Aquafaba is a brilliant egg substitute. Put it to good use with this recipe for French Macarons with Chocolate Ganache.
Courtesy of Aquafabulous! 100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Awuafaba by Rebecca Coleman © 2017 www.robertrose.ca Available where books are sold. Photography by Colin Erricson.
Make sure when you are making these that you follow the instructions closely. You will need an accurate digital kitchen scale that weighs small amounts to make this recipe a success
You can make coloured macarons by adding food colouring when you add the vanilla extract in step 3
There are a few different ways to get vanilla seeds. First off, you can buy whole vanilla beans at gourmet food stores. Carefully slice the vanilla bean open with the tip of a sharp paring knife, then scrape out the small seeds from the inside. You can also buy vanilla bean paste. This is vanilla seeds that have been preserved, usually in bourbon, and it has a gooey, paste-like texture. You can also buy dry vanilla seeds in a small jar — they aren’t cheap, but a little goes a long way.
You can make colored macarons by adding food coloring when you add the vanilla extract in Step 3. You can also substitute other flavors of extract for the vanilla. Fill the cookies with jam or other kinds of icing if desired. Let your imagination soar!
The first time you make these, it’s a good idea to test them at different oven temperatures. If the macarons have no “feet,” your temperature is too low. If the macarons burst, your temperature is too high. Oven temperatures vary greatly, so experiment until you find the right temperature for yours.
You can make these macarons ahead of time. Cover and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. But they are best eaten fresh, right after curing.