Strawberry Macarons from the Topless Baker
Matt Adlard aka Topless Baker is a self taught home cook who tries to make the most daunting of recipes seem easy! Topless Baker is all about getting people into the kitchen and cooking, and most importantly, enjoying the food they are eating.
Matt runs a YouTube channel where he uploads new recipes every week from homemade pasta to chocolate tarts, cooking all the home comforts and treats everyone likes to eat!
Strawberry macarons delicately filled with a strawberry & white chocolate ganache – it doesn’t get any more luxurious than this! If you are new to making macarons then this is the perfect, fool proof recipe and much easier than the ‘French’ method. Most people think they are hard to make but they just take a bit of time & patience. Once you’ve perfected the technique, there are so many flavours you can experiment with.
- 150g Ground Almonds
- 150g Icing sugar
- 150g Caster Sugar
- 110g Egg Whites
- 35g Water
- Red Food Colouring
- 60g Fresh Strawberries
- 200g White Chocolate
- First off, take the ground almonds & icing sugar and blend them in a food processor until they reach a fine crumb.
- Sift the ground almonds and icing sugar into a bowl.
- Measure 55g of the egg white and mix in the red food colouring. Pour this over the almond/icing sugar mixture. Mix to form a thick sticky paste.
- Take the remaining egg whites and begin to whisk them with an electric mixer on medium speed.
- While the egg whites are whisking away, take the caster sugar and water, and put them in a pan over a low/medium heat and boil until they reach 118C degrees.
- At this point the egg whites should be at soft peaks. Take the water/sugar mixture and slowly begin pouring it down the side of the mixing bowl as you continue to whisk the egg whites. Mix on high speed for 7 minutes and you have stiff peaks.
- Using a spatula, fold the meringue into the almond/icing sugar mixture, taking between 30-40 folds to blend the mixture. At this point, you can tell if you’ve added enough food colouring. If your mixture isn’t bright enough add more food colouring.
- The batter is ready when it is at the ribbon consistency – when you drop it from a height it should fall into a ribbon and then settle flat in 10s.
- Add the mixture to a piping bag and fit a regular round hole/1cm nozzle.
- Pipe the mixture into small round circles onto parchment paper or a non stick mat.
- Once you’ve piped out all the mixture, give the tray 2-3 taps on the work surface just to knock out any air bubbles. Leave the mixture at room temperature before baking at 170C for 12 minutes.
- Once out the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and don’t touch them until they have cooled down completely.
- While the macarons are cooling, begin your filling. Hull your fresh strawberries and put them into a food processor until you have a smooth puree. Add it to a pan and bring to a gentle simmer.
- Add the white chocolate to a ban-marie and once melted, stir in the strawberry puree, leaving to one side to cool.
- By this time, the macarons should be cool, and you can peel them off the baking sheet. Add the white chocolate strawberry ganache to a piping bag and pipe it onto half the shells, flat side up. Then sandwich the other remaining shells on top.
- To finish, pour sprinkles around the edge of the macaron so that they stick to the filling and then serve.
We’ve picked out a few products to help with your macaroon making…
Silicone Macaroon Mould
They say presentation is everything, and our handy macaroon mould ensures your macaroons are evenly shaped and sized so they look as though they’ve come straight from the patisserie! Easy to clean and store, it’s one baking addition that no macaroon-lover should be without.
Get A Grip Disposable Piping Bags
You need a steady hand when icing and piping and, unlike ordinary fabric piping bags, our single-use, silicone-coated Get A Grip Piping Bags alternatives have a textured non-slip finish, so your fingers won’t slip when doing detailed work. Smooth on the inside, a wide opening at the top makes them really easy to fill, they’re super-strong and generously-sized too – best of all though, there’s no cleaning up to do afterwards! They’re excellent for beginners as they give great control as you ice – no wonder our customers love them so much! Just snip off the end to insert your own nozzle.
Thermospatula – Silicone Spatula and Thermometer
No more spoiled jam or chocolate – our clever Thermospatula displays the exact temperature as you stir. Specially designed for recipes that require heating to a specific temperature, such as home-made jam, tempering chocolate, or when cooking delicate custards and sauces, our non-scratch, silicone spatula has an integral digital thermometer that displays a precise temperature as you heat and stir ingredients.
Take a look at our full baking range for more ideas and inspiration.