Yes, it’s the Jour du Macaron again! I can hardly believe it’s been a year since the famous FIVE batches of macarons it took to get one pretty picture last year! Time flies when you are having fun, I guess!
I was planning on posting my Mactweets for this month today and yesterday, set about organising my ingredients in a methodical fashion, trying to will them to be a success. Truth is, macs take probably 15 minutes from the time you start mixing your ingredients and really, apart from being finicky, they are relatively straighforward. The finicky part you can’t control, though I am a big believer in baking being affected by your mood and I have not much felt up to cooking lately so was concerned that would play into the success of these babies. Still, I followed my faithful recipe, that mostly works, and tried to think positive thoughts of dainty feet. I divided my batter and made two colours – I was planning on strawberries and cream and lemon meringue macarons, in keeping with the “fruity” Mactweets theme.
Well apparently, one should not bake with vertigo.
Because my first tray looked most definitely like they have been suffering the same virus as me, LOL!
Strangely, I had a little of the lemon batter left and just for the heck of it, I piped out some much smaller macarons…
I filled them with buttercream into which I mixed some lemon zest and they were really good. The flavours were delicate and not overpowering, just like their little feet!
And as my mum said on the phone last night “Oh well, at least you have enough for a photo, right?” Had to laugh – even she “gets” that about the blog. And
someone Neil will be having a nice little treat in his lunch bag every day this week 😉
As a little treat on this special day for macs, I am including a link to a fascinating video about how Ladurée make macarons – click here. It’s all in French but even if you don’t understand, the visuals are interesting. I wanna work there though I bet those bakers never eat a macaron. They are literally surrounded by thousands of them!