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Silicone Macaron Mat Review

My silicone macaron mat review. Expensive macaron mats are a luxury and not always needed to make perfect, round macarons. You just need good quality baking paper and a good macaron recipe. However, find out how I use the mat most today and the difference between making macarons with the mat and baking paper.

macarons baked on a silicone mat with very small feet

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Experimenting with a Silicone Macaron Mat vs Baking Paper

For all the macarons I’ve churned out over the years, I had never used a silicone macaron mat. I see them in specialised baking shops and advertised online? Surely they’re bound to make your macarons even easier and perfect, right? So I bought myself one to experiment and help you decide if it’s worth buying one or not by this silicone macaron mat review.

So I bought a Mastrad macaron mat. This post is not referring to a silicone Silpat mat, but a special macaron mat with pre-defined circles. (Incidentally, I don’t use a plain Silpat mat as it tends to overcook macarons…)

Although it’s referred to as a “small” macaron baking sheet, it’s rather a large mat (42cm x 33cm; 17″x13″) and so the small is referring to the size of macarons, not the macaron mat itself. In America this may be an extra small size, but in France this is the normal size found in the pâtisseries in Paris. The mat produces 56 shells for 28 macarons.

piped out macaron batter on paper and on a silicone baking mat to compare

It was great to see so many macarons condensed onto one tray. Look at how many I managed to pipe out on the mat compared with the usual free-hand piping on baking paper.  So that’s a winner in the contest for making large batches for parties.


piped out macaron batter on to a black silicone mat

If you look closely at the photo above, however, you will see that my macarons are not quite round. Why? Well, although it may look easy I had to pipe the batter right into the middle of the raised rounds. By the time the batter spread out a little (as they normally do), I realised that some of my piping wasn’t quite directly in the middle. I’m so used to piping quickly free-hand.

Although I missed the centre on some of them, the majority turned out in perfect circles.

On the other hand, the mat was too big for my large baking sheet. The result was that the batter moved and produced some oval macarons which were not so pretty. I would, therefore, recommend that you use a baking sheet that is large enough to support the mat, such as an aluminium 18x14cm baking sheet.

Baking the macarons using the silicone macaron mat took an extra 4-5 minutes compared to the ones being baked just on baking parchment.

baked macarons with small feet on a baking mat

Macaron Feet using the Silicone Macaron Mat

In general, the end result was satisfactory but I really wasn’t happy with the macarons’ feet. Using the silicone macaron mat, they were much flatter than I normally achieve by piping directly onto good quality baking parchment/paper. I also found that the macarons tended to stick to the mat, creating a shiny surface underneath. I would recommend oiling the mat slightly before piping to avoid this. Who wants to add oil in making macarons, though? That’s adding criteria for failure.

Macaron Feet Using Baking Parchment

Being so used to piping out macarons free hand, I find it much easier to use simple baking parchment (good quality) and pipe out rounds quickly. Look at the feet using baking parchment below.  They have a much bigger, pronounced foot which gives macarons their characteristic look.

caramel macarons sitting on baking paper

How I use a Silicone Macaron Mat

After a few batches I stopped using the silicone mat for macarons. It’s too time consuming to relearn how to pipe the batter into the centre of the silicone rounds on the mat – although I’m not stopping you from doing this. Instead, I prefer to make French chocolate mendiants using it. The round circles are just the perfect size.

melted chocolate topped with dried fruit and nuts on a silicone mat with disks

As you can see, the whole process is made easy with the mat’s round grooves to make perfectly round mendiant chocolate disks when they harden.

Just peel off the mat!

peeled off chocolate mendiant disks from a silicone macaron mat

I also used the macaron mat to make French chouquettes (mini choux buns topped with pearl sugar) It was interesting to see that they turned out slightly flatter compared to ones piped out onto my Silpat silicone baking mat.

For chouquette, profiteroles and éclair pastry lovers, I have a whole chapter of easy choux bun recipes and pastry treats in my second book, Teatime in Paris.

using a macaron silicone mat to make chouquettes

Left: silicone macaron mat with circles (the subject of this post); Right: Plain silicone mat

Silicone Macaron Mat Review – Verdict

The mat is an extra luxury; you don’t need it, especially if you already enjoy baking and have a few practises with the piping bag.

First-time users with a piping bag can find it awkward at first and, although the mat provides extra confidence in piping out uniform rounds, you still need to practise piping out the rounds directly in the middle and just enough so that the batter doesn’t go over the raised rounds. The positive side is that you can fit more macarons on to the one sheet.

If you do prefer using the mat, I would ensure you have a baking sheet that is large enough to hold the full mat, so check your sizes first as I recommend above. It’s good for making large batches of macarons for parties.

For the best macaron feet results, however, I still prefer using good quality baking parchment.

chocolate macaron shells baked on baking parchment

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Note: This is a personal review and not sponsored by anybody: Mastrad did not contact me. As I see them in so many shops and readers ask me if they should buy it, I bought the mat myself, curious to try. All ideas and opinions are my own in the interest of my macaron-making friends. 

This post was first published 31 August 2012 but has now been updated.

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Comments (90)

Everyone I know loves Silpat mats and to this day I haven’t purchased one. Although I may have purchased this one for the circles had you not shared this review. To date I’ve used a sheet that I printed off online to place under my parchment as I piped, with circles, until I got the hang of making circles the same size. Once you do get the hang of it, you develop a type of rythum that makes piping quick and easy. You must be so speedy at it by now!

Nice review. Thanks for sharing that.

Vicki, I do love the Silpat mats for choux buns, eclairs and cookies – it’s great for these. I’ve seen the circle idea but as you say, once you get the hang of it there’s no need for that either. You’re probably quicker than myself by now!

Thanks for saving us the trouble of falling for this gizmo.but your mendients are adorb.
Ingenious solution!

Thanks, Carol – even mendiants just need baking parchment and you can easily obtain perfect rounds with the back of the spoon…

Hi Jill,

Read this with interest!! I thought I was being very clever in buying the silicone mats ( I even tried 2 different ones!) but have to say I get much better results on baking parchment too!!! And cleaning them is a nightmare!!!!

x

Yes, I forgot to mention the cleaning. Too right, Beckie!

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