How to make macarons for beginners : Chocolate macarons

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I am going to show you how to make macarons for beginners. This a chocolate macarons recipe but I have other ones you can try like this Rosewater macaron which you can flavour anyway. It is a great recipe for beginners too.

They go really well with a lot different fillings, look at the filling suggestions at the bottom of the page.

Ingredients (Makes about 16 sandwiched ones, but will depend on the size you pipe

75g ground almonds

100g icing sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 large egg whites

50g caster sugar

pinch of salt

Method

Place the ground almonds, salt, cocoa powder and icing sugar into a bowl and mix together.

Line two baking sheets with baking parchment or greaseproof paper. Using a pencil, draw circles on the paper as a template when it comes to piping. Turn the grease proof papers over because if you do not turn it over you will have pencil marks on your macarons.

Place the egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks appear. Gradually whisk in the caster sugar to make a firm, glossy meringue.

Using a spatula, fold the almond mixture into the meringue, one half at a time until thoroughly mixed. The mixture should run off, slowly, from the spatula

Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm or 1/2 an inch round nozzle. Pipe 32 rounds onto the the baking parchment.
Tap the baking sheets firmly onto a work surface to remove air bubbles. Use a toothpick to pop any bubbles

Leave at room temperature for about 30 minutes or until a crust forms on top. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F

Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes then carefully remove the macarons from the baking paper. Leave to cool completely.

Filling suggestions

Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream

White Chocolate Ganache