In the last 6 months, I have had a roller coaster love/hate relationship with making Macarons. There is all this taboo around them, and I tend scoff at anything that has unnecessary stigma surrounding it. But I'm going to be real with you, here. French Macarons haven't been easy for me. I don't have schooling when it comes to baking, I learn as I go and use some kind of common sense and follow the recipe to a T. However, I am used to things turning out, usually on the first go. I guess that's why i have stuck with baking/decorating for so long, because it's easy. French Macarons are not easy. Even though I vowed to just follow the recipe, I find myself talking to the cookies, willing them to come out right. Voodoo, hoodoo, knock on wood, I do it, because I don't care what anyone says, these cookies are temperamental and I get very frustrated when they don't come out perfectly.
I went from having a 50% success rate when I first learned how to make them, to having about a 90% success rate. Yowza! Sometimes I have bad days and they just don't turn out. The foot isn't developed, or I over mix my base. It happens. I don't worry to much about it. Trash them, start over. But I have actually started liking the process. I enjoy finding the perfect consistency, and piping the right size, letting them rest just long enough.
Yesterday, or the day before, I can't remember now, all of my days are blending together, I made these mocha macarons. They came out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself. Just the perfect bland of espresso and cocoa, with a sweet chocolate buttercream.
I don't have too much of a sweet tooth, and my teeth tend to hurt when I eat a lot of sugar, BUT, I took a itty bitty bite from one and they tasted just like a mocha!
That's all for now. Back to the work table for some Mad Men and making sunglasses. Also, I am interested in doing a lot more dessert recipes on here. Any requests??