How Do You Color Macaroons?

Baking By jouj Updated 6 Apr 2010 , 10:14pm by Gefion

jouj Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 4:17pm
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Hi there, have any of you tried making macaroons? I have a recipe that says that we have to use powdered food coloring to color them. I was wondering if I could use gel paste coloring, because I don't have access to powdered colors.
Thanks in advance.

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KarmaStew Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 4:18pm
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You mean macarons?

I make them all the time and I use powdered coloring.

sillywabbitz Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 4:30pm
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I would just think you would color the coconut before you make them. Just a thought. I've done this with gel or liquid food coloring in a zip lock bag and just shake it around.

jouj Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 9:35pm
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Thanks for the reply, but the macaroons I'm talking about don't contain coconut, they're the ones with almond.

antonia74 Posted 5 Apr 2010 , 9:54pm
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Originally Posted by jouj

Thanks for the reply, but the macaroons I'm talking about don't contain coconut, they're the ones with almond.

Sillywabbitz's confused because of your typo.

KarmaStew's mean macarons, not macaroons. They are two very different cookies. icon_cool.gif

To answer your question, I too use the gel colourings. I add a drop to the whites as they are whipping about 75% of their final volume. Doesn't deflate them or anything, works fine. I've heard other people add it to the nut mixture before folding in the whites. I think that would be trickier in the gel format though. icon_confused.gif

smitakasargod Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 5:44am
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Just made macarons yesterday. We added americolor gel color when we mixed the almond flour, sugar and egg whites into a paste before adding the meringue. I guess it depends on which recipe you're using but I know you can use gel colors.

jouj Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 8:02am
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Thanks again for the replies and sorry about the typo mistake, I didn't notice it.
This is the recipe that I have:

90 gr egg whites (roughly 3 egg whites)
25 gr to 50gr (2 Tb to 1/4 cup) granulated sugar
200 gr ( 1.5 cups + 2Tb) powdered sugar
110 gr almonds ( 3/4 cup) (slivered, blanched, sliced, whatever you like)

It also calls for leaving the egg whites at room temperature for 48 hrs, do you all do the same?
I'm frankly afraid to do it because it's hot where I live. I was thinking of leaving them at room temp for around 5 hrs, do you think that's enough?

Thanks again.

TracyLH Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 12:30pm
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Thanks for this posting! I have been wanting to make french macarons for some time and had not yet addressed the idea of coloring them. Thanks for the info! icon_smile.gif

sillywabbitz Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 7:08pm
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Hmmm I'll have to try these macaronsicon_smile.gif They are new to meicon_smile.gif

DanaG21 Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 7:18pm
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I just tried making these for Easter. I used petal dust to color mine. I left my egg whites on my counter for 24 hours - I was very scared to do this. I had about 2 to 3 cookies turn out properly. There are tons of sites out there with different ways of preparing and cooking them. I've never had one of these cookies but mine were really sweet. Is this normal? If so it might not be worth the effort. I'm just glad mine made the foot on the bottom!

jouj Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 8:40pm
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The recipe is not mine, I took it from Bakerella's blog:

But I still need to know if leaving the eggs at room temp for 10 hours would be enough. Anyway, what's the point of leaving them at room temp?

Gefion Posted 6 Apr 2010 , 10:14pm
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Leaving eggwhite at room temp does something to the albumen - making it easier to work with, it will whip up to a larger volume. 10 hours is fine. 5 hours is fine too. As long as they are room temperature.
I always leave mine out for 24 hours.

(I mix the Americolor gel with the meringue)

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