Sunday, July 18, 2010

MacTweets Meltdown

For months I have kept an eye on the theme-inspired macarons that have been featured on the blog, MacTweets. They have been fun and fabulous, and I have just loved admiring them! I finally decided to join in! I missed the round-up(the 15th of each month), because I am a PROCRASTINATOR, and didn't plan accordingly(leaving time to let my egg whites "age") so finished my macs the night of the 16th, but decided to at least post my sorry attempt on my own blog.

The theme for the month was music. Each participant was to make a macaron inspired by a song. Initially "Rainbow Connection"(Kenny Loggins version) popped into my mind, but then I realized I would have to make a lot of different colors, and since I am a newbie at macarons(making an unimpressive first attempt for the Daring Bakers last fall) I decided to stick with a single color. I chose the song "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison because I have brown eyes(of course), and in my family only my younger daughter and I have brown eyes:) Honestly though I have loved this song since its inception (due to the title and the happy melody) and it has even lured me to the dance floor(not an easy task)at wedding receptions! (I was a bit disappointed when I looked at the MacTweets round-up and noticed that someone else picked the same song. What are the odds?)

Anyhow, as you can see my macarons are not the classically beautiful, puffy, rounded macarons:( If you want to see some, you will need to check out the MacTweets blog! I actually did refer to Tartlette's(The Queen of macarons) blog which includes an article/recipe/tips/tutorial on macarons(I used her recipe for French macarons, and added cocoa).
These little gems are so temperamental and finicky! I need to practice, practice, practice!!!

At least I did produce some teeny, tiny "feet" on my twin macarons!

My TWO macarons above are the only slightly passable cookies that I could muster from the entire batch! They were baked on parchment and the others I baked on silicone, which were wiped out when I attempted to get them off with a spatula. Those all ended up in the sink(many still stuck to the silicone) out of frustration.

I did have success with the filling though:) One of my sons-in-law uses this filling for crepes, and I just added cocoa.

CREAM FILLING:
( Adapted from "Teens Cook"(p.18) by Megan and Jill Carle)

4 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Beat cream cheese until creamy, and then add cream and whip until peaks form. Add powdered sugar until incorporated, and then the cocoa. Mmmmm:)

Of course, I had a lot left over so formed them into dollops and put them into the freezer for later use...adding to hot chocolate, etc...I never thought of freezing leftover whipped cream, until Tiffiny suggested it on her blog: The Bake-Off Flunkie.

BTW, The two recipients(my son and husband) of the surviving macarons thought they were fabulous! :)

Thanks Deeba and Jamie! See you all next month!

Update: Deeba added me to the Round-up despite my tardiness! Thanks, Deeba! :)

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining us Sue...and am so glad you decided to attempt these fiddly creatures. Have to say you did well! Van Morrison is one of my fave singers too, and I love your inspiration! I'm adding you to the round-up.

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  2. I think they look great! I made macarons once, that was enough for me LOL! I admire you for going for it :) The filling sounds fabulous, sorry you had a rough time!

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  3. So glad you joined us for Mac Tweets. It looks like a great first try. I see she added you to the roundup. I'm going to have to try that filling. It sounds fabulous.

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  4. Sue, Your macs have great feet!!! Don't give up; they are great fun. I bet that filling tasted marvelous. My first batch was slightly lop-sided, but half the fun is in the challenge. Glad you have joined us.

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  5. Your macs look great! And feet are the hardest thing to achieve so I think you should be very proud of them :)

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  6. DO you know that I have never had a macaron? I wish I could reach through the screen and give one a try!

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  7. I think your macs look fantastic, Sue. The little feet are perfect. If it was easy it would be nearly as much fun...at least that's what I tell myself. Your are doing great. My first 3 or 4 batches didn't even resemble macarons. Hope to see you at next month's challenge.

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  8. Beautiful feet! I love the cream cheese filling too, I will have to give that recipe a try. Great minds think alike :) I love that we both chose Brown Eyed Girl! Welcome aboard the Mactweet Train :)

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  9. They are so temperamental aren't they, but the couple you have pictured look lovely and the filling looks so creamy.

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  10. I have yet to try macarons. Yours look gorgeous and as I always say when commenting on macarons...nice feet!

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  11. They look great, Sue!!! I love the yummy looking filling, I bet they tasted great. I heard that macarons are tough, so kudos to you for joining in the challenge!

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  12. Love your Macaroons...Who cares if you could rescue only two...they look gorgeous!

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  13. Yay, welcome to mactweets. These two look fantastic. I'm sure there'll be a whole lot more to come :) The cream cheese filling sounds delicious.

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  14. I think your macarons look delicious! I love the chocolate filling.

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  15. PLEASE, PLEASE don't be so hard on yourself!! I've been admiring these from VERY afar because I am terrified of trying them myself!! I ate a whole box of Trader Joe's macarons and vowed that I would try to make them myself. But I just don't think I can.

    Your macarons are Lovely! And I love your song choice too!

    Bravo, you!

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  16. You are brilliant! And talented. And funny. :)

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  17. Your mac's look wonderful, and the feet are so ruffly and perfect. My first several attempts were true failures . . . these are anything but in that catagory. Your filling does look delightful and what a great idea for the leftovers :)

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  18. The look great, I have yet to attempt them, but they are on my "list"
    I love the feet!

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  19. Sue..I just saw these in the last MacTweets roundup(which I wasn't able to take part in due to too much on my plate) and wow, wow,, wow! They look so rich and delicious, perfect shells, and most importantly, I love that you used a lot of filling! I tend to do that myself - they deserve it!! No skinny macs for me! :)

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  20. Absolutely tempting! You have a beautiful blog!

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  21. Beautiful feet!Sue I found that if you stick the macs, silpat/parchment paper and all into the freezer for a couple of mins then you can peel off the paper quite easily and the mac bellies don't stick so much.All the best :)

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