Daring Bakers - Challenge SIXTEEN!

The October 2009 challenge is ... Macarons!

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.

Firstly, a quick, super important note for all my non-baking readers.


[...and a big frack you to MasterChef for calling them "macaroons".]

I knew inevitably one host of the monthly challenge was going to pick macarons; I'm really glad I am member when it happened! I've had really bad experiences with macarons in the past. My first time traumatised me so much I didn't try again for about 5 months.

The secret's all the precision of measuring ingredients, and the technique! Oh, the technique. So much pain. Anyway, in my experience, Duncan (from Syrup & Tang) has the best ingredient ratios for macarons, not to mention an awesome guide for macaron virgins like me.

Well, I am currently super busy (I'm in my exam period. FML.) and I've only made one batch, a little boring. I have so many ideas I want to try out, and I'll update this post periodically.

Bit bumpy and weird, but nice feet. Tasted good too.

This is one I made a while back. Much better I think....

Stay tuned folks for more macaron fun!!


My life now has meaning:

Teach English

So, I went to some guy's apartment I don't even know to teach him English so he can get a visa. Too random. At least they were nice. He gave me tea but I didn't finish it. I hope that's not an ultimate faux-pas in Egyptian culture.

Does anyone have any tips on how to teach a standard English accent?

Me Stressed.

Yes, you too.