Daring Bakers: Macarons

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on October 27, 2009

So, you may have noticed that over the past month, the amount of macaron posts across the blogosphere has dropped. Considerably. That can only mean one thing – We’re doing them, and ambushing you with a gazillion Daring macaroon posts. 0 to a billion in a matter of hours. Okay, so maybe not a billion, but there are quite a few of us. Its so cool to me, even after more than a year of challenges!

Anyways, enough about us (btw – you can join here =D), You want to know about the challenge. Or at least I want to share. It wasn’t what I expected. I’d never had macarons before, and am still not sure if I have, but guess what? They’re naturally gluten free. A substitution free challenge (or month of challenges), how awesome is that? Don’t get me wrong, I love converting recipes, but sometimes its just nice to not have to think about that side of things.

Macaroons, either in their coconut incarnation, or the almond & egg one we did, are sweet. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think that they’re too sweet. Yup. I’m one of (if not theyoungest) members, and I found them too sweet. I’m not claiming that I made them correctly, but I think that they came out okay =D. Maybe one day I’ll get to try one of hers or his… We’ll see.
The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.
Now, You’re not fooling anyone, the real reason you’re here is to see my results ;D. Here they are in all their interesting glory…
Egg Whites. Bring ’em up to room temp. This is a how-fast-can-the-air-work task. You just gotta wait. I used one real egg white & one boxed one.
I love whipping up egg whites & whipped cream, its so cool to see them double, triple, quadruple in size. *No whipped cream is in this*
Then you add the other ingredients & pipe ’em out.
Blue – Wildberry Tea (& colour). White – Cinnamon.
The pre-bake. Some are now mutants!
Yahoo! I got feet! (the little bubbles peaking out on the bottom)
Some of the blue ones are pretty too!
Then there’s the mutants. I kinda love them =D.
Yeah. And then I tried to take them off. Oh well. They didn’t taste too bad – mmm.
Sugar overload, but fairly good. Its only after a couple that the over-sweetness sets in.
And yes. I didn’t fill them. Whoops. Kinda forgot.
So, that sums up this month’s challenge. Fairly simple, easy to screw up & ends in a sugar high. What more could you want from a Daring challenge? I loved it =D.
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