Basic French Macaron Recipe

Basic French Macaron Recipe

Womankind french macarons
Womankind french macarons

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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.

Delicate French macarons infused with tea

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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 french macaron recipe that you can read here.

Delicious French macarons basic recipe

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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 French macarons, especially Pukka Tea.

Start with the basic french macaron recipe and add flavorings that you think would enjoy and experiment. The worse thing that can happen is an ugly cookie that you have to eat. What a shame.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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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?

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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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.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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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.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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Buttercream filling

There are many different types of fillings that you can choose for your French macarons. Buttercream is my personal favorite because I love the texture being smooth and silky.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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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.

John at Preppy Kitchen has a recipe for both buttercreams that are my absolute favorites. Visit him here and watch his amazing video tutorials on how to perfect Swiss buttercream.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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The waiting is the hardest part

I consider myself a patient person in general but waiting for a French macaron to age is an exercise in pure willpower. Once you assemble your french macaron and put into the refrigerator it needs to rest at least a day. Why wait?

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.

Delicate French macarons basic recipe

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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.

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8 Replies to “Basic French Macaron Recipe”

    1. They are tricky little cookies but I love the challenge! Every time I make a batch I critique what could be better and then I troubleshoot it. Either way, you are eating a cookie!

  1. Thanks Michelle for sharing this!
    I didn’t know they should rest in the fridge.. ahaha, I just eat them after I make them 😀


    1. Haha! Who could resist? We eat them too because we can’t wait, but after they soak up the filling- it definitely takes it up a notch. Thanks for coming by Isa!

  2. Oh these sound soooo good. I’m going to have to try to make these sometime! I love macaroons, but have heard they are really hard to make. I will try these sometime though, I’d love to try different flavors!

    1. They can be pretty challenging to get “just right”, but honestly, even the ugly ones taste great! LOL We just eat the mistakes and keep practicing. Give it a go!

  3. I loved reading this post and I’m kinda tempted to make a batch of macaroons but I can’t eat anything sweet. Sucks right? Anyways I have a post similar to this on my blog so I’ll link back to this.

    1. I shouldn’t eat them! But it’s all in the name of “research” to create the perfect macaron! I’d suggest making up a batch and giving them away as gifts. They are so beautiful and impressive. Thanks for the backlink, I’ll have to come to check out your post.

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