A Mac Attack and the French Macaron

Almond flour and sugar is gently folded with egg whites to create the French macaron.  Nestled between the delicate cookies is a slight layer of  nutty but chocolatey Nutella.

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I have to admit I have been eavesdropping on a Twitter conversation between, Jamie, Deeba, Hilda, Aparna, Barbara, Meeta, Ilva, Shelley, Erin, DeborahRachael, and Ria the past couple of weeks.  Okay, I do have better things to do with my time then listen in on things that have nothing to do with me, but they were chatting about one of my favorite things to nosh on, The French Macaron.  Finally, I could not stand it any longer and I tweeted Rachael and asked what was taking place?  How did I miss this mac-a-thon and how could I get involved, not that I needed another reason to bake something!  Being as sweet as she is, she told me to tweet Jamie for all the info, so I did!

This wonderful group of bloggers are attempting to perfect the macaron, the French macaron, by using one of the queens of macarons, recipe, Helen of Tartelette.    Now since I was a little behind, they are posting today, the 15th, I had to take jump on it and decided only to make one round of macs using Helen’s recipe.  We were suppose to make the basic shell and fill with a chocolate ganache.  Everything was right on track, egg whites sat out for 24 hours, the batter came together beautifully, the macs looked so pretty on the baking sheet, they came out of the oven looking the best they ever have (mine usually look like dreidels), they had feet, yes, they had feet and then after they cooled, I attempted to remove them from the baking sheet and their feet, legs and all, stayed behind!  What went WRONG?  I think I should have baked maybe one more minute (Jamie suggested this as well) or maybe it was the humidity in the air?  I had one left that was nearly perfect, well, it had a top and bottom, the rest, well, let’s just say they make nice little noshes with a hot cup of coffee!

*disclaimer, I did not, I say DID NOT make a batch of ganache for this photo shoot, I used nutella.

Recipe:  Macarons


  1. Too funny! And very adorable macs, I must say. You jumped on the Mac express with much good-humor, energy and aplomb! Good for you and we will help you make perfect macs one day! Thanks for joining us and posting this: a challenge for us all. We are in this together and together we will, one day, make perfect macs!

    And eating a bowlful of chocolate ganache and eating a jar full of nutella amounts to almost the same thing in my book :-) My kind of girl!

  2. Oh dear, so pleased you snacked on them anyway, I would’ve too.
    Hate when I hear others throw them… (makes me angry – I cannot stand waste!) and yours certainly look ahelluvalot better than my first attempt!
    Their feet often stick for me too, adding a few drops of water under and a around the sheet can help, not enough to drown them, just enough to make a bit of steam. Good job!!

  3. WAHOO! You go girl! So glad you got on the Mac Train with us! Hey, Nutella is just as good as chocolate ganache in my book…

  4. Awww, what a bummer! I’ve never actually made them myself, but I’ve been meaning to try. Thanks for sharing the trials and tribulations and let us know if you ever figure out the secret.

  5. I still think it’s great you made them. This is what happened to my first lot. LOL Of course, I didn’t think that was funny then. :)
    And I used a chocolate-Nutella ganache in my rather chubby macs. :)

    Btw, I believe we’re hoping to make this a monthly affair with variations, so looking forward to doing this together again!

  6. A day with macaroons is a day to make you smile! ;)

  7. bummer! but hats off for doing this with us. the next time we’ll make sure the feet and legs stay on! LOL! you’re just too funny!

  8. i love to nosh on these as well. perhaps one day i’ll let my love inspire me to actually bake them!

  9. Denise, you are a wonderful sport to jump in & be so brave. I would have shivered! I’m glad you were part of it, and am glad you got to see the feet.Sorry they cose to stay behind…but HEY…they look great on the laptter & you got a nice whole one on top. YUM YUM…look like pretty yummy bites alright! Thank you for adding to our fun! We loved having you on!! xoxo

  10. You got feet! Very pretty macaroons. I wish I had hopped on to the mac attack bandwagon back then. Was too swamped with work to take on the challenge. Your macs look fab, and just like you when I’m short on time/lazy/without any real excuse not to make ganache, I use Nutella as well. :)

  11. Handmade jewellery says:

    I don’t eat from McD’s, but let me tell you a cute story about Big Mac Attacks…my oldest nephew’s name is MacKenzy, and we call him Mac. When he was little and in day care, he was a biter.

  12. Handmade jewellery says:

    One of the kids he bit one day was asked by his dad what happened to him, and he answered that he had had a Big Mac attack!! LOL He is nearly 30 now, and we still tell this one at family dinners…

  13. Handmade jewellery says:

    I have a major attack yesterday afternoon when I heard my Chinese students planning to go to McDonald. I had no choice but to give in to my crave.

  14. Kamran Siddiqi says:

    I love the nutella disclaimer!


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