Hm… this was suppose to go up a few weeks ago as a follow up to my first macaron post. Time flies when you’re busy! It’s been a while, I’ve kind of lost my cooking/blogging grove, but I think I found it (again) after a needed break. I can’t apologize because I did enjoy my time away from the stress of blogging that I put on myself. This should be fun! And it is fun again. It was like I had a really long day at work and the thought of cooking gave me a massive headache. But I’m over that now. So, back to this post that was suppose to be up last month … 🙂
I got back on the macaron band wagon, even after my first failed attempt. My friend Julia made a batch perfectly and I was determined to conquer the elusive macaron. She shared the recipe she used with me – from The Food Network. This one was very, very similar to the one I used. I went with aged egg whites this time and made sure it was NOT a humid evening. I also whipped the batter a little more to get more air into it so it had more oomph, if you will.
Another tip. Use parchment paper. Do not make the mistake I did and use wax. It’s not going to work. Why do I even bother with wax paper? Seriously. I should toss it and just stick with parchment from now on.
I piped and let them dry out for about a half hour.
Looks pretty, right? Yeah. I had a slight debacle with these. The cat and dog decided to play a game of chase and ran into the kitchen while they were drying. Let’s just say it’s not easy cleaning macaron goop off a cat. Put these somehwere where no one/thing can flip them over. Good thing I had a few extra pans of macarons.
After the drying time, I followed the baking directions and let them do their thing. I admit, I was nervous. I screwed up the first batch so it’s possible I could screw these ones up, too. And I was also coming off my anger from the macaron covered cat mess. What else could go wrong, right?
The stars must have aligned that night. THEY TURNED OUT!!!!!!!
I screamed with joy and excitement and forgot about the cat-dog mess from earlier. It worked! My little macarons turned out the way they were suppose to! I mean, HOW CUTE?!
I slapped some butter cream onto a macaron and sandwiched two together. I’m still in awe that I made these. I. Made. Those. 😀 You really should try your hand at macarons. They’re challenging and easy at the same time and the excitement is just overwhelming.
I need to make more now …