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The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

 Paris and macarons are synonymous. These are then filled with something yummy like a chocolate ganache or a rosewater buttercream, sandwich style and served.  You can garnish the top with some edible gold foil.

2 ¼ cups (225 g, 8 oz.) icing sugar
2 cups (190 g, 6.7 oz.) almond flour or very finely ground almonds
2 tablespoons (25 g , .88 oz.) granulated sugar
5 (Have at room temperature) egg whites

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Combine the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour in a medium bowl. If grinding your own nuts, combine nuts and a cup of confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a food processor and grind until nuts are very fine and powdery.
2. Beat the egg whites in the clean dry bowl of a stand mixer until they hold soft peaks. Slowly add the granulated sugar and beat until the mixture holds stiff peaks.
3. Sift a third of the almond flour mixture into the meringue and fold gently to combine. If you are planning on adding zest or other flavorings to the batter, now is the time. Sift in the remaining almond flour in two batches. Be gentle! Don’t overfold, but fully incorporate your ingredients.
4. Spoon the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a plain half-inch tip. 
5. Pipe one-inch-sized (2.5 cm) mounds of batter onto baking sheets lined with nonstick liners (or parchment paper).
6. Bake the macaroon for 11 minutes. Turn the oven off and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
7. Cool on a rack before filling.


  1. Well done the colour is superb and the shape and feet are almost perfect. Bravo on a very hard challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

  2. Thanks, Audax. I have made these before so it wasn't totally foreign to me. I adjusted the baking time to be closer to what worked for me before. Also, I did choose the nicer looking macarons for the pic ;)

  3. I love your macarons Sarah, I've just seen this lovely post. wawww what a lovely colour and look at those feet! Magnifique waw,
    You should join Mac Attack.

  4. Thanks, Mamatkamal. I would love to learn some new recipes but I'll be waiting until I am in my own kitchen again.


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