Light and fluffy macaron with a hint of vanilla and a decadent chocolate ganache center, these tasty treats are to die for!
But be forewarned macarons ain't easy. But they are worth it.....
Needless to say my first attempts were a bit of a disaster.
The real secret(if there is one) is to make sure your measurements are exactly as per the recipe you are using.
Any deviation particularly in the amount of egg that you use will have a dramatic effect on the quality of your finished macarons.
Also make sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start. The one sure fire way to get the at the right temperature is just to leave them out overnight.
Some cooks insist on leaving their eggs in the fridge all the time. And when they need to use they zap the eggs in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
Personally I prefer to leave out and come up to room temperature naturally.
The almonds need to be put in the food processor and try to get them as fine as possible the closer to flour the better. You can also add the sugar with them to make sure the two are evenly mixed.
Vanilla wise try to find the best beans you can. This is not a recipe for vanilla essence so try to clear if you can.
One tip for vanilla beans is that if they are too old and have been in your cupboard for a long time then they will tend to dry out a little too much and loose a lot of their natural oils and more importantly aroma/flavor.
And as ever make sure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature.