October Daring Bakers - French Macarons
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:21:48 PM
The problem is, when one starts by failing miserably, to get anywhere close to just acceptable takes a lot of practice. And when we just can't do it in an almost daily basis, perfection is a nearly impossible thing.
But I am proud to say that there was, indeed, an evolution between last time I tried baking this, and this month's Daring Bakers' challenge.
The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.
I have already talked a little bit about macarons in my other post, so this time, I'll go directly to my most recent experience.
Baking French macarons is all about technique, and little by little I feel I there is some improvement! I don't really know what happened, but maybe it was my oven. It didn't end up having any “foot”, as it is called that cute bubbly bottom of each cookie. It has also ended up a little bit chewier than it should have been. I think I should try a slightly cooler oven, and allow it to bake a little bit longer, so they won't brown too quickly, before it's dry in the center. It's a similar to what happens to meringues in the oven, to make Pavlovas.
But even if it wasn't all that successful, it was delicious! Filled mine with chocolate ganache (both dark chocolate and white chocolate), and they exploded in flavor at each bite. Even when the ganache was about to be squeezed out from my macarons... ¬¬
Thank you, Ami! And to check out for more Daring Bakers' results, as well as the recipe for these trés chic macarons, just click in the Daring Kitchen website!