Mad about Macarons!

I have a confession to make. On the same night that I concocted my Mississppi Mud Pie last week, my housemate also made some delicious macarons. And I ate several. Needless to say these tasty French treats have disappeared now, and needless to say any house that knowingly make a sticky choclatey pie and cream-filled melt-in-the-mouth meringues to consume on the same night, have got problems.

Anyway, it takes a special kind of dessert to compete with a mud pie, but compete these macarons certainly did.

My housemate used her new Mad about Macarons! book by Jill Colonna which promises to have you making macarons like the French, and that actually this is easier than you’d think. To start with, she tackled one of the ‘Plain but fancy’ recipes in the book, the rose macarons. They really weren’t too hard but did require very careful measurements, an electric whisk and a piping bag.

They came out well, if a little more orange than we’d hoped. We think maybe they were in the oven a bit longer than the 10-12 minutes recommended. They were still delicious though- optimum caramel chewiness on the outside, and chewy and soft where the macaron met the rose cream.

Besides we’ve plenty of opportunities to get the recipe just right. The book includes recipes for beetroot and chocolate, thai green cuury, Bloody Mary, and white chocolate, pistachio and wasabi macarons to name but a few. And there’s no way we’re not testing out the tikka masala ones…

3 Responses to “Mad about Macarons!”
  1. Jill says:

    Hi Jenny,
    These macarons look super – especially for a first time around! Yes, sounds like you had them in the oven a dash too long. Remember that you may need to check your oven is doing what it says it is (check with an oven thermometer) and adjust accordingly if necessary. Don’t be afraid to add a touch more pink colouring, too.

    Great site! Thanks for mentioning the book 🙂
    Cheers to all the macaron fun ahead!
    Jill x

  2. boogie. says:

    i am OBSESSED with macarons! if they weren’t so difficult (& frustrating) to make, i’d say that they’re my favorite! i’ve heard a lot of good things about the Mad about Macarons book. i’m gonna search online right now to see if there are any available recipes.

  3. Frankie says:

    I have made these! The book is excellent, but they did turn out quite orange! I think really quite a large amount of food colouring has to be used and that is probably better to use a darker pink, which will fade in the oven.

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