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Place oven rack in the middle and bake one sheet at a time. Macarons are needy! And they don't like to share. They prefer to be placed in the middle of your oven, by themselves, for a nice even bake.
If you get any egg yolk in your egg white, discard the egg and start again.
Fold sugar and eggs gently. Lightly and quickly fold the batter, trying to keep as much air in as possible. In the end, the batter should be thick but should still be airy.
Pop ALL bubbles before baking. Firmly drop the tray of macarons onto a flat surface at least five times, until bubbles rise to the surface. Gently poke out the bubbles with a toothpick, swirling around the batter when needed. If you are dropping less than a full tray of macarons, hold on to the parchment paper! It can fly up and get stuck to the macarons. Instead of dropping, you can firmly tap it on the counter while holding the tray.
Let the macarons sit. It's important to allow the macarons at least 30 minutes to rest on the tray after piping. If you're in a humid environment this process can take up to an hour. Make sure they don't stick to your fingers! Doing this gives the macarons a strong outer shell.
Watch your oven as your shells get close to 17 minutes. The shells can burn easily. Shells are done when the feet are no longer sticky. That said, it is far better to over bake macarons than under bake.
What to do if you over bake your macarons? Mature them! Believe it or not, most bakeries over bake their macarons....on purpose. Over baked macarons are easy to fix and it actually gives them a tougher sell when done right. Unfortunately for us hungry bakers who want to enjoy what we just made, maturing macarons will take patience. First off, how do you know if they're over baked? Over baked macarons are hard when they cool. To mature them, frost them, and set them in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to 72 hours. The wetness of the frosting helps hydrate the macarons. Test one after 24 hours. Let it come to room temperature. If it's too cold, it will still be hard. If it's hard at room temperature, let is mature another day and test it again.
How do you store macarons? If you're going to eat them in under 24 hours, they can sit out at room temperature. If you need more than 24 hours, macarons should be stored in your refrigerator in an air tight container for up to a week. Let them come to room temperature before enjoying.