No Fuss, easy Macarons? Can those words even be in a sentence together? Yep!
One of the questions I hear all the time is:
Are macarons really that hard to make?
Macarons are notorious for being finicky little buggers. But my answer to that question is: They don’t have to be.
When I first started making macarons, it was a pretty hit or miss prospect. I would get them to come out great some times and had some epic fails other times. So, I finally figured out my problem was inconsistency. I would keep trying new recipes and new methods which, of course, ended up with mixed results every time. And I tried it all, sifting everything 5 times, pre-drying the almond flour in the oven for half an hour, aging the egg whites for days first, drying for hours, not drying for hours, different types of meringue. All the “tricks” you read about to get perfect and consistently good macarons. Guess what. I finally stopped messing with all the fancy and time consuming tricks and Voilà! Consistently good, easy macarons! Every time.
Now admittedly, it was partially trial and error to find out exactly what worked in my environment and my oven. Because macarons are most definitely effected by humidity in your environment and everyones ovens are different. So you will need to play around with your drying time and your baking temp & time a bit to dial in just what works in your kitchen.
How do you make Easy Macarons?
Skip all the fussy steps. Forget about aging the egg whites. Not at all necessary. And the time consuming sifting multiple times can be totally avoided. Drying the almond flour is also not necessary. I don’t even store my almond flour in the freezer like many recipes recommend. I tried several, more labor intensive macaron methods as well and found more consistent results with the simplest method. Drying time is a critical point though. But I have do have a tip on how to do this quicker and with more even results.
My easy macarons method and recipe have been adapted and combine from several different recipes and tutorials I have used in the past and it works like a dream for me. I used to dread getting a macaron order because I didn’t know from batch to batch if I was going to get anything usable. Now I look forward to them and enjoy getting creative with flavors, colors and decorations.
Follow my No Fuss, Easy Macarons recipe and technique video
This is a step by step French macaron recipe that is easy to follow and great for beginners. You can get my Free Macaron template for perfect piping – download here >>> 2″ Macaron Template
PS: for some delicious macaron filling options check out these recipes:
Happy Macaroning Friends!!
Have A Sweet day!