Plain Macaroons the Thermomix way or by hand.
Macaron or macaroon, it makes no difference really, just ask Auguste Escoffier.
Macarons are not hard, as long as you understand all the rules. In my class, I start by explaining what each ingredient does in the making of a macaroon. This gives a total understanding of what each step in the macaroon making process is supposed to achieve. Once this all makes sense, you can’t really go wrong.
So many tricks and tips, but if you follow these instructions precisely you should end up with lovely macaroons.
- 130 g Blanched Almonds (or Almond meal) (This could be a mix of 30g pistachio and 100g almonds)
- 150 g Pure icing sugar (not soft icing sugar)
- 100 g Castor Sugar
- 100g egg whites (old ones if you can, approx four eggs are needed for this)
- Weigh out the 100 grams of caster sugar and set aside for later.
- Mill the almonds with the icing sugar for 30 seconds on speed 10 and set aside.
- Thoroughly clean out your TM bowl, lid and butterfly. The method I use is to take it all apart, wash and put it back together. Dry the contacts underneath and place it back into the cradle with the butterfly in place.
- Fill the TM bowl with about a litre of water and approx. 100ml of vinegar. Set to speed 3 at Varoma temp for 5 mins.
- Once it’s done pour the contents out over the lid and leave to dry on a drying rack. This shouldn’t take too long to the TM bowl should be hot, and I would prefer to air dry but if you’re in a hurry use a fresh, clean tea towel.
- Turn the oven to 150c
- Place the egg whites in the TM bowl with the Butterfly in place. Set to speed 4/2 minutes (or more if needed), working quickly scrape down the sides with a very clean spatula and start again for another 2 minutes on speed 4 but this time slowly rain in the castor sugar and then your colour, if you're using it. You may need to go a little longer to create stiff glossy peaks.
- At this stage remove the whites from the TM bowl into another clean bowl and add ⅓ of your
tantpour tant, once this is mixed through, add the rest.
- Once the consistency is right, fill your piping bag fitted with an 8mm tip and pipe into rounds on a Silpat mat or baking sheet.
- Set the temperature of the oven to 150c
- Leave to form a crust or dull finish before putting in the oven. This may take up to 30 minutes depending on the atmosphere in your kitchen.
- Once the macaroons are cooked, (approx. 12 to 25 mins) drizzle some water under the baking sheet and allow to cool.