Monday, September 20, 2010

Eton Mess


Macarons - fail! Those elusive pretty feet stood me up. Boo hoo!

My three children adore macarons. The eldest and youngest are especially macaron-crazy and will devour any flavour, but number two only eats chocolate ones. My baby can even recognise macarons while they are baking in the oven! He'll point in excitement and say "kah-ron!" in his baby language, and ask to eat them. :) One day, he will learn that macarons are ALL supposed to have pretty feet.

You see, my macarons always come out in a mixed batch of some good and some bad ... never a perfect tray, which is why I have never blogged about them. Over time, there are more good ones than bad, so hopefully, I'll get to my perfect tray soon!

But my children love them - plain or filled - because the crisp, delicate shells with a slightly chewy centre are just irresistible. Often times, while his two older siblings are at school, my baby gets first dibs and eats fresh macaron shells directly from the tray. :)

Whenever I have strawberries in the fridge, I will use some of my "bad" macarons and assemble them into an Eton Mess, quite like what Deana ate in Oxford.



You can also use meringues for this. Just slather on freshly whipped cream, and top with strawberries and/or blueberries. It makes for a lovely teatime treat, and one which I will not be reminded that my macarons are missing their feet. Ooops! ;)

17 comments:

  1. They look great Ju. If you macerate the strawberries in vanilla sugar and let it sit for a while, it will make for a beautiful dribbling around the Eton Mess thud making it more messily delicious!

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  2. not bad... turn to out to be something beautiful.. :)

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  3. But you have made a nice and successful recipe here with the macarons. You might be suspected that it is intended : ).

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  4. Your failed macarons look pretty good to me lol
    Great idea by turning them into Eton mess :)

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  5. Good on you for salvaging them into something that still looks pretty and is delicious. I wish all my failures turn out this good!

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  6. As a (almost) non-baker, I have no idea what "feet" in the macaron context means. Could you explain? Thanks! :)

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  7. Ju your little macarons look like specialty cookies my dd brought me home from a Paris bakery:) They were called something else..but identical! See now you make both.:)

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  8. Ju those macarons look pretty darned good to me...but then so does your Eton mess which I love just as well!
    L~xo

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  9. Thought your macaroons look perfect to me. I would be very happy if I can get any closer to that. Love the eton mess. I'm waiting to make my next batch of meringues to make this.

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  10. I can imagine your kids sitting round the kitchen table gobbling macarons and Eton Mess....

    and why not - memories are so precious.... and children grow so fast !

    Clever way to incorporate 2 of the 5 a day ! hehe x

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  11. I am not a big fan of macs so I don't bake them much. Eton mess, though, I love!!!

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  12. It looks OK ah!!

    For us, feet or no feet, we just eat :P

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  13. I thought they look good... I still dunno how to see the feet, haha. I'm very sure you'll have a perfect tray soon :)

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  14. I thought the macarons look pretty good to me!

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  15. Ju, You make the prettiest Eton Mess... taming the 'mess' for sure. great idea to use imperfect macaroons... one smart cookie!

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  16. They look lovely to me even though they didn't make the cut. I LOVE recipes to rescue the odds and ends from other ones.

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