Eons ago I tried to make macarons, and I was so traumatised by the whole ordeal it's taken me over 2 and a half years to try again.
Who knew baking disasters could have such a profound affect on your life?
Anyway, today was the day. I went into town and got ground almonds especially!
I tried this recipe as it looked a lot more straightforward than the last one I tried. Unfortunately for me I was following it from my ipad - which didn't have the extra bit that tells the actual weights of things. It goes for the simpler cups and 3 egg white method. Also my eggs were FAR TOO fresh. I need to leave some out over night - supposedly!
I SO wish I'd had a look at it on my laptop, though, because I would have realised that my 3 egg whites were actually about half of the required 100g. I only worked this out when once I'd added and folded in mine it resembled wallpaper paste! I frantically whisked up another couple and bunged them in - this still wasn't actually enough, but in a panic I started piping out little discs. I knew they were too solid even as I was doing it but was too freaked out to care! I'd also whipped out most of the air. At least I got them a nice colour.
And, more importantly, I know exactly where I went wrong this time.
They shouldn't have the ridges and they're actually far too thick as well. I don't know why they still look grainy as I blitzed the almonds and icing sugar and sifted them twice.
These ones, obviously, don't look perfect by any means. They're far too flat for starters! And big and grainy! But they are an improvement. They're apple flavour with creamed blue cheese as a filling - we had these when we went to The Langham for afternoon tea and these are just like them - NOT!
I won't be beaten! I will try again and it won't take 2 and a half years this time - I may even give it a go tomorrow?
...Well maybe the next day.
Note - I just found this blog
http://bravetart.com/recipes/Macarons - the recipe
I've just discovered her and she's sheer genius!