Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Feet

I made a promise of sorts last year in October, something along the lines of:

That was after multiple failed attempts, a daring bakers challenge and a lot of wasted almond flour; that was when I called them macaroons, and not their proper name, macarons. Since then you may have been the recipient of many a comment on your blog along the lines of: "I hate you" if you ever showed off your cute little footed cookies.

Well, thanks to Barbara, look what I can do!!!

Last month for Mac Tweets Barbara posted her Pink Flamingo Macarons... knowing Barbara lives in my home state, and that she was a skilled macaron maker, I begged her to give me a mac tutorial, and we set a date for July's Mac Tweets: Sing a Song.

Bubblegum Macarons with Chocolate Nutella Filling

I was excited for weeks, building up anticipation to the exciting day of reckoning! And Barbara did not disappoint, she was delightful! She emphasized measuring out your ingredients, gave me tons of helpful hints and suggestions and watched over as I folded in the egg whites (previously, the cause of my demise). Barbara is the reason these macs turned out perfectly, so the test will be if I can make them, truly, on my own.

110 g powdered sugar
60g finely ground almond meal flour
Sift together
Subtract 1 tablespoon flour/sugar and substitute flavoring (1 tablespoon bubblegum powdered sugar*)

Whip 60g egg whites (of 2 eggs) to soft peaks
Add 40g granulated sugar and whip to stiff peaks
**Barbara's Tip: If you are using powdered coloring add to flour, if using liquid coloring add to egg whites once whipped
Fold flour into egg whites in two batches
Stir just until whites are incorporated, but fully incorporated is key
Spoon batter into piping bag, minus the tip and pipe even circles onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper
**Barbara's Tip: Stack two baking sheets so bottom of cookies don't burn
Let rest for 15 minutes - 1 hour
Bake at 310F°, 10-15 minutes until feet have puffed and outer shell is hard

**Barbara's Tip: After 10 minutes lightly tap the top of the macaron, you want them set, but not quite firm
Peel off parchment paper once cooled
Top with filling and match with same size macaron

This was such a fun experience! Not only did I get to meet a fellow blogger, but I finally succeeded in mastering this tiny cookie and consequently eating a a delightful amount of tasty macarons! Can't wait until next time!!

See what flavor Barbara made during our meetup.

*Every year, post Christmas holiday I can't resist the magnetic lure of discounted candy canes in strawberry, raspberry, bubblegum and tangerine flavors; they make deliciously flavored powdered sugar simply by pulverizing them in your blender which in turn lend a creative flair to your desserts. In January I posted an easy recipe using bubblegum powered sugar over at Make it Work Mom.

20 Sweet Talkers:

Anonymous said...

Yay for you! You did it! I haven't tackled those yet. Heck, I'm still learning yeast doughs... that's enough for one year...LOL

I'll be sure to call you when I need macaron assistance...

Deeba PAB said...

Doing the Happy Feet dance for you. Isn't Barbara a sweetheart? I need to fly her down to India to help me find feet too. Your macs are gorgeous and so are the flavours. Thanks for getting a foot on the Mac Express. Jamie & me are happy to have you here.Thanks for joining us!!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Never mind a food blogging convention - I think we mac enthusiasts should hold a MacTweets convention!!!! Can you imagine? All the mac crazies in one place at one time? SCARY!!

Congrats on happy feet - your macs are lovely!

tammy said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! Congratulations on some amazing macs! I'll attempt those someday--when I don't have so many other things pulling at my brain!

Pamela said...

what lovely macaroons. love the pink!!! so glad hell and barbara finally helped you master macaroons.

Lora said...

There are adorable. Love the bubblegum flavor and the video.

Lora said...

There are adorable. Love the bubblegum flavor and the video.

Jamie said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! They are perfect macs and a gorgeous pink! My pink macs always yellow but yours are brilliant. And love the flavor! Lucky both you guys for being able to meet up and bake macs together! I can now easily say "I hate you!" Ha Ha Ha! Thrilled you baked these for Mactweets and will look for more of your perfect entries!

shaz said...

Yay, congratulations! Happy day for happy feet. Love the pink bubblegum idea too :)

chocoparis said...

Congratulations on these perfect macarons! Such a lovely shade of pink. They look very yummy!

Bonnie said...

You made some pretty nice macarons. Aren't they fun. By the way, I was given one of your pecan logs last Christmas by a neighbor and it was wonderful. The best I've ever tasted. Welcom to the Mac Club from another neighbor.

Cristie said...

When I had heard that you had baked with Barbara I knew that you would have had a lovely time--what a sweetheart! Your mac's are BEAUTIFUL! I love the colors and the feet are perfect. Success, success.

Naomi said...

Those are so cute! I've been wondering when you were going to post again. :)

Sue Sparks said...

I will be overjoyed if my macs someday turn out this BEAUTIFULLY! Kudos to you! That was so sweet of Barbara to help you! Barbara, do you make house calls? :)
Great tips!

Pam said...

ha...loved your fun video! and you have a very yummy blog too! Enjoy!

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