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A first attempt at Macarons- Thanks to notsohumblepie!! =)

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Before i start this post, i simply must acknowledge the amazing posts done by Ms. Humble on macarons. Her amazing scientific approach to macaron making really helped a lot as I attempted this notorious baked sweet. Maybe i’m a nerd at heart but her scatter plots and scientific labeling were happily familiar. =)

With the boyfriend in France, I simply had to attempt macarons to entice him back home. =) But if not for the posts that i found on Ms. Humble’s website, I never would have the courage to attempt them! If you’re thinking of making macarons, I strongly advise popping over to her website and studying her posts very very carefully. I memorized them and planned out each step, and it wasn’t a total failure! Eternal love and gratitude to her.

Ms. Humble’s Scatter Plot Macarons

yields 50 (100 shells) macarons (feel free to divide it for fewer cookies)
120g almond meal
200g powdered sugar
100g egg whites
30-35g granulated sugar
food coloring gel

I’m not going to include her instructions in here because you really need to head over to her page to read all the details carefully. =) But I have photos! Not bad for a first timer! Yay!

I was so excited when I saw the feet (not very pretty ones unfortunately 😦 ) forming in the oven. I must have scared some neighbours with my elated screaming. Oops. As you can see, my macarons are not very smooth… 😦 I spent AGES trying to sift the almond meal (to no avail) and i had no food processor (sob)… bake king almond meal is not very good for macaron making. Sigh. Prayed pretty hard too….Thank God!! =)

I think that my macarons were a tad over-mixed because I had a bit of trouble at the meringue stage (they got a bit clumpy)…. but i’m really really glad that some succeeded even if the rest (oops) failed.

I’ve never been so happy to see feet in my life. =P

Written by Musingsat

June 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Posted in Macarons