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Festive French Macarons

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Jordan Winery's baker extraordinaire, Cristina Valencia, returns to show tips and techniques for baking French Macarons. These delicate cookies will impress any winter guest and cookie lover. Cristina teaches you how to prepare your ingredients, how to customize the flavor of the cookies (chocolate, lemon, strawberry, pistachio, vanilla, etc.) and how to get the perfect texture on your macarons. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Living.
Ingredients
  Powdered sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Almond flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Low fat egg white 6 Large (At room temperature; For the cookie and the filling)
  Cream of tartar 1 Pinch
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Food color 1 Dash
  Flavored extract 1 Dash
  Pure vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

MAKING
3. In a food processor, pulse powdered sugar and almond flour and sift the combined mixture 2 times.
4. In a seperate bowl, whip 2 room-temperature egg whites on high with a mixer until foamy
5. Next, add cream of tartar.
6. Slowly stream in superfine sugar and whip until stiff and shiny, about 2 minutes on high.
7. Gently fold in desired food coloring and/or flavor extract, sugar and flour mixture into egg white mixture. Fold the ingredients as little as possible until it is smooth, shiny and slightly runny. If it holds its form, it is under mixed.
8. Scoop into piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
9. Pipe onto a cookie sheet. When a 1” cookie has been formed, gently swirl the tip out of the mixture without forming a peak to allow the cookie to remain smooth on top. Let stand at room temperature for 30-40 minutes.
10. Bake in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes, until cookies are firm and crisp. Keep a close eye on the cookies – they should not brown on top.
11. Remove cookies from oven and cool.
12. For a basic meringue filling, place 6 egg whites and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and Whisk until sugar dissolves and mixture reaches 160 degrees on a candy thermometer.
13. Remove from heat, whip on high speed until mixture is cool and stiff peaks form, approximately 6 minutes.
14. Beat in vanilla extract and use immediately.
15. Sandwich 2 same-size macarons with 1 teaspoon meringue, flavored buttercream or other desired filing.

SERVING
15. Plate and serve as dessert or a snack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Feel: 
Crunchy
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Almond Flour
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
12

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