Wednesday, January 23, 2013

French Macarons Second Attempt...A SUCCESS!!!

My Delicious Messy French Macaron!! =)

If at first you don't succeed, Try Try Again!! Yup! On a whim, I decided to attempt french macarons AGAIN and it was a complete success! Here was my attempt: HERE. I measured out the ingredients precisely, followed the recipe to a T, and had patience...Patience was really the key! I'm so proud of myself for following through and not giving up!! 

I bought real Almond Flour...it was misplaced in my supermarket, but I found it and $8.49 later it came home with me. It makes all the difference with these complex little things. The recipe calls for Almond Flour...Just buy the almond flour, honestly. Last time I tried to make Almond Flour - I chopped up almonds & even sifted them like the recipe called for, but I couldn't quite get the mixture fine enough. This time...I didn't feel like my arm was going to fall off, sifting the confectionary sugar with the almond flour. It was easy and smooth...


Last time due to a "Folding" Error...I had macaron soup. This time, I folded the almond flour/powdered sugar mixture in with the egg white/fine sugar meringue. What is Folding you may ask? After you have made the hard peaks for the meringue you fold the almond flour mixture over and over again with a spatula. YOU DO NOT USE THE MIXER TO FOLD!! It will deflate your egg whites and create the soup. My macaron batter had weight to it and fluff. It was ready to be piped onto the parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

Quick Tip: A way to tell if you've "Folded" the batter enough is to place a dollop on a plate and the dollop should smooth out...if it stays in the shape of the dollop you need to fold some more.  I learned this from the talented lady at this Youtube video: HERE.


YEAH!!! =)

The Key to getting the "Feet" of a macaron is letting the pipped macaroons sit out for at least 15 minutes before you put them in the oven. The top of the pipped macarons will form a "skin". Do a small thumbprint test and then your good to go!

When I looked into the oven and saw them rising nicely I was jumping up and down with joy! I did overcook the bottoms a little bit, but all in all it was a complete success and I can say now that I can make french macarons! =)


So yummy!!  If I make them again I think I'm going to raise the oven rack so it will be cooked more on top, but I'm still so happy!!! I'm not sure if these lil things are something I will be making frequently, but it was so much fun to try out something new...

The hardest part in the end was matching up the sizes. Ironically I found a soul mate for each. =)

WOOHOO!!!!

I used the recipe from Chevrons & Eclairs...


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Oh and btw...I bought the Bear from my last post!

I was trying to give it a kiss =) It wound up only costing me $7 thanks to a gift card! =)

22 comments:

  1. great job! the key to making a recipe your own is to do it over and over again, tweaking here and there. pretty soon, you'll be experimenting with your own creations :D nom nom

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  2. so well done, lovely! They look totally scrumptious:) Muah

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  3. Yay! Congrats! They look delicious! And yay for your purchase too! It's a cute cookie jar!

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  4. Go you! Nailed it on the second attempt. That's awesome.

    (And yay to the cookie jar!)

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  5. awesome work! i know how hard they are to bake - so exciting! also your apron is so cute!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  6. Congrats on your macaron success... I'm drooling here. :) They look delicious!

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  7. These look magnificent!!! Send some to Ky, please and thanks :)

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  8. Good job!! I still haven't tried a macaron ever!

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  9. Very nice! =D Thanks for sharing this recipe with us =]


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  10. Major congrats to you! I have tried time and time again to make these with no success. So I understand the stress and success that you feel in making these little beauties.

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  11. Wow! Amazing! I am gonna try this out. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now your newest GFC follower.
    xoxo
    G
    http://littlemisswhisk.blogspot.com/

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  12. That looks perfectly amazing!! Congrats :D

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  13. Looks delicious! I'll definitely have to try the recipe!

    I really like your blog! Following on GFC :)

    xx Katherine
    MELD

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  14. Ahhh, those look delicious! You're so skilled! I want to make those...I hope I don't mess them up, haha.

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  15. Yum! I need to get the almond flour next time, too...I resorted to grounding my own during my first attempt, and it was a mess. : )

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  16. They look amazing!!! I love the pretty pink colour you made them. I have never been brave enough to try making macaroons myself, I've always taken the easy way out and bought them. Lol. You could open up a bakery and sell those babies they look so good!
    Xoxo Lauren

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  17. They look amazing!!! I love the pretty pink colour you made them. I have never been brave enough to try making macaroons myself, I've always taken the easy way out and bought them. Lol. You could open up a bakery and sell those babies they look so good!
    Xoxo Lauren

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  18. I know this is incredibly late, but I am so pleased to see that my recipe worked! Trust me when I say macarons do not have a precise recipe. It really depends on "your hand". I'm sure if you make it again, you will come up with your own tips and tricks and if you do, please do share! I would love to add it to my post. Hope you indulged! x

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