A French Macaron Recipe Even My Husband Can Make

A French Macaron Recipe Even My Husband Can Make

Hi Bold Bakers. Ok, just be normal for a second. Good start, this is… Hi Bold Bakers, it’s almost Valentine’s
Day so as you can see Kevin is making an appearance in one of my videos, but this time it’s
a little different. So I’m here because Gemma is going to show
me how to make, eh, kind of a difficult recipe. So I’m going to guide Kevin through making
Macarons, but I’m actually gonna be pretty hands off, we’ve got a post on BiggerBolderBaking.com
about some of the biggest mistakes when making macaroons. Kevin hasn’t read the recipe, Kevin hasn’t
seen a video he’s going into this totally blind and hopefully I guide him in the right
direction. Now, I want to guide Gemma in the right direction
and I hate to start things off like this but, you actually said Macarons and Macaroons. Macarons. And I actually want to make sure that we’re
doing it right, so I brought a little bit of help here, of the American pronunciation
of what this should be so let’s see what it says. “Macaron”. There you go, Macaron. That’s the American translation, the Irish
translation is the one that I said. So the Irish translation would be Macaroon,
that’s good. That’s really good. But we’re making macarons, macarons, macarons. Where do we start? So we’re gonna start out in a nice large
bowl and you’re gonna sift together your dry ingredients. So here we have some almond flour also known
as almond meal, we’ve made this before, you know that. And then powdered sugar, confectioners sugar,
and you want to sieve these together because you don’t want to get any lumps in your
macarons. So let me ask you Gemma, on the almond flour,
you can make it at home? Yeah, we have a recipe for it on the website. Super easy. I was answering my own question, but awesome. So why don’t you do that Kevin, into the
bowls. Into the sieve. So dry ingredients in here, and then I’m
gonna add in my sugar. Ok, so then you would do it here, yeah it
helps if you do this with your hand, I’m not supposed to… go like this, ok, and we’re
gonna let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Now this is really important because macarons
are really delicate and they have a smooth finish, and if you sieve it you’re gonna
end up with these little lumps. Look at that, already with all these lumps. Well we can work those out with our hands. Yeah I’m doing my best, still going. So now the reason why I tell people it was
kind of a difficult recipe is because I remember 5 years ago when you made French macarons
for the first time. So I’d never made them before and we got
requests asking how to make them, well I actually don’t know how to make them. I had. Never had to make them in my career, so I
made a couple batches and they were an awful failure, and I shared that with you guys. And then once it came to doing the video I
was much better, but now 5 years gone I think my Macaron game is down. Alright you’re showing me your best game
then, that’s good to know. Now I think if something happens to yours
I don’t know how to make macarons then. No, don’t, you give us the confidence to
bake right? There you go. So sugar and almond flour, our dry ingredients,
sieved. Set them over to the side Kevin, now we’re
going to use a hand mixer because it’s only a small amount of eggs. You can also use the stand mixer but I like
the hand mixer. Now Kevin I’ve said this a million times,
what’s my note about eggwhites? Make sure they’re clean, nothing touches
them. Yes, ok. That’s part of it. It kind of is, but there’s another one about
egg whites. Make sure it’s room temperature, there you
go! And always at room temperature, why? Because they mix up much better, whip up much
better. Kevin I’m going to pour these in there. Ok. Actually you pour them in there I’m not
supposed to be doing anything, ok. So I want you to whip them up until they start
to foam then we’ll add in our sugar. Perfect, sounds good. So we want to get the eggs at this stage at
soft, soft peaks like really foamy. So it’s nice and foamy now how are you feeling? I think it’s looking good! I’m gonna help you out here because you
need a lot of hands, I have a little bit of sugar in this bowl and I’m slowly going
to start streaming it in, while you’re whipping. And it just kind of stabilizes your egg whites
and makes them nice and shiny and thick. This is generally how you make merengue and
you’ve made merengue right? Yes and I know it’s like low and slow, like
buttercream frosting as well, and it’s really important to have patience. Yep, it’s important to have patience…
but this isn’t… There you go , this is looking good Kevin
so you can turn it off now. As you can see they’ve formed stiff peaks
you see how they’re standing right now? Great. So that’s great that’s good consistency,
it’s also lovely and shiny. That’s what we’re going for. Awesome. So right now, get a little bit of food coloring
on the end of this tooth pick, ok, just to get some color, and then just streak them
through the thing. Perfect, that should be good. Now I know these are your macarons that you’re
making for me but I thought it’d be a nice, pinkey, red-y kind of bright color. Yes, one of your favorite colors. My favorite color is pinkey, red-y. So this is what we’re gonna do, for one
more time we’re gonna sieve these back into our eggwhites, Why do you sieve them again? Because we want them to be really lovely and
fine, and we want to get those lumps out. Also, sieving aerates your ingredients which
will make our merengue nice and light, excellent. Let’s trade this out, gorgeous. And then we do some sieving. Kevin, considering that you’re in this video,
who is in charge of cleaning up after this. Waffles, our dog waffles, yeah good luck with
that. So Gemma, we’re actually filming this video
a long time before Valentine’s Day, do you think the baby has arrived? Well we are due February 11th. I’m hoping, after all the conversations
I’ve had with my stomach, that the baby is gonna come on it’s due date and not in
the middle of January like I fear. We’ve been talking to him, we have a whole
exit strategy planned out, so hopefully all of that coaching works out. Ok all of our dry ingredients are in there,
what’s next. So next, this is where the technique comes
in which can be a little bit tricky but I know you’ve got this. I’m going to give you a metal spoon and
we’re going to fold it. Now it’ll take different stages and we’ll
see how you go. Go around in that motion that’s a good way
to do it. The first stage is it’s kind of thick and
lumpy, then we keep on folding it like you’re doing, nice and gently getting all the dry
ingredients, and what we’re going for now is more of like a lava consistency. So when you drop it off your spoon it should
drop off somewhat slowly, and then once it lands it takes a couple seconds to disappear,
maybe 15-20 seconds, but this is actually looking really good. I think Kevin, you might be there. So we’re going to stop mixing our batter,
resist the urge. I’m gonna bring in our piping bag here,
i have it fitted with a little round nozzle. Now this is your piping bag trick, isn’t
it? Well this isn’t my trick this is everyone’s
trick, I can’t claim that one. You put your piping bag into a glass, like
this, Kevin you should try this because I know this trick. Ok hold on, like a smaller glass? Yeah like that. Push the guy down the middle. Ok Kevin, batter into the piping bag. Ok, I’m going to make a mess. No you’re not, you’ll be grand. I’m holding it for you. But here’s the thing it’s like lava. You know that finesse is not my strong suit. Yeah it is, it’s a recipe that you have
to follow all the steps and stuff. But you’re doing great, especially with
my guidance. OK perfect, there you go. Ok so this next step, I’m not so sure about. The whole, rolling it up. That’s grand, ok. You know what we’ll do though, we’ll bring
in our baking tray. So here I have a double baking tray, it’s
one of my tips it stops the macarons from burning. It just keeps them insulated, you know they’re
delicate, they’re only tiny little things. You just wanna be careful, yep, we’ve got
some parchment paper here. What’s the parchment paper for? To put the macarons on. I’m just asking questions. Gemma I made you something. No you didn’t actually you did make this. I made you an official Bigger Bolder Baking
macaron stencil. Gorgeous. SO this is on the website with the recipe. Great. Ok now what do we do. We’re gonna slide this under our parchment
paper. Ok so we’re gonna slide it under our own
parchment paper. Ok Kevin, we’re set up. Now grab your piping bag and let’s get these
puppies made. We’re gonna unravel it. Piping bags can be tricky, you see it just
came into place. That’s perfect. Ok turn it upright so our batter doesn’t
come out. Perfect, ok here’s the thing. With your macaroons. This is where her patience really comes into
play. My patience is well gone out the window at
this stage. Now come here to me Kevin, you want to pipe
it onto these circles but give it a little space to move, you don’t want to fill the
whole circle. So do I pipe it in the middle? Yeah pipe it in the middle, do that, just
do a little bloop, like a blow like that. Great. So do a little squeeze, a little squeeze squeezy. Like that? You can do a little more than that? A little bit more but you’re on the right
track. There you go, lovely. Gorgeous. Do that again, but a lot more times. Perfect, Kevin. Perfect. Man you’re killing this. Perfect, just make sure to do it in one dollop. And as you’re squeezing Kevin, lift up the
nozzle from the macaron. Keep going keep going keep going stop. It’s a labor of love, but then when you
have a perfect one it’s like really worth it. These are looking good Kevin, Actually I have
to say Kevin you’re pretty much killing it right now. They’re all unique and special all on their
own. Not too bad for the first time right? I think you did great. And you know what? I can tell by looking at them that they’re
nice and smooth on top, like I have a feeling that you absolutely killed it. Now here’s what i’m going to do Kevin,
I’m going to bang these trays on the countertop like so, and this just eliminates any air
pockets that are in the macarons just so we get a lovely smooth finish. Now what you want to do is just set these
over to the side, now this time varies. Now you’re talking 30 minutes, 30-60 minutes
depending on what kind of climate you live in. Now what we’re aiming for is for them to
get nice and dry, the shells to get nice and dry because do you know what that does? I don’t. It gives you your feet. It gives the macarons their feet . Is that
the height? Exactly those little feet on the bottom that
everyone is going for. Great. So what we do is we leave these out at room
temperature, let the tops dry and once they dry, we pop them into the oven. Great. We’ve got at least half an hour so let’s
go get some lunch. Let’s do it. It’s been around 45 minutes or so and in
my kitchen, if I touch the top of the shells, see that Kevin they’re nice and dry. So if you touch them, ok how am I doing so
far? These are great, they are perfect so far. I can say safely now that they’re dry and
I’m positive they’re going to get some feet, we can get these guys into the oven. Ok and I’ve got one shot to get these in
right? Right. So now what you want to do is bake your macaroons
off at 300°F or 150°C for roughly 15-20 minutes or so. Ok it’s been 20 minutes, they took all that
time in the oven now I’m going to call Kevin in to see all the hard work that he did. Come on in Kevin. Alright, ok. What do you mean? These are gorgeous! These are looking ok. Really? Yeah they’re gorgeous look. Oh yeah those are looking really good. I think I was reacting to the flat guy in
front. Look at those. I think I was reacting to that guy there,
but those are looking pretty good. Look at the first done which is pretty good. Didn’t I tell you that was gonna be the
best? So number one, nailed it. Like in a good way not in the Netflix way. And if you put your finger on top and they’re
firm underneath that’s how you know they’re done. At 15 minutes we checked them and they were
a little bit wobbly so we left it in another 5, that’s your tell tale sign. But check out those feet. I can honestly say that if anyone were to
go back and check my 2 macaron videos, these are way better. Look at that, look at that. You do not have to be afraid. Look at those feet, they’re absolutely gorgeous. Like I’m honestly, they’re perfect. Wow because I was a little worried because
you said don’t come in and then you can come in. I know I did that deliberately to worry you. So what we’re gonna do now, these are still
a little bit damp we want them a little bit drier we want them to cool down, so let’s
leave them on the tray for around 20 minutes or so and then we’ll come back and fill
them. Great. So our Macarons are cold, I got them off the
tray and onto a cooling rack. If you find that they’re a little bit sticky
and they might be, turn off the oven, put them back on the tray and put them in the
oven for like 5 minutes so they can dry out a little bit longer. But what we’re gonna do is, I have some
Buttercream here I like buttercream in mine, you want it Kevin? Yep. So we’re gonna sandwich them so let’s
pick these 2, you’re gonna match them up, I’m gonna turn them over then… Just do a doop in the middle, a drop, a dollop
and then we push it down with the macaron. There you go keep going, a little bit more
pressure. Little bit more pressure, pull it away now,
gorgeous. And then what you do is get your little hat,
sandwich. French macaron sandwich. Ok look at that, gorgeous. Ok we’ll finish these off. Alright last one here. Ok Gem, what do you think of the present that
you helped me make for you. I love it. I’m really proud of you and they look absolutely
gorgeous. Are you gonna pop yours? I’m gonna give it a try. Might be a bit too much. Oh yeah. They’re perfect, honestly high five. 10 out of 10. They’re just super smooth, sugary but not
too sugary. Like I said it’s chewy but it’s also crispy
as well. Thanks, and the butter cream is really nice
too. Yeah. Gem, thank you for letting me bake with you
and for teaching me, Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day, and you’ll come
back soon? Hope so, maybe I’ll bring the baby. Maybe you’ll bring the baby. Thank you so much for watching I hope you
enjoyed this episode, and we’ll see you back here really soon for more Bigger Bolder

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  1. I have tried 2 times to make macaroons, but both times they stick to my pan. I cannot understand why, because it is a good quality non-stick and I buttered it very well especially the second time! How can I fix that? Baking paper is not an option, because that never works for me.

  2. I’m going to make these for my family for tomorrow 💖 I have 💙💙💙 boys plus my husband 🥰 so I’m surrounded by 4 really 🤷🏻‍♀️ can’t wait to make these later today!

  3. did you have your little angel yet?? Tomorrow's Valentines day maybe your little one will come then! I hope you're both doing well and I hope everyone has a great,safe,and fun rest of the week. <3

  4. Many years ago when I was learning to bake,I was always taught that they are called macaroons.
    Pretty! Good job Kevin .👍

  5. Macaron is an American coconut cookie sometimes dipped in chocolate
    A macaroon is the French cookie that many people find difficult to make

  6. Hello Gemma & Kevin!! Well done Kevin 🙌🙌 !! You both are adorable❤ I love these macarons! They are so pretty and delicate. I have had always thought that I could never make them, but Kevin said it well — Gemma you help us not to be afraid. You both help us to be Bold . So I will be giving this a go as a gift for my niece Sevda as her Valentine's gift! ❤❤❤ Much love to you both. Next year your little guy might be making an appearance! Oh how lovely! XXOO

  7. اهلا وسهلا معلمتي اهلا وسهلا مع زوجك كل عام انتم بخير انا احبك لاجل خبرتك شكرا انتم جميع

  8. The two of you are super adorable!
    Gemma, I love when you say " Come here to me." My mom use to say that to us when we were little. 💜
    Out of my 4 children, 3 showed up on their due dates. I'm so excited for you guys!

  9. THANKS Gemma! If Kevin can do it- I certainly can! In fact- watching you video has inspired me to give this a whirl; esp. that trick Kevin showed with the macaron template. I honestly never heard of that trick- slip the template underneath the parchment paper. To be honest- I had never thought parchment paper was translucent. I had thought bakers had some how marked the parchment. I always thought that the macaron batter would slide into the neighboring macaron and become 1 big one, if tilted. So many frightening thoughts, but seeing this video has squashed most of my doubts.
    Your baby will be so lucky having a baker as a mum; school bake sales will be so fun!!
    Thank you again, and I hope there will be more videos with your husband and baby!

  10. Your husband is a good sport! They look delicious, he did a wonderful job. Is the baby here yet? 🤔
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you both.

  11. Wow, that's amazing! I've tried making macarons, and I can't get the macaron feet to appear! Plus my little sister loves macarons too! I'm gonna try again when she gets home for her college spring break.

  12. A macaroon is a small cookie (biscuit) usually made with coconut.
    A macaron is a meringue-based sandwich cookie with a creamy filling. This is sometimes called a French macaroon…but does it matter what we call them? Who wouldn't eat either?? 😍
    Happy Valentine's Day, and kiss the new baby for me. ☺

  13. Do you have to use almond flour? What is a good substitute, especially if there is a nut allergy in our midst? Hope you are doing well, Gemma and Kevin xx

  14. I have a twenty page chapter to read for my test tomorrow and this is what I’m doing… Whelp, guess I’m screwed.

  15. Kevin did a wonderful job! I have always wanted to try to make Macarons but I’ve been afraid to, I might give them a go. Those look beautiful

  16. For some reason, my macaron just, Can't dry. Ive waited for a long time, theres no moisture in the pan but it just cant dry..

  17. nice vid, i might actually try to make them now! ps, you're so cute together! I didnt realize u were expecting congrats!!

  18. Greetings from Ghana, Gemma and Kevin, lovely video and congratulations to you both on your new baby, today is Valentine 'day and National Chocolate day in my country, Ghana Chocolate is among some of the best, let me know what type of chocolate the baby likes, will try and send some by post😙

  19. Hello Gemma! Exactly one year ago today, Valentine's Day of 2019, I was told by a bakery worker that French Macarons are EXTREMELY difficult to make and I would probably not be able to make them at home. Well guess what? I'm now making them at home. It took me 3 or 4 tries to get them perfect, but I'm now making them myself, at home! I'm a pretty experienced baker and I'm also self taught. I've been baking since I was 7 years old. I'm now 67 years old, so I've been baking for 60 years! How on earth did I get to be this old??? Anyway, I really enjoyed this video and I'm a new subscriber as of Today! You're never too old to learn something new.

  20. How can it be with you being a professional chef and never made macaroons ??? That is strange to me …

  21. You guys look so cute together! I am gonna give your recipe a try this weak but before that, I just wanna ask, can I reduce the amount of sugar? I love macaron but I always feel that they are overly sweet. Can't wait to meet our "Baby Bolder Baker" ❤

  22. Hey Gemma
    I wanted to ask you if we could use aquafaba in place of egg whites in this recipe or not?
    If not, could u please make a video on macaroons made with aquafaba instead of egg whites.
    Thanks a lot for your amazing recipes.

  23. Gemma, great video. I loveeeeee macarons!! I can't wait to make these. Yum! When is your baby due? Looking forward to the happy day for you and Kevin. ❤❤❤

  24. Kevin didn't sign up for this. Im sure he didn't know that there's going to be a quiz!

    Gemma – what is the number one reminder i say about egg whites?

    Kevin – tik tok til tok


    Looks delish tho! Good job you both! ❤

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