While reading one of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Travel, Write, where the amazing Mardi and Mr. Neil create amazing food, amazing pictures and amazing stories, I was again amazed at Mardi's incredible macarons (she participates in a monthly macaron challenge at MacTweets). As I was reading various MacTweets submissions, I stumbled upon PastryPal's blog, which has a step by step tutorial for making macarons (all you have to do is give her your email and she sends you the link). Once I read the tutorial, I was sold. I even had almond flour in my pantry from a previous Dorie recipe.
|Piped and drying|
My first batch were the traditional almond macaron with a chocolate ganache filling. Turns out my macarons were baby sized (the tutorial said to pipe them nickel sized, which I did) and I ended up with a lot of ganache left, so I tackled some chocolate macarons also. So, in one day, I made about 200 macarons (which became about 100...no, not from my eating them...but from making them into sandwiches). These puppies are quite addictive and we are going through the 100 or so quite quickly (plus I gave a few away).
|Look at those beautiful feet!|
The only issue with them is they were a little tall for their small diameter, so they tended to tip over once they were sandwiched together. Kind of like weebles...except when they wobbled they did fall over. I made the chocolate ones a little larger, so their proportion was a bit better. I am looking forward to experimenting with a variety of flavors now that I feel like I've got the basics down. I know salted caramels are in my future and maybe a coconut concoction (that I'll have to eat all by myself since the boys are coconut phobes)! If you've got a favorite flavor, let me know!
|My favorite shot...the leaning tower of macarons!|
|Because, you can never have enough macaron shots!|