How to Make French Macarons: The Basics

How to Make MacaronsWow guys, I really can’t wait to talk to you guys about this one…  I’ve had my first encounter with making macarons AND I have a fantastically sweet giveaway going on!  So a couple of months ago, I discovered this amazing website that sells all kinds of kitchen stuff (like pretty much anything you can think of!), called Big Kitchen.   So I tweeted to them to see if maybe we could work out some kind of review/giveaway treat for the OinK readers and they agreed! (yay!)  I was given a few different options but when I saw the “Macaron making set” on the list, I was sold.  I’ve never tried making macarons before, frankly because everyone else who blogs about making macarons talks about how hard they can be and how the first time never goes well.  I will admit, these are not perfect.  There are definitely some improvements I could make and I will explain that below in the Verdict section.

But FIRST let me tell you about the items they sent me that one lucky OinK winner will WIN!  I got the silicone Macaron baking sheet and this phenomenal pastry bag set!  How to Make MacaronsHow to Make Macarons

How to Make MacaronsThe Macaron baking sheet is awesome.  I don’t know about y’all but whenever I’m told how much to put of dough/batter/anything on a cookie sheet, I always put more than I’m supposed to and it can be very annoying.  With macarons it would not only be annoying, but would probably turn these little guys into total disasters.  This silicone sheet makes it so easy to know exactly how much of the macaron batter you need for each half of the shell and it has ridges so you really can’t mess it up too bad!  Plus it makes clean up super easy!  I mean seriously, the only part of my macarons that could use help was the batter itself (I’m not sure I folded correctly or if I didn’t sift the flour properly).  All human error basically, so if you already know how to make macaron batter you are golden!  Even if you don’t, this silicone sheet at least makes it super easy to ensure you have the right shape and size for your perfect macarons! I truly loved it.

How to Make MacaronsNow…on to the pastry bag.  I’m obsessed. like incredibly obsessed. obsessed. okay I’ll stop, but seriously it is AMAZING.  I wish all of you could win this.  I will never use my other pastry bags again.  I don’t even know where to begin!  First off, they are silicone, which makes cleaning them pretty much the easiest thing ever.  It also comes with this darling little brush that helps you clean the thinnest part so it’s easy to get all the icing/batter/whatever out!  Also, it comes with a stand.  A STAND! No more trying to wrap my pastry bag over the top of a glass to fill it.  This bag stands up so easily in the stand (thanks to the silicone I’m sure).  Also, it comes with multiple shapes/heads (6 to be exact) that easily attach and detach without couplers!  You don’t need couplers anymore!  Seriously amazing.  Also, when it is standing up in the stand you don’t have to worry about batter or icing dripping out as you are filling it because it comes with a little cap that you just easily take off before using.  Not only are there 6 tips but there are 3 bags (two 17.5 oz and one 8.8 oz) so you can use more than one at a time and there is a clasp for sealing the bag so icing/batter doesn’t come out the top!  Seriously, whoever wins this is super lucky, and I wish you all the best of luck!  I’m so happy I have this little set because I plan to use the pastry bag set for everything (cakes, icing cookies, etc.) and will definitely be making many macarons this summer, both to perfect my technique, and because I think they make the perfect little dessert, especially in the summertime when you don’t want something especially heavy.

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Here’s what it looked like while making it and on the baking mat:

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And out of the oven:

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Definitely not perfect, but much better than what I was expecting!  I can’t wait to make more and get better at this!  Without the baking sheet and the bag I probably would have pulled my hair out trying to do this!

The Verdict:
I used this basic macaron recipe (although the macaron baking sheet comes with a raspberry macaron recipe that looks amazing but I didn’t have raspberry preserves).  I filled half of the macarons with a basic buttercream and the other half with nutella (swoon).  They were both delicious but I’m leaning more towards nutella.  I really want to make more this summer and jazz them up with some fun fillings, like raspberry etc.  Any ideas y’all have would be great! Anyway, although they didn’t turn out perfect, that was clearly human error and I think that these products are fabulous.  I think I either didn’t fold the batter right or I just didn’t sift the flour enough.  I’m not really sure, but I think that macarons are kind of a “practice makes perfect” kind of dessert and I plan to practice a LOT with this set.  So now that I’ve gabbed on for like a million years as to why I loved these products, you can actually find out how to enter!  Simply read the instructions below and post a comment to enter.

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How to Enter:
Required First Entry:  Go to Big Kitchen and pick out something you’d like!  It can be anything… a new knife, a food processor, anything!

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Tweet the following:  “I just entered a giveaway from @orderinthekitch to win a Macaron making set and you can too!  macaron “

Giveaway has ended!  Natalie J was the winner!!   While I did receive this product for free to review, the opinions and statements regarding the products are my own and I was not compensated for them.

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