They are wonderfully crisp on the outside while being soft on the inside and are truly addictive as a "sweet" treat. While not traditional, I’ve taken the liberty of adding a sprinkling of flaked almonds for extra texture.
These macaroons are commonly crumbled and used in the traditional Danish Lagkage (layer cake), a traditional Danish birthday cake.
- 100 g almond meal
- 100 g pure icing sugar, sifted
- good pinch of bicarbonate of soda
- 2 egg whites, at room temperature
- pinch of salt
- 25 g (¼ cup) flaked almonds, to sprinkle
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Baking time 12-15 minutes (for each batch)
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
Put the almond meal, icing sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a medium bowl and mix until evenly combined.
Use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to whisk the egg whites and salt in a medium clean, dry bowl until stiff peaks form. Add the almond meal and icing sugar mixture and use a spatula or large metal spoon to fold together until evenly combined.
Use two metal teaspoons to spoon slightly heaped spoonfuls of the mixture onto the lined tray about 4 cm apart to allow for spreading. Sprinkle with the flaked almonds and then bake in the third top of the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden and aromatic.
Cool the macarons on the tray. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make about 20 macarons in total.
• Macaroons will in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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This recipe is from our online column, Bakeproof: Danish baking.
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