Macarons, finally

May 11, 2013

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For a few months, the idea of baking macarons had been dancing in my mind. I guess the pressure from school and and disappointments in life made me want to redeem myself by being able to bake this difficult french cookie. 

I know, it's silly. 

It's almost as if I could prove myself worthy if the macarons were successful, so you can imagine how I cried in front of the oven when my first batch of macarons came out all cracked and angry. The second batch was less of a failure, but equally disappointing. 

However, this time, I finally succeeded! I was literally hopping with joy and making so much noise that my dad came into the kitchen to see what was the fuss all about. I never thought I'd be so happy to see those "feet" on my macaron shells (that were not cracked, finally!). The little baker in me was bursting with pride  

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My first batch of successful macarons

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Macarons with raspberry fillings

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Leaning tower of macarons

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I followed this recipe. However, I didn't add mint flavoring and used red coloring instead of green. Also, I did both the macaronage process and piping in an air conditioned room. 

Anyway, below are the pictures of my first batch of macarons that failed tragically...

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Look at how sad they are

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You can tell from the picture above how frustrated I was with how the macaron shells were scattered all over the place and how I scrunched up the parchment paper in the background. hahaha.

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Super sad macarons, I was half laughing and crying when I took this picture hahahaha. I didn't bother to take a picture of my second attempt at making macarons because they failed too.

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Finally, proper macaron shells! At first, they weren't baked enough, and so they stuck to the bottom of the parchment paper. But the fourth tray onwards, I got the correct temperature and timing, and they came out perfectly.

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Finally a decent macaron shell

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To be honest, other than doing the macaronage process in an air con room and letting the piped macarons sit for a longer time before going into the oven, I don't know how else I succeeded. My last tray of macarons even came out cracked when the others were fine.

Every thing is still pretty much trial and error, and so my fingers are crossed that my next attempt at macarons would be equally successful! Regardless, I can finally strike one item off my bucket list!

Bake macarons

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