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!!


Angry Asian 28 October 2009 at 1:21 am  

ok, absolutely hilarious that you mentioned the pronunciation of this devil treat.
yours came out beautifully. i'm still not sold on the whole thing, even tho the link you provided is great... you took a 5 year break, i might too! :)

good luck on your exams.

maybelle's mom 28 October 2009 at 1:26 am  

I had a feeling that all the DB gang was practicing the pronunciation all month. great job to you too, particularly on the second one.

Lauren 28 October 2009 at 4:00 am  

Bumpy & weird or not, all of them look fantastic! Love the shout-outs as well! On my way to check 'em all out =D.

Rose 28 October 2009 at 4:08 am  

Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!! They look beautiful. I kept having to correct people on the macarOn thing!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 28 October 2009 at 6:28 am  

Your macarons look so pretty! Very well done here!



Jenni 29 October 2009 at 9:14 am  

Great job on your macarons! They look (and sound) fantastic!