Delicious macarons with swiss meringue buttercream

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macarons

I got so inspired by the fabulous tutorial that Linda from Call Me Cupcake made for CakeJournal last week. Yesterday I made some delicious macarons with swiss meringue buttercream filling. Up until then I had tried two different macaron recipes and I must say that I think Linda’s is by far the best. In addition to a great recipe her step by step instructions was very easy to follow so I felt really safe, when I threw myself into the macaron making.

I still need to learn more about the coloring of the macarons though. As I was aiming for a nice spring green color (used almost a whole pot of my favourite powdered food color) but ended up with a rather pale green instead. So any good advise will be much appreciated.

Piping the macarons was one of the parts where I had forgot how tricky this acctually is. It takes a little practice piping the perfect round macaron. I did manage to get the hang of it after the first baking sheet. My second one was much better and overall I am extremely happy with my result.

Macarons with swiss meringue filling

I have filled my macarons with swiss meringue buttercreme. The feeling of biting into the crisp and chewey macaron is just devine. I would love to hear if you have tried the macarons and please share any good tips that you have.

Happy Caking!

Louise

34 COMMENTS

  1. I am not a fantastic cook or cake decorator, but I do like Macarons. I use my cookie gun as if I was icing something, but without the nozzle. I use two presses of the gun, and get a nice sized, reasonably (for me, anyway) circle.

  2. I love making them I just did a batch for my daughter’s school teacher. We don’t have a store to buy them in Omaha

  3. Maybe you could place them lower in your oven? Or use 2 baking trays. You could also lower the temperature a bit and bake for a little longer. I have read that I lot of mac bakers recommend that you place a oven thermometer in your oven to see if your oven heat correctly.

  4. Of course you can’t press them too much when sandwich together with filling, but after that I think they are quite sturdy. They are even better after 1-2 days in the refrigerator, then they are very chewy and so delicious. You can freeze the shells without filling. Filled mac’s can be stored for 5-6 days in the refrigerator

  5. Of course you can’t press them too much when sandwich together with filling, but after that I think they are quite sturdy. They are even better after 1-2 days in the refrigerator, then they are very chewy and so delicious. You can freeze the shells without filling. Filled mac’s can be stored for 5-6 days in the refrigerator

  6. In regards to your coloring, using gel colors is the best if you want a vibrant color. It doesn’t effect the mixture and it gives you a much more intense color with a lot less food coloring. These look gorgeous!

  7. When I made macarons they all had little peaks on the top after piping them out. Any tips on how to get rid of the the little peaks? Thanks!

    • Without being the no.1 expert on macarons πŸ˜‰ I think that your batter is under-mixed. Try and place a dollop of macaron batter on some parchment paper to see how it flattens. This really helped me.

  8. Do try, they look complicated but they are not. They first time just making them plain without any color. You’ll soon get addicted πŸ™‚

  9. Love the Pastel Mint Color πŸ™‚ I think it looks perfectly spring from the photos πŸ™‚ Just wanted to give you a quick note πŸ™‚ been sick lately… will email you soon! πŸ™‚

  10. I make macarons using a different method it is the one where you make sugar syrup very similar to the swiss meringue buttercream. I know a few people pop the gel into the sugar/water mixture to evaporate off any extra water from the gel but I have never had a significant problem adding it in with the dry ingredients and I barely use any. I quite like this pretty pale green colour.

  11. I actually made macarons for the very first time over the weekend after seeing the tutorial here last week! I had wanted to try them for ages but was always too afraid but they actually turned out to be much easier than I expected and I was so pleased with the results πŸ™‚ I used gel food colouring in mine and made an amaretto butter cream

    Quick phone snap of them here ^^
    http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/182977_10150092736046603_551996602_6938285_4172031_n.jpg

    I definitely won’t be hesitating to make them again!

  12. I used her recipe and macarons for the first time and filled them with ganache. They came out perfect. It was a great tutorial. Thanks.

  13. These look divine! Just wondering if I could use gel foodcoloring instead of powdered. We don’t have powdered food coloring available where I live and would have to order it online. Would the gel ruin the texture or overall outcome of the macarons? Thanks!

    • I think foodcoloring as paste will work better here. It’s more intense and the little amount of color that is needed will not have any effect on the recipe.

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