Are macarons really that hard to make?
Macarons don’t have to be hard, but you do have to be pretty precise in your preparation. We like to measure out all our ingredients using our kitchen scale before getting started to prevent messing up any measurements once you get started.
Can you bake macarons in a silicone mold?
Silicone baking mats (Silpat) are reusable and you can order them perfectly according to your baking sheet size. Silicone can make macarons a bit sticky, so they can be difficult to remove them from the mat. Silicone mats produce a flatter, rounder macaron cookie than parchment paper.
Do you need special equipment to make macarons?
In my opinion, a stand mixer is an absolute must have tool you need to make macarons. My favorite method is Italian, and you need a stand mixer for when you pour the molten sugar into the egg whites. Now, some macaron bakers prefer to use a hand mixer.
Why is a macaron so expensive?
Macarons are more expensive than the average sweet treat because of the costly ingredients and the time and expertise involved in making it. Almond flour and egg whites are the two main ingredients that make up a macaron. In relation to other flours, almond flour is several times more expensive.
Why are macarons so rich?
With almond flour and egg whites being the main – and most important – ingredients in them, the price sits above average for most pastries because both of these ingredients need attention and patience to work well together.
Should I use a silicone mat for macarons?
Dorie Greenspan says you can use either silicone or parchment for macarons, but notes that you’ll get better results with a silicone mat.
Do you need a silicone mat for macarons?
The mat is an extra luxury; you don’t need it, especially if you already enjoy baking and have a few practises with the piping bag. I still prefer using good quality baking parchment for the best macaron shell results with a perfect foot.
What size do you pipe macarons?
The size of a macaron tip you want to use is a ½” tip. How to use the tip to pipe macarons? Place the ½” tip into a large piping bag. Feed it down the bag until it’s at the end.