So, for my birthday this year I received a macaroon kit. I Finally took the hint and made my mother some macaroons for HER Birthday. These are my adventures.
Ms4Tune and I one tried macaroons before and they didn’t quite work, so I was disillusioned. I didn’t really want to make them because the first time was a fail.To be honest this time around wasn’t so much better.
I was merrily following the pamphlet that came with my set, only to discover that it was stupid. It was missing key parts of the instructions. Luckily I had a macaroon book – a previous birthday/Christmas present from my mother – so I switched to that and it was much easier to continue.
The book with it was rather vague about how long you beat the meringue part, the macaroon book was far more succinct – you beat it till you have soft peaks. Next you fold in the almond powder mix. At this point the pamphlet got quite detailed about folding it together, quarter turning etc. The book told me to fold it in a third at a time until it was a shiny batter.
Next it was time to put it on the mats! I say mats because the measurements they gave were far more than what actually fits on the mat provided. Luckily I had another because – you guessed it! I was given one for a birthday/Christmas gift from my mother….It still wasn’t enough, I had to add some to a tray too.
I left them, then cooked them then left them again, all for the right time. However, some became brown and at first I thought these ones were over done. However, they were mostly the ones that had actually cooked. Not all of the cooked ones were brown and not all of the brown ones were cooked.
Then I made the butter filling! Basically butter icing. Getting the colour was hard and I’m really going to investigate colourings because that’s just ridiculous. I continued with the measurements from the pamphlet to make sure I made enough. I’m not sure if it’s because I used so much colour and tried to cover it with flavour or if it was the fact I used golden icing sugar, but the whole thing ended up tasting like it had a cream cheese base. When constructed however it tasted fine.
(the macaroons you can see are all the macaroons I was actually able to make. The broken meringues we used to make a mock Eton mess with some frozen berry frozen yogurt we had in the freezer…)
The pamphlet is terrible and next time I’ll just pay attention to the book. Even with a coldshelf in the aga they didn’t cook right, so perhaps next time I’ll cook them super slow and super long in the warming oven instead. No doubt I’ll be making more sometime, so keep an eye out for an update!
Do you have any Maaroon tips? And Make it Monday ideas? Please, comment below!