So, I asked Mr Google how to make the perfect macaron, and he recommended I visit this page. This lady knows how to make macarons. She should, she makes a bazillion a week, so if you are contemplating the madness of macaron making, visit her site and follow her beautifully detailed instructions.
I have to say, I was sceptical – ten minutes of whisking egg whites?! But I stuffed my earphones in to block out the noise of my electric whisk and set to.
As far as piping them out, I used a cookie gun similar to this one. Mine has a round nozzle that is perfect for macarons, and I ended up not needing the template I had spent time meticulously making.
If you can resist, I think they actually have a better texture after spending a day in a airtight container - try it and see!
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