Mastering The Macaron

Last weekend, after many years of procrastinating, I finally mastered the macaron. Although mastered is probably a bit of bragging, which I really should not be doing as it might have been beginner’s luck.

At a baking workshop about two years ago, one group made macarons, and the teacher constantly drilled into them that getting macarons right is a science, you had to weigh the egg white and lots of such things that made me think trying could only lead to failure. Weighing the egg whites. Who does that?

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Turns out it isn’t necessary at all. I dug out a little recipe booklet I own, and their description of making macarons sounded like the easiest thing ever. And it was – because I stuck to the very simple recipe making rosewater macarons.

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Then this weekend I had a total failure because I got overconfident and accidentally skipped a step. Okay, on to the next batch. Perfect. But then I buggered up the buttercream filling. So I gave myself a stern talking to, demanding of myself that I focus on what I was doing, and everything was fine.

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I stuck to the recipe 100 % for the shells, but for the buttercream it asked for a mix of raspberries and raspberry syrup, and as I didn’t have the latter I added a bit of violet syrup instead. The result not only looks lovely but tastes great, too. My intention is to take the macarons to work tomorrow, but I find myself sneaking to the fridge to have just one more. Who knows what will be left in the morning…

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So with my fear of making macarons now overcome, and with the reminder that some things require staying focused on, I know that macarons will make a regular appearance in this kitchen and am already thinking of flavours to try.

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