“THOUGH THIS BE MADNESS, YET THERE IS A METHOD.” William Shakespeare
Well this is my first attempt at making macarons! You know, for such a perfect little cookie, you hear so many horror stories about how difficult it is to make them! But actually, it really wasn’t so difficult after all. You simply must follow the instructions as exactly as you can. I let my egg whites age for several days. I measured everything (in grams)! I even purchased thermometers for both ovens! The only thing I would do differently is pipe them smaller. (I know my piping skills are sorely lacking, so I should have measured here, too)!
But all the effort you will put forth will be worth it. This delicately sweet, chewy cookie filled with rich coffee cream is like no other baked good in all this world! While my first love is for cupcakes, I believe I am developing a passion for these amazing and special little cookies! And I can see how some are inspired, by the most ordinary visual stimulus, to create these little sensations! The possibilities are endless! And here’s how you can be inspired, too……..
I was inspired by a really great lady who wrote a really fabulous book! When I look at Jill’s site, or see something come across my Foodbuzz, I am always amazed at what simple things inspire her to create the most beautiful and exceptional macarons. It could be anything from a Coke at a baseball game to poppies in a field in France! They are just always so gorgeous and perfect! And it makes me want to find those sources of inspiration, too!
I looked at reviews for many macaron books, but this one got the best rating. Everyone spoke about the simplicity of her instructions; and I couldn’t agree more. So while it wouldn’t be fair and right for me to give you the recipe; I believe anyone interested in learning how to make macarons should own this book. To be inspired for yourself, please take a look at Jill’s site Mad about Macarons!
You know….I really wanted to keep it simple for myself this first time out of the box. But I knew I wanted to work with a coffee cream center because I thought my boys would enjoy that. (And they did)! And to be truthful….the scariest part of this whole process, for me, was working with the food coloring! But in a way, I think that will be the most exciting. After being so careful with the measurements, and after having everything mixed so perfectly, I was afraid I wouldn’t mix the caramel coloring quite right. And while I mixed it in a separate bowl, I was concerned that I would have a dismal mess when I added it to the ‘batter’, forcing me to start all over again! But now….I really want to start adding color! And I am truly looking forward to making the next batch.
So I hope you will try these, and have as much fun with it as I did! And a big thank you to Jill for her inspiration and instruction. And if I could, I would fly to Paris and give her a huge hug in person! (Actually, it’s not so much the thanking thing as it is that I’d just love the opportunity to have tea and macarons with her)!
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