After an impromptu family get-together last night at our place, I decided to give it a go at making macarons. I had been hearing more and more about them through a Facebook friend and I wanted to see if they were as temperamental as I had read up on.
I had all the ingredients necessary, and everything seemed to be going so well. My almonds grinded without a hitch, my egg whites formed the perfect peaks, my batter looked and felt like the right consistency. I was even able to make every macaron almost identical in size – well, as good as a first timer could make them of course.
I continuously went back to the oven to make sure that my macarons were forming their perfect feet – they were! – and that the tops were smooth and glossy – a success! – and even after I took them out of the over I could barely believe my eyes.
And half an hour later, after I’ve let them cool down, my dreams came crashing to a halt.
I went to take one off the baking sheet and all I held in my hand was the little perfectly smooth and glossy dome. The bottom half remain on my baking sheet, stuck to the bottom and under cooked.
Little did I know that these pesky little buggers would become the bane of my baking existance. I have tried three times since and have yet to perfect them. I will, however, not give up so quickly. So for now I leave my adventures in macarons on the back burner, I think I’ll stick to banana muffins for now…