Sunday, 27 March 2016

How To Make Chocolate Macaroons.... sort of

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For a first attempt of macaroons, they're not actually that bad.... They still taste like a macaroon jut don't quite look like one! And I do know what went wrong, so I'll make sure to point out my failings in the recipe.

The recipe I used was one from the Nutella recipe book, so if you're not all chocolated out from Easter already then here's a bit more chocolate for you! If you're fed up of chocolate, the recipe can easily be adapted to change to raspberry, strawberry or any kind of macaroon flavour you fancy.

Ingredients you'll need to make 40 small macaroons:
6 egg whites
260g icing sugar
240g ground almonds
30g cocoa powder
200g caster sugar
Nutella to ice

Step 1
Beat the egg whites in a bowl. IMPORTANT: Make sure the bowl isn't greasy and doesn't have any flour or sugar bits as the egg whites won't beat together! When they start to become more meringue like, add the sugar gradually and continue beating until it is stiff.

Step 2
In another bowl, sieve and combine the icing sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder together. Make sure they're sieved together properly, otherwise it'll cause lumpy macaroons!

Step 3
Fold the sieved ingredients in with the egg whites and sugar mixture gradually. Use large and gentle movements for about 2 minutes or until it's all combined.

Step 4
Cover a tray with a baking sheet and pipe on small macaroon-sized circles with the mixture. Tip: Make sure the macaroons are flat and round, rather than pipped with a swirl on top! Then set aside for 20 minutes in a dry place until a crust forms on the surface.

Step 5
Put the macaroons in a preheated oven at 140° and bake for 10-15 minutes, checking at 5 minute intervals.

Step 6
Once cooked, leave the macaroons to cool for 5-10 minutes then remove from the baking sheet. When cold, spread a good layer of Nutella and sandwich together with another half and voila!

So the mistakes I had was I didn't sieve the dry ingredients first, didn't flatten them into a circle once piped and probably should've left them in the oven for another few minutes. But overall I was pretty impressed with my first attempt and glad they were at least edible!

Have you tried making macaroons before?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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