Recipe Test | French Macarons and Buttercream Frosting

August 20, 2017 0 Comments

Every once in a while, I’ll get this strange urge to bake or cook something challenging or new.  This time it happened to be french macarons!  Thank you to my friends who came over to help me enjoy this baking experience!

I swear, those YouTube videos can be highly influential!  Or inspirational…or motivational…  🙂

After searching the internet for a few different recipes to compare ingredients [are they all using the same amounts of everything, is there a recipe that adds a different ingredient, etc.] I decided to go with a video I found on Tasty’s YouTube channel.

Click here to watch the Tasty YouTube video.

The only major change that was made was the filling.  I wasn’t particularly interested in using cream cheese as a filling, but thought buttercream might be nice.

Click here for a buttercream recipe from Pinterest.

Keep in mind…I’ve never made macarons from scratch before.  Nor buttercream.

But I did just receive an awesome KitchenAid mixer as a wedding registry gift, thanks to my mom, and I wanted to try it out 🙂

If you take a peek at these recipes and watch the video, I think you’ll see that the ingredient list is pretty short.  Also, the steps are straight forward.  Can’t be that bad, right?

It actually wasn’t!  I’m not a baker, and I definitely don’t claim to be one.  It’s something that I’ll do on occasion, if I need to bring dessert to a potluck, or if I feel like gifting food instead of objects.

However, I do have some recommendations/suggestions to share if you want to give this a try for the first time.

  • Fold your almond flour and confectioner’s sugar mix into your egg whites.  The consistency makes a difference.
  • Maybe find a recipe that has a more balanced almond flour to confectioner’s sugar ratio – this one seemed to almost melt [I live in a humid climate].  But macarons I’ve bought from bakeries seemed more dry and crisp.  These were definitely softer.
  • Removing the shells from the parchment paper is more difficult than the video makes it look!  Quite a few got stuck!
  • Pretty sure you aren’t supposed to do this, but we placed the sheets in the freezer for a bit so that the shells were easier to remove.  It worked!
  • An electric mixer does wonders for this whole baking process.  *thumbs up*

Have you ever tried baking your own macarons before?  What recipe did you use?  Are there any other items that you enjoy baking?  Leave any comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoy this post and good luck on making macarons at home!

Shelly at Simple Casual Chic