These French macarons are perfectly light, yet crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. They are a classic lemon flavour that never goes out of stye!
Tips & Tricks
Grind almond flour and powdered sugar together, then sift through a fine mesh sieve to make sure there aren’t any lumps.
Make sure your mixing bowl is clean. Any residual fat/grease can sabotage your meringue.
Beat your egg whites until soft and foamy before adding sugar. Then slowly add your sugar in approx. 3 batches. This helps dissolve the sugar.
Perfect your folding. Under-folding the macaronage (aka macaron batter) will result in too-puffy macarons, while over-folding can create hard, flat ones. To perfect your folding, use a wide bowl and a rubber (or silicone) spatula. Make sure you don’t have any unincorporated flour or meringue on your bowl or spatula.
The consistency you are looking for after folding all the almond mixture is “magma” (lava) It should flow like magma (lava) from your spatula when you lift some batter up with your spatula. A ribbon should also form in the batter when the magma falls down. This takes about 40 folds.
As you pipe, hold the bag perpendicular to the baking sheet and flick the tip of the bag as you finish each cookie to minimize the peaks.
Tap from the bottom. Hold the baking sheet with one hand and tap the bottom of the pan firmly in a few places with the other, making sure to tap below each section of macarons. Then do one final tap on the counter. Tapping removes bubbles, and tapping from the bottom helps ensure you don’t miss any.
Let the skin form. This takes about 20-30 minutes. A skin should form around the macaron. The sides and top should not be sticky. Touch it before baking.
Rotate the cookie sheet halfway through baking so that the cookies bake to an even pale gold.
Don’t remove the shells until they’re completely cool.
Don’t over fill your macaron, the classic french way isn’t over done with filling.
Keywords: French Macaron, Lemon, Cookies