Monday, 9 August 2010

Pastel Macaroons

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So for the Summer installment from the Eat Me book that was given to me by friend Kat, I chose these Pastel Macaroons (see here for Spring). Macaroons are the blogger's favourite sweet treat and although I was looking forward to making them (or eating them rather), at the same time I was a little apprehensive having heard they can be quite difficult to make.

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Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/Gas 4. Line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.

Whisk the egg whites until stiff, not dry. Sprinkle with caster sugar and continue whisking until stiff again. Stir the icing sugar together with the ground almonds and then gently mix into the egg whites. Add a minute amount of colour paste and your flavouring of choice*.

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*I chose to make just rose macaroons so that I didn't have to buy all of the different products. Add a half teaspoon of rose water to the macaroon mixture and half to the filling. Add a dot of pink colouring paste to each.

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Using a piping bag and a plain 1cm nozzle, pipe small rounds of the macaroon mixture onto the greaseproof paper. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the macaroons are set but not dried out. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the paper.

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Cream the butter and sugar for the filling before slowly adding the ground nuts. Carry on beating to achieve a creamy texture, before adding your choice of flavour and colour.

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There were a few things I would change in making these again. I ended up using 3 medium egg whites instead of the 2 large egg whites, which resulted in my mixture being runny and I think which made the discs a little flat and not as puffy as I would have liked. Also, I was very cautious on the colour, I would use a lot more next time to achieve a more vivid pink shade. And the same for the flavouring, I would like them to be a little more fragrant. But one thing that was not lacking was the taste.... absolutely scrumptious! And of course the perfect accompaniment to Ladurée's Rose tea.

42 comments:

  1. Wow, these look delish!
    A friend of mine made some the other day - chilli & chocolate...
    yummm

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  2. *Gasp*! I have been dying to get the eat me book. It is one of the most adorablest (if thats even a word) baking books I think Ive ever seen! Ahh your macaroons look yummy. Ive only ever made macaroons once, and would love to make them again.

    p.s I love your blog!

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  3. The kook great!
    I want to make them!

    http://stylecoffee.blogspot.com/

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  4. your blog is so lovely!

    x jessica
    http://rainb0wpieces.blogspot.com/

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  5. They looks delicious, and you make it look easy!

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  6. These look absolutely amazing! I'd love to try my hand at making them!

    Leia

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  7. wow! i'm so impressed that you made your own! they look so good! and it's always a good thing when you've got ideas on how to make them better next time. very inspirational! would love to try this myself. xx

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  8. I've bee working myself up to making macaroons for ages ... but I haven't quite made it yet. Yours look lovely!

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  9. You're amazing!
    I wish i could make something as pretty and delectable as this...and keep it looking so aesthetically pleasing...fantastic!

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  10. Wow, they look total scrumptious indeed!! I've never had macaroons (not sure why) but I think I might make some seeing as it isn't very difficult x

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  11. ooh they look very delicious and the photos are beautiful. Did it take long time to bake them?
    Livia

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  12. Those are gorgeous! I quite like the contrast between the pink filling and the creamy beige cookie shell.

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  13. Wow this looks so yummy!!!! :)

    I gave you an award in my blog!!

    xxxx

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  14. Wow! Your macaroons look delightful. I bet they tasted marvelous. Can you believe I've never had one. I think I'll have to definitely try making some soon.

    xx Love & Aloha

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  15. Ooooh Wow!!! Those look sooo good, I have never tried to make macaroons but after seeing these I think I might give it a go :)

    Laura x

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  16. They look very pretty and sweet. You know, I've never tasted a macaroon? I've got to try one some day!

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  17. I've been wanting to make these to but after seeing how difficult they are to master I haven't got round to it.

    I actually saw on TV recently that they put the baking tray on boiling water in the oven so maybe that's worth trying out xoxo

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  18. wow, you did an amazing job! they look delicious. i'd love to try making these!

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  19. These look so so good. I've seen them everywhere and been dying to make them!

    http://wearingitonmysleeves.blogspot.com

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  20. earlier on this afternoon i was hunting out recipes so totally loving the post! x

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  21. chatcosmopolite - not long to bake in the oven but quite a lot of preparation & mixing. i guess i was on for well over an hour, with all of the cleaning up afterwards.

    cate - thanks for the tip :-)

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  22. They look fab! Love your vintage china too. I do want to give them a go but fear things will go disastrously wrong! :)

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  23. I tried making macaroons once but they didn't turn out too well so I think I'll stick with buying them! They are too complicated for me haha.

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  24. mmmm i looove macaroons! looks so yummy.
    your blog is super pretty, by the way =]

    postcards from dreamland ♥

    ps- don't forget to check out my giveaway! ♥

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  25. Yum, these look amazing and so do the photos.

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  26. oooh your macaroons came out looking so pretty :)

    xoxo
    Olivia

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  27. They look so delicious. Wishing I has more time for time for creative cooking. Perhaps I should make more time.

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  28. they must be little bites of heaven! they look just as nice!
    xx

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  29. Ooooh another yummy treat from Eat Me!
    And such pretty photos to go with them.
    xx kat

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  31. Oh how lovely, they turned out so beautiful, and I think you would be such a perfect tea companion! One of these days, we'll do tea ;)

    xoxo
    Solanah

    vixenvintage.blogspot.com

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  32. These are so pretty and dainty - such lovely colours. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  33. they are the nicest looks things but sadly i don't like the taste, gosh darn!

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  34. Oh my gosh, these look simply scrumptious! I have been itching to make macaroons for ages, ever since I started seeing pictures of the Laduree macaroons all over the web. So now after seeing how beautiful yours turned out, I resolve to finally get around to baking my own macaroons!

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  35. I so admire you for being able to make these. Beautifully, as well. I heard it's very tough to make.

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  36. Mmm- I need to make myself a batch of macaroons. Your photos are making me hungry! xx

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  37. they are so cute!!!! maracons are not the easiest so i commend you on such a lovely job!!!

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

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  38. They look delicious! I love the photos you took.

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