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The Perfect Date for Valentine’s Day

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They’re cheap, fun, and super sweet.

They’re MACARONS! 

Learn how to make these delicious French dessert under a student budget. Here’s a recipe for a all-around-favorite! All ingredients can be found at a local grocery store or Trader Joe’s!

Salted Caramel Macarons

IMG_2453Ingredients

For the Cookie:

2/3 cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 cup Almond Flour (or Almond Meal)

1 egg white

2 tbsp Sugar

2 drops of Yellow and Brown Food coloring

For the Filling:

1/3 cup of caster sugar

1/2 cup of cream

1 tbsp ground sea salt

1/3 cup of butter

Methods

1. In a medium sized bowl whisk your egg whites. Begin whisking until it forms a light and fluffy texture. Add your 2 tbsp of sugar and whisk until it turns into a softer texture. Add your 2 drops of yellow and brown food coloring and whisk until there are stiff peaks.

2. In a separate bowl sift your almond flour and powdered sugar. Then add the fluffy egg white/sugar mix made above, and fold it with the flour. Add a little at a time while folding. Keep folding the batter until it resembles a thick cake like batter. Once it’s in that form, let the batter sit for 10-20 seconds.

3. Take a piping bag with a small metal tip and start piping it onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Leave an inch between each macaron to prevent them from spreading into each other. Once you are done, tap the tray on the counter to release any air trapped in it. Let the macarons dry for 10-15 minutes. While they are drying sprinkle them with sea salt.

4. Once they are dried, gently touch the macaron to see if they are finished. If the batter sticks to your finger they need a few more minutes, if not they are ready to go. Set the oven for 300F for 15 minutes.

5.  Over medium heat, add sugar and water and stir until it becomes a light caramel color. Add cream and stir with a spatula. Stir carefully!

6. Remove from the heat and and add butter and salt, whisk until it is light and fluffy. Once it’s cool and completed, place the filling in a piping bag and cut the tip off.

7. Once your cookies are completed and cooled, take half and fill it with caramel. Gently squeeze the cookies together pushing the filling to the edge.

8. ENJOY!

If you don’t feel like making them visit, Ginger Elizabeth in Midtown Sacramento or Estelles Patisserie in Downtown Sacramento!  

Photos from Pinterest and Beyond Umami.

 

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