It’s raining macarons at my place. I’ve baked way too many batches of macarons for my own good. Oh well I am macaron crazy. I love the whole macaron experience – right from making the meringue, piping, baking, filling and ultimately devouring them. I don’t know what it is about this cookies that just do it for me. It’s my kryptonite i tell ya.
I don’t remember the first time I tasted these lil’ jewels but I’m pretty sure there were fireworks in the background. I knew it was going to be a long-term affair for me. Since moving to Melbourne last year, I’ve been completely obsessed with making them. For starters, this is definitely NOT an easy cookie to make. It requires a lot of practice, precision and most importantly patience! But once you get the hang of it I’m pretty sure you’ll be addicted to making them.
There are 2 methods in making macarons – French meringue method and the Italian meringue method. It is always recommended for beginners to start with the Italian meringue method as it yields a stable meringue as opposed to the French meringue method. But the mere thought of cooking the sugar syrup to a certain temperature and then pouring it over the beaten eggs seemed all too daunting for me back then as a beginner, that I’ve always steered clear from it. Although that is not the case nowadays as I do prefer the Italian method now.
As a beginner, I strongly feel it is easier to learn the French method as it is less complicated. However a few essential must-haves before starting out on this macaron journey is to invest in a good kitchen scale and an oven thermometer. I find it virtually impossible to bake anything, let alone macarons without these 2 tools in my kitchen. I ALWAYS measure my ingredients as it produces consistent results. Unless you have a brand new oven or a recently calibrated oven, chances are your oven temperature is not accurate. This is where using an oven thermometer comes in handy. You might be surprised at the varying degree of temperatures. Since macarons are notoriously finicky, its best to get one. Plus its inexpensive too 🙂
When I first made macarons, I chose to do a chocolate one. So as an ode to that I’m sharing with you this chocolate macaron recipe that never fails me. I really do hope you try your hand at making them. Even if you don’t succeed at the first attempt, I assure you they will still taste pretty darn good! Keep trying and soon enough you too will be able to master this craft 🙂