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Welcome to The Cookbook Cookie Parade: a new cookie from a new cookbook every Friday. Are your sheet pans (and stomachs) ready?

Today: Bright raspberry macarons from a master baker.

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Photo by Julia Gartland

French baker and chef Eric Kayser opened his first boulangerie, Maison Kayser, in Paris in 1996, approaching bread and pastries with a “learn and teach” attitude that he has since integrated into his cafes across the world.

“I view every day as an opportunity to be either a pupil or teacher,” Kayser writes in his latest cookbook, Maison Kayser's French Pastry Workshop. “What I have learned I hope to pass on to the greatest number of people.”

And what better lesson than the delicate, notoriously high-maintenance macaron? Kayser breaks down the detailed recipe into easy-to-follow measurements and instructions. Step-by-step photos show how to fold meringue into batter, pipe perfect shells, and drizzle delicate decorations.

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Pay special attention to the macaronner step where you incorporate the meringue into the batter until it is deflated. Over- or under-mixing will cause the shells to crack in the oven.

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Eric Kayser's Raspberry-Lime Macarons

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Makes 8 individual macarons

For the shells

  • 4 to 5 large (4 oz/115 g) egg whites
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp (5 1/2 oz/155 g) almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (5 1/2 oz/160 g) confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tsp (5 1/2 oz/155 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 or 2 pinches powdered raspberry red food color (intensity of color will depend on brand and your color preference)

Raspberry-lime filling and decoration

  • 9 1/2 ounces (270 g) raspberry preserves with firm consistency (preferably with seeds)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tsp (1 1/2 oz/40 g) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest (from 1/2 a lime)
  • 3 1/2 ounces premium couverture white chocolate, in disks or evenly chopped
  • 2 to 3 drops liquid green food color
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