AI have to admit I have been eavesdropping on a Twitter conversation between, Jamie, Deeba, Hilda, Aparna, Barbara, Meeta, Ilva, Shelley, Erin, Deborah, Rachael, and Ria the past couple of weeks. I do have better things to do with my time, then listen in on a virtual conversation about things that have nothing to do with me. I couldn’t help myself as they were chatting about one of my favorite treats to enjoy, the French Macaron. I could not stand it any longer, I tweeted Rachael and asked what was taking place? How did I miss this mac-a-thon and how could I get involved. Being as sweet as she is, she told me to tweet Jamie for all the info, so I did!
This wonderful group of bloggers is attempting to perfect the macaron, the French macaron, by using one of the queens of macarons, Helen of Tartelette. Since I was a little behind, they are posting today, I had to take the jump on it, and decided only to make one round of macarons using Helen’s recipe. We were supposed 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, and the macarons looked so pretty on the baking sheet. I pulled them out of the oven looking the best they ever have (mine usually look like dreidels). They had feet, yes, they had feet and after they cooled, when I attempted to remove them from the baking sheet, their feet, legs and all, stayed behind! What went WRONG? I think I should have baked for another minute (Jamie suggested this as well) or maybe it was the humidity in the air? I had one left that was nearly perfect. At least it had a top and a bottom; the rest, let’s just say they will be a great little nibble with a hot cup of coffee!
*disclaimer, I did not, make a batch of ganache for this photo shoot, I used Nutella.