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Pistachio Macarons

Pistachio macarons are a timeless classic of French pastry. Learn how to make them at home! These treats delightfully highlight the elegant bright green nut. {Jump to Recipe} 

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Pistachio macarons are a delightful classic of French pastry, but did you know you can make them at home? This recipe will show you how.


First Time Making French Macarons?

If this is your first time making macarons, prep, read, and watch before you start: Macarons are finicky to make, but if you set aside enough time so that you won’t be rushed, you can do it. I have a variety of resources available for you: a lengthy step-by-step recipe with photos to guide you through the process; a detailed troubleshooting post that’ll help you understand mishaps, should they happen; and a full video class—which I highly recommend watching before you make macarons for the first time. There’s nothing like watching someone making macarons to learn how to make them properly—that’s how I learned over 10 years ago, and that’s how thousands of my students did too!

My class is hosted on Skillshare and if you sign up using this link, you’ll get free access to the whole site for 14 days—which is just perfect to get you started on your macaron-making journey.


VIDEO CLASS: Learn How to Make French Macarons

If you want to SEE someone make macarons before you take on the project of making your own, my Skillshare video class is for you:

How to Make French Macarons: A Skillshare Video Class by FoodNouveau.com

I designed my Skillshare class both for novice bakers who want to learn new skills, and for experienced bakers who are seeking to master a new and impressive dessert. The class is divided into 15 short lessons that show you the essential equipment you needthe important steps to followthe techniques to master, and the potential pitfalls to avoid. You can watch the videos on your own time, start practicing, share with other budding macaron makers, and ask me questions if you encounter difficulties along the way.

I myself learned how to make macaron by watching a friend making them for me repeatedly, and I believe a live (or video!) demonstration is the best way to learn how to make macarons because you can see exactly the techniques, textures, and results you should aim for.

Over 6,000 people have taken my Skillshare class so far and the class gets overwhelmingly positive reviews, most students stating the lessons exceeded their expectations. I’m confident that this video class will enable you to create perfect macarons. 

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Pistachio Macarons

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Yield about 56 shells, or 28 assembled macarons

Pistachio macarons are a timeless classic of French pastry. Learn how to make them at home! These treats delightfully highlight the elegant bright green nut.

Ingredients

For the pistachio buttercream

For the macaron shells

Instructions

For the pistachio buttercream: In the bowl of a food processor, add the pistachios and powdered sugar. Process until the pistachios are very finely ground, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice during the process.

Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl if using a hand mixer, and beat for a minute to soften. Add the ground pistachio/sugar mixture and mix until fluffy and smooth. Add the pistachio extract and mix well. If the buttercream seems a bit stiff, add some heavy cream or milk by teaspoonfuls until you reach the right consistency. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip and set aside until ready to assemble the macarons. (The buttercream can be made ahead; refrigerate, but make sure to return to room temperature at least an hour before using.)

For the macaron shells:

*Return the egg whites to room temperature at least an hour before making the macarons shells.*

In the bowl of a food processor, add the powdered sugar, almond flour, and pistachios, and process until the mixture is thoroughly incorporated, 30 seconds to a minute. Sift the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to make sure no lumps or bigger bits of nuts are left.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large stainless steel mixing bowl if using a hand mixer, whisk the egg whites on medium/high speed until frothy. Add a tablespoon of the granulated sugar, continue whisking at medium-low speed, then add the remaining sugar slowly. Increase the speed medium-high and whisk until the egg whites are bright white and create stiff peaks. At low speed, mix in green and yellow gel food coloring: for a light green, try a ratio of 6 drops yellow to 1 drop green, adding as much as needed to reach a shade you like.

Using a spatula, gently fold in the almond and sugar mixture into the meringue in 2 or 3 additions. Slide your spatula all the way to the bottom of the bowl and comes back up several times to make sure no pockets of dry ingredients remain.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slide macaron templates under the parchment paper, if using.

Transfer the macaron batter in a pastry bag fitted with a ½-inch (1.25-cm) round tip. Pipe 1.5-inch (3.8-cm) rounds of batter, evenly spaced but still close to one another as they will not expand much.

Carefully slide the macaron templates off the baking sheets, if you used them. Let the shells rest on the baking sheets for 20 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 275°F (135°C) with a rack in the middle position. Bake the macarons for 13 to 16 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes.

Let the shells cool completely to room temperature before assembling them, about an hour.

To assemble the macarons: Pair same sized shells together and set side by side on a work surface. Pipe some pistachio buttercream over half of the shells. Close the macarons, gently pressing the second shells over the filling.

Store the assembled macarons in an airtight container and refrigerate for one night before indulging.

Always bring the macarons back to room temperature before serving.

Courses Dessert

Cuisine French

 

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