French Macaron Recipe

Sweets are not just for the sweet when you know French Macarons make a difficult day seem like heaven. 

French Macarons are truly a heavenly treat. These cookies are so light you might think they have angel wings. One bite tells you French Macarons are a delight that can be enjoyed for any occasion. 

Making these delicate and flavorful cookies is surprisingly easy when you know the details that make these cookies a family favorite. They are great for special occasions when a hint of food coloring is added to the mixture. 

Serve pretty green and red ones for winter holidays and pink ones for special dinners and children’s birthday parties. 

French Macarons take a total of about one hour with 30 minutes of actual prep and 17 minutes of baking time. 

Tips to Make Perfect French Macarons

The most important tip is to always use well-sifted almond flour to keep the batter light. Use a food processor to sift the flour. 

Although you can use dehydrated egg whites, it’s better to store egg whites in a jar in the fridge to “age” for two or three days in the French tradition. You can use the remaining egg yolks for a cake, pizza dough, or homemade pasta. 

Preheat the oven to 300˚F (150˚C).

Gather Your Ingredients Beforehand

In addition to egg whites and almond flour, you need salt, unsalted butter, granulated and powdered sugars, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar. Use parchment paper to line your baking pan and to save clean up later. 

Let’s Begin

Whisk 1 cup of sifted almond flour with 1 3/4 powdered sugar to make 30 French Macarons in a food processor. 

Add in a half teaspoon of salt. Process at low speed until the mixture is like a fine powder. 

In a separate bowl, preferably stainless or copper, place egg whites, an eighth teaspoon cream of tartar, and a half teaspoon of salt. Beat until soft peaks form, 

Very slowly add a quarter cup of granulated sugar allowing the egg mixture to fully incorporate. 

Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. One tip chefs use is to turn the bowl upside down to ensure the mixture is the correct stiffness and adheres to the bowl. 

At this point, you add vanilla while continuing to beat. The pure vanilla extract gives a much stronger flavor than imitation vanilla extract. 

Now you can add food color. If you want a rainbow tray of French Macarons, separate the mixture and add several food colors. 

Now it’s time to add the almond flour mixture. This mixture should be folded gently with a rubber spatula into the egg white batter so as not to lose airy lightness. At this point, the batter should fall in a ribbon effect from the spatula. 

Some bakers prefer to use a piping bag to transfer batter to the parchment-lined cookie sheet. However, with a bit of wrist agility, you can make small dots with a tablespoon to shape. 

One tip to keep the parchment from shifting in the pan as you pipe or spoon the batter is to place a tiny dot of butter on the underside of the parchment at each of four corners. 

With the batter, make 1 1/2 inch circles on the parchment and space about an inch apart. 

If you tap the baking sheet on a hard surface several times, that removes excess air in the batter. 

Set the baking trays aside and let stand for about a half-hour or until the batter surface seems dry. This is an important step that gives these cookies their iconic texture. 

Bake for about 17 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies have risen and no longer stick to the parchment. 

Layered French Macarons

The traditional style for serving French Macarons is to fill them with buttercream. For this you need three cups of powdered sugar, one teaspoon vanilla or almond extract, one cup (two sticks) of unsalted butter at room temperature, and three tablespoons of heavy cream whipped together until creamy and smooth. 

Place the buttercream between two macarons. Dust with powdered sugar, vanilla sugar, or colored sprinkles. You can also give the underside of each cookie a light spread of strawberry or apricot jam before adding buttercream. 

DIY Christmas Decorations You Can Make At Home

Christmas is a time when people come together and celebrate. Thus, you need to decorate your house for Christmas. There are DIY Christmas decorations that you can make at home at low or zero cost. You can make decorations from the unwanted things at home. The following DIY ideas are both for traditional and modern decorations.

Little Home-Made Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree is one of the decorations common in most homes during Christmas. You do not have to buy an expensive tree for Christmas, have a home-made Christmas tree to decorate the countertops or bookshelves around your home.

The items you need to make a Christmas tree

For you to make a Christmas tree, you will need:

1. Different colored yarns.

2. Hot glue.

3. Any corn shaped plastic/ box.

4. Fork.

Steps of making the tree

Step 1:

1. Use the fork to make pompoms with the yarns.

2. Make sure the pompom is properly tied to prevent them from getting destroyed.

3. To make the pompoms, roll the yarn on the fork as many times as you want.

Besides, you can use different Christmas colors to make your tree more colorful.

Step 2: Use the hot glue to stick your pompoms on the corn shaped plastic/box. As you glue the pompoms, ensure you do not leave spaces between them.

With all the above steps, you will have a Christmas tree for less than $5. Make as many trees as you want.

Christmas Ornament Wreath

You do not need to buy an ornament wreath. There are different ways to make an ornament wreath at home. The easiest way is using a hanger or a flexible wire. An ornament can decorate the door or wall during Christmas.

Supplies needed to make an ornament wreath

1. A hanger/flexible round item.

2. Ornaments of different sizes.

3. Hot glue.

4. Ribbons.

5. Glue sticks.

How to make a home-made ornament wreath 

You need to understand that making an ornament wreath is not as easy as it looks. The secret behind a beautiful wreath is how you organize the whole project.

Step 1: Design your hanger or flexible wire into around shape.

Step 2: Add glue on top of your ornaments and fix them on the hanger. Make sure to organize your ornament for your final product.

Step 3: Make a flower with your ribbon, glue the ribbon on top of your ornament wreath.

When choosing your ornament and ribbon color, consider choosing a similar color to the home types of furniture.

Decorate the Dinner Table for Christmas

Christmas is the time to come together and enjoy special meals. Use simple DIY to decorate the dining place.

What you need to set up the dining room for Christmas

1. A long red table cloth.

2. Light garlands.

3. Ornaments.

4. Small size red and green table cloth.

5. Bowls, plates, forks, and spoons.

How to set the dinner table

Step 1: Place the long red table cloth in the middle of the table.

Step 2: On top of the table cloth, place the light garland. Add some small size ornament to the garland.

Step 3: Take three bowls and place the ornament in the bowl. Arrange the bowls on the table.

Step 4: Arrange plates depending on the number of guests. You can fold the green table cloths as a Christmas tree, then place them on the plate.

Step 5: Wrap the spoons and forks with the red table cloth.

Step 6: Besides, you can add an ornament wreath to make your dining wall more beautiful.

Christmas should not be expensive. Use the available resources to make your holiday more colorful. Above are simple DIY to decorate your home at low or no cost.