This past week, Clara from I ♥ Food 4 Thought decided to throw down the gauntlet with some Macarons. She also invited any Tuesdays With Dorie member to join her on her faithful journey to Macarontown. I thought why the hell not. At first I thought she said Macaroons, and I was like sure I have extra coconut hanging around, but then, like Laurie, I noticed there was only one of those sneaky little “O”s. Which means something completely different.
1 “o” = French Macarons – egg whites, nut flour, and complicated little feet
2 “o”s = Coconut Macaroons – a lot easier to make and no crazy little feet
I thought sure, why not. I have made macarons on 3 other occasions (Opera, Blue, and DB Challenge). With all those three, I used Tartlette’s base recipe for macarons. I never had any trouble with the feet or anything, but I always thought that I stirred it too much because mine were always round/flat and Tartlette’s always had that lifted round quality.
This time Clara said she was going to use David Lebovitz recipe, which I have not yet tried. I don’t know if I screwed up but the batter seemed more dense this time around, and I got the lifted round quality, but they weren’t perfect enough. I think this time I didn’t stir enough. I guess eventually practice makes perfect. For the filling, I decided to use some left over coffee buttercream and chocolate ganache that I had stashed in the freezer.
Because really…you never know when you might need some 🙂
They tasted great and Mike took the mini Macarons to work and they seemed to be a hit. The macaron gauntlet was thrown, accepted, and finished 🙂 Thanks for the challenge Clara.