I feel that it is important to not only share my successes on this blog, but my failures as well. We all have our mishaps in the kitchen, some worse than others.
Well, my friends, this may rank up there with my worst kitchen failure to date.
I was so excited to make macarons. I know how difficult these classic french desserts are, so I did research for weeks. I learned all of the tricks - age the egg whites, trace the circles on the parchment paper, rap the pan on the countertop, let the meringue sit for an hour before baking it. I had it down.
What I never seem to get correct is what a "glossy meringue" is. I need pictures! Don't whip the meringue more than 50 times? Whaaaa? Rules, rules, rules!
Despite my confusion, I thought I was good to go. I decided to make Chai Spice Macarons and Chocolate Macarons. Into the oven they went as gorgeous little circles piped onto parchment...
.... and out they came as monsterous blobs with cracked tops.
But I did find some silver lining on this grey, murky cloud.
I did achieve the elusive "feet" that everyone talks about to as proof of a correct macaron!
So who cares if they look like the creature from the black lagoon? I have FEET, people!
Let's not even talk about the filling. It was a watery pool of glop.
And you know what? They were delicious. Especially the chai spice macarons.
I will try and try again. Right now, I may see an epic fail, but in the future, I'm coming for YOU, Pierre Herme!
Click here for a step by step directive by Helen of Tartlette on how to make Macarons - and don't follow my way or else you will FAIL!