Macaron Tip: Preventing Sloppy and Burnt Macaron

5 Mar

Since macaron is a very delicate cookie, it is very sensitive to humidity and heat in the oven. Since egg whites contain mainly of water, it would be neccesary to decrease the water content in the batter and while baking. Aging the egg whites dehydrates some of the water content (as mention in this previous tip), but during baking, some of the water will evaporate, thus leaving very humid environment in the oven. To solve that problem, simply prop your oven door open and leave a gap during the last one or two minutes of baking time.

Since macaron is also very sensitive to heat, the top and bottom of the cookie can easily get burnt. Bake the cookie on the middle rack of the oven and use two baking sheets instead of one. Simply stack one baking sheet on top of the other. Another great way to prevent the bottom of the cookies from burning is invest in a Silpat! You can get it at kitchenware shops like Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table and Macy’s, or you can get it on Amazon (it’s a little cheaper). Silpat helps evenly distribute the heat during baking, BUT remember, baking macaron with a Silpat still requires two baking sheets! Silpat is also good for keeping the macaron round. When using parchment paper, the paper tends to crinkle in the oven, thus the paper creases cause the macaron to slide and mis-shape. But if you want equal size macaron, using parchment paper with traced circle would be a good start. Simply move onto using Silpat after you had lots of practice.

Summary: Silpat vs. Parchment Paper

Silpat Pro or Parchment Paper Con:
1. Distribute heat evenly
2. Keep macaron round since silpat will stay flat with heat

Silpat Con or Parchment Paper Pro:
1. Cannot draw tracing circle on it thus harder to pipe equal size circle if want practice


3 Responses to “Macaron Tip: Preventing Sloppy and Burnt Macaron”

  1. Steven March 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    “Simply move onto using Silpat after you had lots of practice.”

    Haha, my house will have been burned down by that point!


    Stalkers and Bubble Tea makes for a surprisingly good time!

  2. Lucia April 11, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    Silpats are see-through, so you can put paper with traced circles underneath while pipping equal size circles =)

    • Mandy April 11, 2012 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks for the tip Lucia! I actually tried that, but my paper was smaller than the pad and pan itself so it won’t create ridges; But the problem for me was that was since silpat grips onto the pan so well, it’s hard to slide the paper out before baking. An extra hand would definitely works though!

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