French Macarons Lesson 1: Making the Macaron Shells

I will be trying these out and giving as gifts for the holidays.


Macarons are little round cakes, made with almonds, egg whites, and sugar, a thin shell on the outside with a burst of  pillowy flavor on the inside. Acccording to the Larousse gastonomique (and if you don’t own one, put it on your list of must books to have) they originated in Italy in the 700’s ! Yep ! And why  they are only trending now in San Diego is interesting !

Macarons are fun ! Use your imagination and go wild with colors, shapes, and flavors. Natural dyes are a great option. We use India Tree , available on Amazon, and also Taste of Kyoto Culinary Matcha Tea for a beautiful green.

Recipe for the shells:

230 grams egg whites

200 grams almond flour or blanched almonds

225 grams powdered sugar

225 grams granulated sugar

color: optional and according to you aesthetic taste


Heat oven to 300


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