Monday, September 20, 2010
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! ;)