Pretty in Pink Macarons

There’s 2 reasons I don’t like making macarons.

1. I’m a little OCD about getting them all the same size, as I mentioned in my Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie post.

2. They never turn out quite as nice as the ones you can buy in french patisseries or made by professionals who have made 100’s and know what they’re doing. 

 

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Then I saw this wonderful silicone sheet from the Craft Company. A wonderful company close to me in the UK, but ships internationally.

I just knew I had to have it! All my macarons would be the same size! No more macaron OCD,

 

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To test out my new silicone sheet I didn’t want to do anything fancy. I’ve seen a fantastic recipe for hazlenut nutella macarons, but I thought I better stick to my normal easy macaron recipe. I didn’t want the new recipe to interfere with my ability to tell if the sheet worked.

I whipped up a normal batch, filled the little holes and put them in the oven. Coloured bright pink of course. I’ll let this be my homage to 80’s movies. I sometimes wish I was Molly Ringwald.

 

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I wasn’t sure how full the fill them. I think I might have filled them a bit much since when I tapped the baking sheet the silicone sheet was  on against the work surface, some spilled over. 

So how did they turn out?

 

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Firstly, after the standard 16-18 minutes I cook my macarons for, they were no where near cooked! I ended up leaving them for another 10 minutes before I took them out.  Even then when I tried to take them off the sheet after  minutes to place on a cooling rack, some macaron mixture got left behind.

But I can’t fault the way they all turned out round and the same size. In essence this is a great idea, but since it didn’t come with any instructions,  I have a few pointers if anyone buys one.

1. Bake longer than instructed.

2. Leave until completely cool until you try and remove them.

3. Don’t overfill.

 

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For a first time macaron maker I would definitely recommend this item. It takes some of the stress away of making macarons for the first time. I think i’ll definitely use it again now I know what I’m doing, so keep an eye out for that!

If you’d like to buy one of these sheets,click here.

Has anyone else had any experience with one of these mats?

 

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This post was sponsored by the Craft Company who I received the items from. All opinions are my own.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Your macarons look great! I know totally what you mean. Why does each batch of macarons always come out differently at home! And just when I think maybe I’ve got the hang of it, watch out! And I always make mine too big. I probably need the silicon sheet but never have used it; I use silpat. I love the pink color of yours.
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  2. says

    Macarons are my nemesis and I’ve given up trying! I have a similar mat which helped to make them the same size but sadly a lot of them stuck to the mat and I couldn’t get them off in one piece. Perhaps I’ll give these another go after in the future. Yours look perfectly beautiful – love the pink!

  3. says

    They look darn near perfect to me! I’ve only made macarons once…if I could only decide on a flavor (way too many options), then I can try again :)

  4. says

    I’ve made macarons on a silicone sheet but I preferred the ones that were on the parchment paper. It’s been awhile since I made some (ever since I broke my food processor) so I can’t remember how long I baked them for, but they came out fine on the silicone mat too.

    Yours turned out really well, I love the pink colour.

    Nazneen

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