Hinamatsuri 2012 + Easy Macarons Recipe

Over the weekend, it was 雛祭り Hina-matsuri or Girls’ Day. [See more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri]
To celebrate i decided to try making macarons for the first time :D
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Easy Macarons Recipe [Recipe adapted from ラデュレのお菓子レシピ aka Laduree Sweets Recipe Book*]
*I only own the japanese version of this book so i did the translation into English , pls dont repost!
**Oh and i skipped a lot of steps which is what i am posting so this is an adapted recipe not the one directly from the book. So technically this is also known as “The lazy way of making macarons as shown by Yumeko”

Ingredients
140g ground almonds [u can use half almonds half hazelnuts but i was too lazy to go buy hazelnuts]
125g icing sugar
3 1/2 egg whites
105g caster sugar

Filling: i cheated and just used strawberry jam cos i was lazy.

Steps
1 Put the ground almonds and icing sugar in a food processor.

2.Whisk the egg whites to a foam. Add granulated aka caster sugar gradually and whip until you reach soft peaks. [Add food coloring if u want]
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3.Fold the mixture of ground almonds and icing sugar into the egg white foam mixture.
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4.Transfer mixture to a piping bag and pipe onto oven paper or silpat
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5.Let the shells sit for 30 to 60mins till dry to touch. If you dont let them dry, there are higher chances they will crack in the oven.
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6.Preheat the oven to 180C.

7.Put tray in oven. Turn heat down to 140C and bake for 15 -18 mins. Set shells aside to cool.
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8.Spoon strawberry jam on one macaron shell then top with another macaron shell.
Makes about 20 – 25 filled macarons [if u dont snack on any in the meantime]
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Not bad for a first attempt right? XD

Next time, i am definetely going to draw guides on wax paper XD I ended up with tons of oddly shaped macaron shells and it was totally difficult to find “partners” for each of them.

Speaking of Laduree, i spotted these recently
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Isnt it a gorgeous bag charm? At almost USD$75, i dont think i would splash out for them XD

Thought i end this post with a collage of pics i took for the hinamatsuri
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Have an awesome new week ahead!
XOXO Yumeko

p.s Sorry for 2 cooking related posts in a row!! I’ll try to do a post on something else next!
p.p.s Super thanks to everyone who sent me good vibes. I did get the news i was waiting for. It wasn’t very good news all round but there are plenty of people far far worse off than me. So for that i know i cant complain. Just trying to work through it all. :D

p.p.p.s Updated: i forgot to add this but a super thank you shoutout to all those of you on twitter [u know who u are] who was with me the entire baking process XD!! thank you for the encouragement!

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      i hear that if u let them dry, more chances of getting the foot! i let mine dry for abt 1hr 15mins [it was raining heavily that day so it was vey cold]

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      tats a good idea! i think tats the best thing abt making it oneself. tweak it the way u like

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      i think there are too many horror stories online. i was really scared to try too and even before i started everyone kept telling me oh oh its so complicated and impossible to make. but in the end it wasnt!

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      same here, loads of ppl say horror stories to me even though they havent made any before. i think its like urban legend. hahahaha

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      mine did look like flour , kinda like yellowy flour.
      they did clump up a bit so its best to use a scraping motion to blend it through out evenly.
      hope it helps!

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      awwww thank u so so much for commenting!!!
      i cant wait to hear how ur 2nd attempt goes!

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