When attempting new recipes, I usually do a ton of research by reading many variations of the recipe, and also by getting whatever tips and advice I can. Obviously when it comes to technique, it’s hard to learn from just reading or talking about it. I’d tried making macarons before, but like I just said, the technique is hard to master. So I took a macarons class at ICE this past week, and I learned that you can’t just follow a recipe to make this cookie. You have to know what to look for at each step, and even then, you just have to be really nice to the cookie and pray that it turns out.
My baking buddy and old college roommate Mel also took the class with me, and we teamed up to make these lemon macarons, which happened to be one Meilleur Ouvrier de France’s (MOF) recipe. Here’s a macaron fact: all MOF’s can’t agree on a particular method when making them because depending on a number of factors, different methods produce lovely macarons. The method our recipe used incorporated the sugar with the egg whites at the start of the whipping process, and also did away with any waiting period after piping the cookies, it went straight into the oven. Some methods have that waiting period to allow a skin to form on the macarons, but ours came out just fine.
Oh, and the fillings. We made a plain yellow cookie and originally paired it with lemon curd. We made another batch of vanilla macarons, but we baked them in the cursed oven (our instructor burned her demo macarons in this oven first), and our cookies also cracked and burned. That left us with extra white chocolate ganache to also fill our macarons with. We were a little stingy with our fillings; something else that takes practice. But for Mel and my first duo-baking project, not bad, huh? Together, we make Melida ;)