Two weekends ago, I finally found the courage and pushed myself to try my hand at making macarons. I set aside a whole Saturday afternoon to make these babies and opted to make the Italian style macaron rather than the French style, because the Italian recipe seemed much simpler – equal ratios of almond meal and icing sugar.
I think watching Masterchef has instilled a fear of making macarons for me and so I had prepared myself for failure and disappointment. A good thing really because I failed… like three times 😦 So off I went and made three major boo boo’s:
First the almond meal was a bitch to sift through so I only sifted it once (in hindsight I should have used a food processor to grind the almond meal more) so it probably wasn’t the most fine of almond meal.
Secondly, when boiling my sugar to 118degrees EXACTLY, I had formed sugar crystals which hardened, so I had to start again. (I made toffee from the failed sugar boiling attempt though)
Thirdly I was scared to overbeat the egg mixture so I didn’t get the stiff peaks I needed = runny mixture.
After all the prep, I was ready to give up, but it would’ve been such a big big waste of time and effort, so I continued to pipe them. The piping was relatively easy and I had piped perfect little circles, but since my mixture was too runny the circles started to look like ovals and then just splats of mixture – oh well. Into the oven for 10mins and lo and behold – my macarons had pied!!! (Pied is the little rough frilly bit at the bottom of the shell). Unfortunately because my oven is tiny they burnt a little and the green has discoloured to a murky green with a hint of brown (I didn’t use any colouring for the shell). Quickly made some green tea ganache filling, squeezed onto one half of the shell, twisted the other half of shell on top – all done! I was really happy with the taste and the texture, crisp on the outside but chewy inside – the only disappointing thing was the look of it.
Guys, it was such an effort – I started at 2pm and finished at 6pm (including the washing up), but I did have a sense of accomplishment that my first attempt weren’t inedible and in fact tasted pretty good, though I was disappointed with the look of it. I was dead tired but I’ll probably try again sometime this week because I’m craving Salted Caramel macarons XP
Ooh they’re glossy, all piped and ready to go
Wafu style Macarons – Green Tea Macarons
(see how my pied/foot got burnt and a little discolouration on the top)