French Macarons are one of my favorite cookies to make for Easter. They add such a beautiful array of colors to my dessert table. I usually make quite a few batches in different flavors/pastels two weeks before Easter, then freeze them until the day of the party. It is always nice to have one less thing to put in the oven and prepare on Easter Sunday!
Many people are too afraid to make Macarons, but what they do not understand is that they are really not that difficult. Unlike many recipes that suggest you age your egg whites, I have come to realize that it doesn’t matter. In fact, I take the eggs directly out of the fridge (or even straight from my chicken’s coop) and whip them up into a very, very stiff peak.
I find that the most important step in the whole process is to sift the almond flour and powdered sugar. I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal because it is ground from whole, blanched sweet almonds and doesn’t clump. Once sifted and folded into the stiff egg whites, the batter is smooth resulting in perfectly flat macarons.
I absolutely love the robin’s egg specks on Easter candy, so I thought I would turn these into Robin’s Egg Macarons. To do this, I simply put a but of brown food coloring on a plate. I then took a small clean and unused paint brush and dipped it into the dye. I flicked the brush a few times over the macarons and voila… speckled Easter macarons. Aren’t they cute?!?
French Macarons make wonderful cake toppers too. And since we are on the subject of Easter, a carrot cake is a must! Armed with the right ingredients, carrot cake is one of the easiest cakes to make and very difficult to mess up! Once again, Bob’s Red Mill flour is my preferred baking flour. Their Unbleached All-Purpose Flour is the same high protein flour used by professional bakers and produces high, well-textured loaves of bread equally as well as it produces light, airy baked goods. This flour is a must have in your pantry as it is incredibly versatile and perfect for all of your baking needs. Get a coupon here and stock up now! Enjoy!
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