Delightful Mary Berry Macarons Recipe: A Perfect Homemade Treat

There’s something undeniably delightful about biting into a homemade macaroon. Its light texture and sweet flavor make it the perfect treat for satisfying those sugar cravings. As a keen baker who’s experimented with various recipes, I’ve found that Mary Berry’s approach to macaroons strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and deliciousness. So, let me share my take on her recipe, with a few personal twists, to help you whip up these little delights in your own kitchen.

What’s the difference between French macarons and coconut macaroons?

French macarons and coconut macaroons differ significantly; macarons are delicate, colorful sandwich cookies made from almond flour, egg whites, and sugar, often filled with ganache or buttercream, and are a hallmark of French pastry. In contrast, coconut macaroons are denser, chewier treats made primarily from shredded coconut and egg whites, typically dome-shaped and more rustic in appearance, with a strong coconut flavor. While macarons boast a variety of flavors and intricate designs, macaroons are simpler and more focused on the coconut taste.

Mary Berry Macarons Recipe Overview:

This recipe is an easy yet delightful venture into the world of macaroons. It’s perfect for beginners or those looking to make a quick batch of these sweet treats without much fuss. The process takes about 45 minutes, including 15 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes of baking. This adjusted recipe yields about 20-24 macaroons, depending on size. It’s ideal for a family treat or a small gathering.

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 12 blanched almond halves
  • 150 grams of ground almonds
  • 240 grams of caster sugar
  • 35 grams of semolina or ground rice
  • 5-6 drops of almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  3. Gradually add the caster sugar while continuing to whisk until the mixture is glossy and holds firm peaks.
  4. Gently fold in the ground almonds, semolina (or ground rice), and almond extract, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  5. Spoon small dollops of the mixture onto your prepared trays, leaving space between each for expansion.
  6. Press a half almond onto the top of each macaroon.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool on the trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Value (per macaroon)

Calories: ~50-60

Protein: 1-2g

Carbohydrates: 7-9g

Sugars: 6-8g

Fat: 2-3g

Sodium: <5mg

Also Try: Mary Berry Homemade Lemon Curd Recipe

FAQs

What’s the best way to get perfect egg whites for macaroons?

Achieving perfect egg whites is crucial for macaroons. Ensure your bowl and whisk are completely grease-free. Room temperature egg whites tend to whip up better. Start at a lower speed and gradually increase. You’ll know they’re done when you can hold the bowl upside down without the egg whites sliding out. Be patient; it can take a few minutes to reach stiff peaks.

Can I make macaroons without almond extract?

Yes, you can. Almond extract adds a deeper almond flavor, but it’s not mandatory. You can also experiment with other extracts like vanilla or lemon for a different twist. Just remember, the flavor of the extract you choose will be quite prominent in the final product.

Why do my macaroons crack on the top?

Cracking can happen due to a few reasons. If the oven temperature is too high, it can cause the outsides to cook too quickly, leaving the insides uncooked and creating steam that cracks the tops. Another reason could be under-mixed batter. Make sure your batter is mixed just enough to incorporate all ingredients smoothly.

How important is it to use ground almonds? Can I grind whole almonds instead?

Ground almonds provide a smooth, fine texture essential for macaroons. You can grind whole almonds, but ensure they are very finely ground without turning into almond butter. Sifting the ground almonds can also help achieve a finer consistency.

Can I make these macaroons in advance for an event? How should I store them?

Absolutely! These macaroons can be made a few days in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. If it’s particularly warm or humid, you might want to refrigerate them. Just ensure they’re brought back to room temperature before serving for the best flavor and texture. They also freeze well; just wrap them well and thaw at room temperature when needed.

Pro Tips:

  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Ensure ground almonds and semolina are sifted for a smoother texture.
  • Perfect Egg Whites: Use room temperature egg whites and whip to stiff peaks in a grease-free bowl.
  • Accurate Oven Temperature: Preheat and maintain a consistent temperature to prevent cracks.
  • Gentle Folding: Fold dry ingredients into egg whites gently to retain airiness.
  • Rest Before Baking: Let piped macarons rest for 10-15 minutes to form a skin and develop the classic ‘foot’.

Conclusion

These macaroons, inspired by Mary Berry’s recipe, are a delightful and straightforward treat to bake. They’re perfect for those moments when you want something sweet without too much hassle. With their light and airy texture and the sweet nuttiness of almonds, these macaroons are sure to be a hit with family and friends. Happy baking!

Macarons Recipe Mary Berry

Mary Berry Macarons Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 24 Macarons
Calories 60 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Large Egg whites
  • 12 Blanched Almond halves
  • 150 grams Ground Almonds
  • 240 grams Caster Sugar
  • 35 grams Semolina or Ground Rice
  • 5-6 drops Almond Extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  • Gradually add the caster sugar while continuing to whisk until the mixture is glossy and holds firm peaks.
  • Gently fold in the ground almonds, semolina (or ground rice), and almond extract, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
  • Spoon small dollops of the mixture onto your prepared trays, leaving space between each for expansion.
  • Press a half almond onto the top of each macaroon.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden and firm to the touch.
  • Allow to cool on the trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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