Saturday, January 15, 2011

(David Lebovitz) French Chocolate Macarons


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So, how many of you have been baking away in preparation for the Chinese New Year? :) If you have been busy churning out pineapple tarts, sugee cakes, kueh lapis and all the other yolk-laden, artery-clogging festive goodies, you're bound to be left with plenty of egg whites. What do you do with them? I foresee more egg whites over the next 2 weeks, so any suggestions would be most welcomed! For now, I did the obvious - make macarons. :)

I baked these rich French Chocolate Macarons using David Lebovitz's superb recipe ... and I have to say, this is the first time I got a near-perfect batch. The planets were aligned! The addition of (Valrhona) dutch-processed cocoa powder made a universe of difference, and the intense chocolatey flavour made me see stars. If you are looking for a good chocolate macaron recipe, this one is gold. Thanks to my fellow blogger, keropokman, for the recommendation!

For the recipe, click here. The only deviation I made was to omit the prune filling because me no likey prunes. Bleah.

And ladies and gentlemen, we have come to the end of today's post. There is really nothing left to be said about these famed French cookies. Seriously, just look at the plethora of information on the Internet! Everyone has their favourite macaron recipe, tip, secret and so forth. You just have to read and experiment, and see what works for you, and what doesn't.

Good luck! And oh, if you haven't made macarons before, and feel intimidated by these fussy little divas, fret not. Just in case they don't show their pretty, dainty "feet" and you get stood up (laughing at my own corny pun), you can always turn them into Ambrosia or Eton Mess ... and no one would ever know. Been there, done that (many times over)! ;)


PS: Frankly, I am more fascinated by the shiny, smooth shells than the frilly feet.
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30 comments:

  1. My macaron baking frenzy took place before I started blogging and I have never baked them since...partly also because I don't really fancy eating them.( had always given them away:)) Now I am tempted to make them again....

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  2. These little babies look perfect to me! Making my first macarons next week... can't wait.

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  3. Superb!!!up till now I have never been successful with my attempt. I will try yours. Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. They look amazing! I haven't tried making macarons yet but David Lebovitz is a god in my books and anything from him cannot possibly taste bad!

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  5. With the V cocoa powder, I can imagine the flavour. They are truly pretty macarons! And you have such pretty crockery!

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  6. Hi Little Teochew,
    Beautiful macarons! Do you mind I add you to my blog list? *^_^*

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  7. Beautiful macarons, shiny shells and dainty feet - you nailed it! They can be a little fussy to make, but boy are they worth the effort :-)

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  8. Your macs are perfect! Well done!
    For egg whites, how about pavlova or angel cakes?

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  9. You put the Ladurée calendar to great use! And the pretty dish..You are so right for macarons..they are like you.. if you were a dessert:)

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  10. Oh these are sooo pretty! Love how you styled them as well - very afternoon tea chic. ;)

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  11. Wow you did a beautiful job Ju! Feet, shiny tops and all!
    I am very impressed!
    I want to make some pineapple tarts...but I need to find a way to get some pineapple jam here...thinking about it...or maybe I will just try to make some. You can buy pineapple jam in the supermarket but it looks nothing like what you guys use.

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  12. I love chocolate macarons... with a cup of tea!!! Thank you sharing...

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  13. The macarons are sooo pretty! I've tried many recipes, but I'm still no good with them! *Haiz* I'll just have to find time to do them again. Thanks for the sharing of these pretty sweets!

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  14. Oooh You could make a nice cheesy egg souffle. 5 Ingredient Fix on food network had a good one.
    What else.... Ummm? Lemon Meringue pie with some of your own lemon curd as filling?

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  15. Your macarons are beautiful and look so tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  16. egg whites:

    juliachild's soufflé aux blancs d'oeuf (mastering the art of french cooking)

    roselevyberanbaum's cordon rose choux puffs (the pie and pastry bible)

    doriegreenspan's chocolate souffle (baking: from my home to yours)

    nigellalawson's white tiramisu (how to eat)

    some egg-white-raised flourless cake + italian meringue buttercream

    little meringues

    cardio training for arms - manually whip egg whites for fun

    or MORE MACAROONS

    btw macaroons are so hard to make =(

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  17. hello! how about making financiers or souffles? or just make more macarons! hee.(:

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  18. is very nicely done! (: yes, i've been baking macarons with those left over egg whites too! (:

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  19. Oh! I just made macarons yesterday..and it was a success! Yours look great!

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  20. oh the choc mac looks cute! :)

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  21. Oooooh well done Ju. These are pretty as they are perfect! This recipe of Lebovitz is a hands down winner, and my fave too.

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  22. ooo.. u make them so pretty!
    hmmm i still have some leftover almond powder.

    btw, i see Laduree on your photo. nice little touch! hehe..

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  23. These look absolutely perfect, Ju! Pastry class or no, these little confections have eluded me so far.

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  24. Do you bake it directly after piping it?
    I'm gonna give it a try today :)

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  25. Thank you, my friends. Such lovely encouragement. :) Also special thanks to those who gave suggestions. Very much appreciated.

    Win: They were "resting" for about 10 mins at max. Then I popped them right in the oven. Lol.

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  26. OMG, your macarons are really pretty!! Until now, I never try to make it again after 2 times failure :(.
    Btw, I love all your photos! They are looked like the one from magazines! :)

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  27. Hi, I'm just wondering if granulated sugar can be substituted by castor sugar...also do you let the macarons rest in A/C environment?

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  28. Belzy: Thanks and keep going!

    Joy: Yes, I used castor sugar, and no, I did not let the macarons rest in A/C.

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  29. Hi Ju, your Mac looks absolutely great ! I wish I can do that sob sob
    Anyway, can I check wif you how much egg white (in gram) u use for this DL Chocolate Macaron ?
    I try it earlier n fail wif 72g egg white.. I think is too much
    Thanks

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