ody Macarons / meringue cookies

Macarons / meringue cookies

                        Macaron is a sweet meringue based cookie made of egg white,sugar and any flavor. When i was studying in collage ,one of my relative brought me a pack of white cookie like one. When i tasted first, it just melts in my mouth. I like the taste and texture. Recently my neighbor friend karthiga remind me back this cookie.When i searched online,i came to know it has only few ingredients. But i found difficult to get the texture and color after trying few times.Finally i got the texture and taste.It take times to bake but after tasting it, we feel all is worth.Today is halloween,kids likes to get a treat from everyone. I prepared this cookie as a treat for my son.

Taste: I can get the flavor of vanilla essence and cashew taste in it.It melts in our mouth.
Texture: It has brittle texture.It is not as hard like normal cookie.

Egg - 2
Sugar - 1/4 cup(Fine powdered)
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice or cream of tartar - 1/2 tsp
Broken cashew nut - 5 tbsp

*Chop cashew into very fine pieces.
* Extract egg white separately  from yoke and transfer it to a small bowl.

1. Pre-heat conventional oven to 200 degree F.
2. Take a baking plate and line it with parchment paper or aluminium foil and keep it in oven while pre-heating.
3..In  a big bowl,add the egg whites.Using hand mixer or electric mixer,mix the egg white in low-medium speed.Mix till the egg white turns foamy. Now add lemon juice or cream of tartar into it and mix again ,till small spike appears.Now slowly add sugar one spoon at a time,mix till stable spikes appears.(When you take mixer from egg white, spikes should appear ).Finally add vanilla extract and finely chopped cashew nuts and mix for 1 more minute.Finally check the texture using hand. The mix should be like a cream without solid sugar bit in it. (Cashew nut pieces can be there)
4.Transfer the mix into pastry bag (with 1/2 inch tip) and seal it .
5.Remove the baking tray from oven and slowly make desired shape using the mix on the tray.Once done,keep the tray in oven.
6.Bake for 1 1/2 hours in 200 degree F.
7.After 1 1/2 hr,slightly open the oven door and leave it like that for 3 to 4 hrs to dry the cookie.
8.After 4 hrs , slowly remove the cookie and transfer it to a plate to serve.

* We can use any artificial flavor while making this cookie.
* We can also add finely chopped almond too.
* We can add some food coloring to make it more attractive.
* Take time while preparing this cookie, don't hurry while mixing.It took 20 minutes for mixing.
* Keep the egg in room temperature ( out from fridge alteast 30 minutes before)
* If we don't get fine sugar,we can grind it in mixie to very fine powder.
* Use pure vanilla extract than imitation one.

Problem we face while preparing this cookie:
* If we add yellow yoke even mall bit, the taste will differ and texture differ.
* If the sugar is not fine, the cookie wont be smooth textured one.
* Take time to mix the egg white. It should get the spikes when finish mixing.
* Keep the cookie in pre-heat oven,else the cookie will loose its shape.
* Don't increase the temperature in between while baking , it will make the cookie to bake fast and it turn brown color fast.
* By leaving the cookie in switched off oven,makes the cookie to be crispy for long.


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