THE DARING COOKS OCTOBER 2009 CHALLENGE: MACARONS
The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. from Baking Without Fear. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.
Introduction from the Daring Kitchen site:
In the United States, the term “macaroon” generally refers to a cookie made primarily of coconut. But European macarons are based on either ground almonds or almond paste, combined with sugar and egg whites. The texture can run from chewy, crunchy or a combination of the two. Frequently, two macaroons are sandwiched together with ganache, buttercream or jam, which can cause the cookies to become more chewy. The flavor possibilities and combinations are nigh endless, allowing infinitely customizable permutations.
For this month’s challenge I decided on a matcha macaron with a vanilla spiced filling. My macarons did not have “feet” when they baked. This is due to not letting them sit long enough before baking. I decided not to beat myself over the head and re-do the challenge. Instead if you are really interested in making these wonderful cookies, there is only one person I consider a Master in the art of macarons, and this would be Tartelette. She has posted several versions of macarons with straight forward instructions and inspiring photos on how to sucessfully make and bake them.
I’m glad to have had this challenge but I’m even more glad its over.