Saturday, 27 July 2013

French Macaroons - my nemesis no more!

It's that time again - Daring Bakers' posting time.

This month, in a "celebration" of past Daring Baker and Daring Cook challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we'd like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try!

Once the challenge was announced, I did contemplate browsing the archives to find one that really appealed, however on the other hand, I've now participated in 31 Daring Bakers' challenges (this is number 32) and only one of those has been a complete disaster. Now don't get me wrong, others have had some unexpected results and massive deviations of the original recipe to make them dairy free, but they've generally been successful in their own way. Only one has been a complete fail entirely through my own actions, since it was a dairy free recipe to begin with, so I knew that was the challenge I had to re-visit to attempt to conquer it again: French Macaroons from October 2009. In fact, it was also my first ever Daring Bakers challenge - I'm glad I didn't get too disheartened and kept going!


This time I used a different recipe - by Ed Kimber from the BBC Good Food website. AND THEY WORKED BEAUTIFULLY! I was so nervous putting them in the oven, and so happy when they behaved like expected, and rose up with shiny tops and a little frilly foot around the bottom. My baking nemesis is no more :-)

So here are my re-visited success variety.



I followed the recipe to the letter, wanting to eliminate as many sources of errror as possible - I'm well aware that my fails are usually because I never seem to follow a recipe as it it written. I added a little vanilla and strawberry flavour to the mix, then filled them with a dark chocolate ganache made with dark chocolate drops and soya cream.

And for comparison, my first-time around fails can be found here.

13 comments:

  1. French Macarons have always been my nemesis too! Happily, I think I figured them out this month as well.

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  2. Heeeey, nice feet! I always do a happy dance when I get a successful batch of macarons so big congrats on getting them right!

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  3. They look just delicious, congratulations on overcoming your kitchen nemesis ;)

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  4. They look perfect and congratulations on your success!

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  5. Congrats on the great success with the macarons! They look wonderful!

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  6. They look perfect!! Your attempt is certainly encouraging for us who still struggle for a decent batch ;)

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  7. Shiny tops like that eluded me for the longest of time - incredibly well done!

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  8. So fun to have a redo. They look scrumptious.

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  9. Your macarons look perfect and delicious! They are still on my to-do baking list.

    www.mycookbookaddiction.com

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  10. They look great! It took me 3 attempts to bake something resembling a macaron, so thumbs up to you.

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  11. Oh well done! I too fail because I don't follow recipes but your macaroons look like you bake them all the time!

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  12. Impressed.

    I tried to make macarons once and it was an epic fail. I am really going to have to try again sometime, because they are sooo good.

    Yours look great

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  13. Nice work! They look beautiful. Macs are STILL my nemesis, alas. I tried them once a few years back & twice this month. All of them failed! I might try Edd's recipe. :)

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