For the longest time, I’ve really wanted to make macarons. They’re notoriously hard to make and that’s what has made me put it off for so long, I was afraid to try something that I was pretty much guaranteed to fail at.
But when Sugar and Crumbs contacted me to challenge me to make something different with their icing sugars, I decided it was finally time to face my fears and attempt macarons.
In case you haven’t heard of them, Sugar and Crumbs are a family run company based in the UK and offer the most amazing ranges of icing sugars and cocoa powders, as well as cake decorating supplies too.
I first became aware of Sugar and Crumbs back in October last year, when I saw them at the Cake & Bake show and first bought some of their icing sugars.
They kindly sent me a pack of Salted Caramel icing sugar and one of their Nifty Nozzles, which you can read about on Thursday!
The great thing about their icing sugars and cocoa powders is that they are gluten free, nut free, dairy free, lactose free and they’re even suitable for vegetarian and vegans- basically, their products are only full of goodness.
So I decided to use their icing sugar to create Salted Caramel macarons! The great thing about their icing sugars is that the flavours are really intense- however if you want a less intense flavour, dilute the icing sugar with some regular icing sugar.
For a first attempt, my macarons didn’t turn out tooooo badly. They cracked which isn’t a good thing and not all of them were the same size, but to be honest, they taste INCREDIBLE and they don’t look too bad (or at least, I don’t think they do!), so I’m pretty happy with them. Macarons take practise and that is a well-known fact in the baking world, so it’s pretty unlikely anyone would get perfect ones on their first attempt.
But if you want to try them yourself, here’s the recipe I used below:
You will need:
- 100g Salted Caramel icing sugar from Sugar & Crumbs*
- 100g Ground Almonds (you can either do this yourself or you can buy ground almonds from most supermarkets)
- 2 medium egg whites
- Small pinch of salt
- 55g Caster Sugar
- The easiest way to make these is to get your ingredients measured and ready, so you don’t have to spend time measuring them out while your mixture is sitting there.
- If your macarons, like mine, don’t go perfectly, don’t beat yourself up. Like I said before, it’s extremely hard to make macarons and it takes practise!
*Sugar and Crumbs kindly sent me the Salted Caramel icing sugar, however as always, all opinions are my own.