It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!

Salted Caramel French Macarons

Absolutely irresistible are these salted caramel macarons.  A smooth, luxurious caramel filling sandwiched between macarons makes for a perfect bite-sized dessert or treat.  Place a few of these gems in a little box and tie a pretty bow around it for a thoughtful gift or giveaway that will surely be appreciated.


These Salted Caramel Macarons combine the classic delicate cookie with a sweet and salty filling.

French macaroons are notorious for being unbelievably difficult to make. I was SO SO lucky the first time I made them… the second, not so much. I really think it just takes practice and lots of patience.

They are so light and airy… there is a definite almond taste, so if you aren’t a fan… move along. These cookies are not right for you. They crumble a tad when you bite into them, but oh my goodness are they amazing when paired with the right filling.

Salted Caramel French Macarons Recipe
These Salted Caramel Macarons combine the classic delicate cookie with a sweet and salty filling.



Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • pinch of salt

Filling:

  • scant 1/4 cup cream*
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon fleur de sel

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Start by shifting the powdered sugar and almond flour together. I do this twice to make sure all of the large almond chunks are removed.
  2. Whisk your egg whites until foamy. Add the salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold your flour mixture into your eggs, turning 65 times. Make sure you do this by hand to avoid over mixing.
  4. Place your batter into piping bags and pipe 1 inch rounds onto two parchment lined baking trays. Tap each tray 4-5 times onto the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  5. Allow the cookies to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and bake exactly 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool on a wire rack. Sandwich two cookies with salted caramel sauce and enjoy!

Filling:

  1. Heat your cream until just boiling. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Place your sugar in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and a nice caramel brown color. Stir in the cream and cook for about one minute or until thickened.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and salt. Chill to desired thickness.

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