So this week I made two batches of macarons. (The French sandwich-looking variety, not macaroons as in coconut macaroons). This is what they should have looked like:
|Image from Laduree|
|Attempt 1 - with my friend Katie|
- We started at 1.45pm.
- We forgot to keep some egg whites separate as the recipe instructed.
- We made double the mixture just so we could keep some egg whites separate.
- We added red and yellow food colouring in the hope that they would turn out orange. We poured, then poured some more. The mixture turned a very pale mint green. Perplexed expressions were exchanged. We added more yellow. It turned the colour of dough. Not impressive. New, perhaps in-date food colouring needs to be purchased.
- At 3.30pm we finally put them in the oven.
- We finished at 4.30pm.
No wonder macarons are expensive at £30 or so for a box of 12. I would charge more just for the sheer amount of hard work that has to go into making them! This is how they turned out:
Nevertheless, if I had another afternoon free then I would make them again, but using a completely different recipe to BBC Food (or at least... follow the recipe exactly...) because the taste was worth it.
Until next time!