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How do you make regular macaron shells?
In making nice and same size macarons, all you need to do is take a
pen or pencil and a glass or cookie-cutter, and draw staggered rows of
circles, 3.5 cm ( 1 ½ in) wide, on baking paper. These can be used as a
template for the macarons. Cover this template with another sheet of
baking paper, join them together with a paperclip if needed.
Piping in Practise
To help you guide your
movements, hold the bag with one hand and the nozzle with the other.
Gently pull on the nozzle to remove the "stopper" that was made using
the bag, then pipe small flat rounds inside each drawn circle, applying
light pressure with the palm of your hand.
Compress the batter by
tightening the bag with a quarter-turn each time.
How do you attach the paper to
Place small dots of batter on
the tray to prevent the paper lifting up when cooking. Put the paper
onto the tray. Lightly tap the bottom of the tray once the macarons have
been piped onto the paper, to smooth out the surface of the macarons.
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