But, before I post the recipe and give you all the details, I thought we might spend a minute talking about almond flour. Almond flour is one of three primary ingredients in the macaron shell. It is absolutely essential, yet it can also be very expensive:
- At my neighborhood Vons, it cost a whopping $9.99 for a small bag.
- At Trader Joe's, the same size bag costs only $3.99; however, I wouldn't recommend using it for macarons because it will give them a speckled look. While most almond flour on the market is made from blanched, slivered almonds that are finely ground, TJ's almond flour seems to be made from regular almonds -- and they grind up the darker, outside portion of the nut as well. I've used it as a topping for blueberry muffins and it worked great, but when it comes to macarons . . . not so much.
So, what's a girl to do?
The best option I found was to simply make it myself. A bag of blanched, slivered almonds is roughly the same price as the almond flour at Trader Joe's. I bought a bag, threw the nuts in the food processor, and voila: my own homemade almond flour!
|The difference in color between my homemade almond flour (right) and Trader Joe's almond flour (left).|
Still feeling unsure? Check out this awesome YouTube video for step-by-step instructions: