I have a confession to make. Three weeks ago, I had no idea what was a macaron. I had seen these little sandwich-like things before but I had never eaten one and I had never bothered to find out what they were called. It was our friend, Amy, who suggested that Allison, Emily and I go over to her place for an afternoon of baking and try our hand at making these.
The recipe we used can be found here.
|First, we gathered the ingredients. (Of course!)|
|We sifted the almond flour and then the confectioner's sugar into a bowl.|
|My sister and I showed off our awesome skills at separating egg yolks :P!|
|We whipped the egg whites into fluffy peaks while adding sugar.|
|We mixed the egg whites with our dry ingredients.|
|A teaspoon of vanilla concentrate.|
|A few drops of pink food colouring.|
|We were intent on making our macarons as precise as possible so we traced circles onto the underside of the parchment paper so that we had a template to follow when piping.|
|Emily shows off her careful and precise piping skills.|
|A perfect little swirl every time!|
|All ready for the oven!|
|And out they come...|
We got adventurous after the first time. We attempted an Earl Grey flavored macaron with some sort of lemon filling for our second batch.
|We went for a light blue colour this time.|
|We emptied three tea bags into the batter.|
|I don't think we mixed it properly this time because the mixture turned out thicker.|
|Unfortunately, the swirls didn't smooth out.|
|We made one attempt at a lemon curd filling which we found online. It was a disaster and I am not going to leave photographic evidence that it ever happened. We ended up melting marshmellow peeps and adding lemon extract for a very sweet filling.|
|With a cup of tea, the second, less successful batch still turned out okay. It was edible and tasty and when it comes to food, that's really the most important thing.|
These things are quite sweet and I now understand why they are sold individually at confectionery shops. You really can't eat more than one or two in a go.
Our little group has now gotten bitten with the baking bug and we'll be spending a bit more time in the kitchen in the future.