes perfect. You can always eat the mistakes.
I still consider myself to be in the experimental stage of French macaron baking. I have learned a few lessons, gained a few tips, and made a few changes. When I first started out, I read and watched videos on the subject.
The best tutorial out there is from Beth at Entertaining with Beth. Beth’s easy instructions and tips are still helping me perfect my recipe and technique. My macarons are based on her basic
Flavor variations and experimentation
I am loving how versatile this gorgeous little cookie is. You can basically flavor it with anything such as fruit, tea, extracts, fruit rind, the sky is the limit. I have enjoyed using herbal teas lately in my F
Start with the basic f
That is where my Womankind French macarons come into the story. I am in love with this tea, it’s a combination of rose, vanilla, and cranberry flavors. Fill these with a light, lemon swiss buttercream for a delicious contrast.
Another flavor I enjoy is Earl Grey as a tea infusion for french macarons, combined with a lemon buttercream filling. These macarons are pleasing to the eye with a soft blue hue over their smooth macaron surface. I’m in love, can you tell?
More than just a pretty face
French macarons are stunning to look at and to photograph, perfect for a wedding or baby shower in beautiful pastel or bold colors. However, there is a lot going on under the surface of that shiny exterior.
The french macaron is a perfect combination of technique, timing, and temperature. Keep trying until you get it right, it is well worth your effort.
Ingredient and flavor variations
To make the Womankind or Earl Grey tea french macarons you only need two tea bags of the respective flavor of your choosing. If you find it to be too coarse, grind it down with a mortar and pestle to the desired powder coarseness.
Add your tea powder to your dry ingredients and mix in as the recipe directs to infuse the flavor into your french macarons. You can also reserve some of the tea powder to sprinkle across your macarons right before you set them out to rest.
Decorate them with a little stripe or a pinch in the center for added texture and interest.
There are many different types of fillings that you can choose for your F
Another popular filling in the world of baking french macarons is chocolate based ganache. I will eventually give this one a try because you really can’t go wrong with chocolate. Seriously, you can’t, right?
The buttercream I prefer to use is Swiss Buttercream. You will not get the silky smooth appearance from American Buttercream. Trust me on this one, you want to use either Swiss or Italian buttercream for filling.
The waiting is the hardest part
I consider myself a patient person in general but waiting for a F
Resting in the fridge allows the cookie shell to absorb the buttercream, this is essential to the texture in my opinion. I’ve eaten them right after assembly and alternatively the next day. The rested macarons are by far the winner in texture and taste.
Experiment and find your favorties
I hope this has inspired you to bake your very own version using this basic French macaron recipe. Be bold and add strained puree raspberries or blueberries. Fruit zest will give a delicious zip to your French macaron. Don’t forget teas, there are so many options using your favorite tea.
Enjoy creating your own French macarons and pass on the love of this recipe along with your macarons to a friend.