With a little help from the Doctor

I have been meaning to bake macarons for a while now. I even bought a macaron set with a special silicon baking sheet. BUT I still haven’t got a kitchen aid for blitzing the almonds finely enough to make macarons all by myself.
So today I turned to the doctor for a little (a lot of, actually) help. Dr.Oetker to be precise. They started selling a macaron mix to which you only need to add milk (the filling) and egg whites (the macarons). They promise confiseur quality. I highly doubt that promise and bought a packet of the mix to see whether the dear doctor can deliver!

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I started off with the filling and added 1dl to the mix. You are supposed to stir and boil it for ten (!) minutes. I only cooked it for 4-5 because I was seriously worried that it would burn. 4-5 minutes proved to be enough.

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For the macarons I whipped 2 egg whites until stiff, added 1 tablespoon of sugar and whisked until the mix was glossy.

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Next I folded in the macaron mix and spooned it onto the baking sheet as instructed.

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The macarons baked in the oven at 150C (NOT preheated) for 20 minutes and certainly looked the part! Not one had cracks or was too wonky shaped.

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Assembling them was easy enough as well.

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And they taste very nice, too. Maybe a bit too meringuey chrunchy for my taste. And the filling tasted a little artificial. My boyfriend loved them, though, and thought the promise ‘qualitĂ© confiseur’ was not without merit.

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They certainly made me eager to try and make some from scratch myself. So show me the way to the next kitchen appliances shop!

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