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.
( 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! :)