Thursday, June 24, 2010

Macarons - Attempt #1

These things are tricky.  I spent hours studying recipes, and reading tips on the net for making these, and still the results were not what I had hoped for.  Yes, I let the egg whites rest, yes I tapped the tray on the bench, yes I rested the macarons before baking, yes I didn't over-beat the mixture.... and so on, and so forth.

I used this recipe from Gourmet Traveller - - after sifting through many others.  Even though they are not the prettiest macarons, they still tasted pretty damn good!  I would have been happier if they were a bit taller - I'm not sure if this means I piped them incorrectly, or the mixture was not thick enough.  I was happy with the overall look, and much talked about 'feet' on them.  Next time I think I will flavour the actual macarons with cocoa or vanilla, and go for a plainer filling.

A few notes - they don't work when you bake them on foil (I ran out of baking paper!), and they don't take very well to the fridge!

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