Macarons are still all the rage in the baking world. These little beauties look so cute but are difficult to master! There are many recipes and blogs out there teaching you the basics but I think its something you probably need to see and feel to know you are getting it right.
My first attempt was laughable. More like an almond gooey cookie. See I took some photos of shame - they are at the bottom of this post, Macaron Madness.
My second attempt I thought were great until I tried to peel them off the paper. Hmmm...wet bases. Also, they were rather flat.
|You can just about make out the green tea mac's atthe back. I split the batch and made two flavours.|
Attempt number 3 was lemon macarons. I need to practice the piping too!
|Filled with lemon butter icing and a lemon curd centre - lemonicious!|
Attempt number 4 was blueberry. These were filled with fresh blueberry coulis and lemon butter icing. These macaron shells I managed to cook perfectly but forgot to push in the 'tails' on my blobs. These had an amazing chewy texture, the warm fruity gooey blueberry centre and a refreshing lemon flavour! Oh my! I can understand how people get addicted to these! :D
|Blueberry & Lemon - these were soo good! Again lemon butter icing but with a fresh blueberry coulis.|
When I tasted the lemon one I thought, "Hmmm....nice." After my teeth sank into the chewy macaron shell of the blueberry one and my mouth was filled with taste and texture sensations, a slow smile spread across my face. "Yeah! This is what macarons are all about!" I've still yet to try a bought macaron. They don't do them here in my town - I'd have to go to the food hall of Selfridges or Harrods in London I think. But for now, these will do! ;)
|Aren't they just cute?|