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 the
youngest) 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
… 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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