Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's Been "A Hard Day's Night" Black and White Macarons

 

The theme this month for the Mac Attack Challenge is "A Summer Flick." 
Included in Deeba's introduction to the theme she mentioned:
 "Or remember the good old days of school holidays when all the kids would pile into the station wagon and dad would drive the gang to a drive-in movie? A classic! Ah, movies are so much a part of summer holidays!"
After reading those words,  the image of my dad with the four of us(I'm the baby:)) piled into our Comet station wagon, headed to see "A Hard Day's Night" at the Drive-In flashed into my mind! It's such a fun memory!   The movie actually made its debut on August 11,  1964 (YIKES!).  I was so excited to see it!  My sisters and brother and I talked about it for weeks afterward, along with speaking our favorite lines from the movie in our best British accents:)  One line that we particularly liked had to do with Paul's grandfather...that's why I made sure his image(though blurry) was visible in the photo above, near the bottom.  The movie was in black and white,  so of course I had to make my macarons black and white.  
 These macs actually look more like whoopie pies or homemade "oreos," because although there is some tiny "feet," once again they are flat! Sigh...I used a different recipe this time which I found in the L.A. Times.  It's based on a recipe from "Macaron" by Pierre Herme.  I tried to follow it meticulously, but somehow skipped letting the meringue rest 5 minutes at one point...arrrgggh! I had made another (supposedly foolproof) recipe last night, but it ended up terribly. This batch looked more presentable than last night's, thankfully.
 
I added black food coloring and used a cream cheese frosting for the filling in keeping with the black and white theme in line with the movie. 
I did have "A Hard Day's Night" getting these  done, but hopefully next month(third time's a charm!) my macarons will be more rounded and puffed up, and still have feet too.  I've already thought of improvements to be made.  I will  be reading all I can find on achieving success with these temperamental little edible art pieces!  I will be so happy when that day comes! Someday...

 Thank you Deeba and Jamie for a fun challenge this month!

21 comments:

  1. They look great Sue! Love the Beatles. Love macs too.

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  2. I think you may be being a bit too hard on yourself. They look great to me, perfectly respectable little feet :) Love the black and white theme too, veyr dressy.

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  3. Wow...your macs look delicious! Love the Fab Four theme!
    http://www.inspired2cook.com/

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  4. I love your black and white beatles theme. And your macs look so cute. Those feet are elusive and I think you have done well. Have you tried the Ottolenghi adaptation of Deeba's blog? I've tried many recipes and I get the best feet with that one. (I'm only speaking of the French technique, I've never tried the Italian meringue where you make sugar syrup). I'm going to try that method next go-round.

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  5. What a fun theme. How can you go wrong with that great music goin' on? Mac's are strange little things, you just never know what's going to set them off. I love you colors.

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  6. I love the story of you all piling into the car to see the movie and how excited you were afterwards and how you immediately thought of it when the challenge was named.

    Your macs do have a lovely glossy sheen.

    Have you tried any recipes with gram measurements which is a bit more accurate than the LA Times version. I make the pierre herme ones and I have trouble beating them down so they are not so high.

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  7. Ohh...the memories! Kids in the back of the station wagon with blankets and popcorn.

    I think your black and whites look lovely (feet can be sooo overrated...LOL)

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  8. Linda V, I'll have to try that. Weighing is probably more accurate. Thanks for the tip, and your comments!

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  9. What a clever way to carry through the theme! I always think that black and white looks so elegant together :D

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  10. so cute, we love the beatles and the black and white...adds even more charm

    sweetlife

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  11. They look delicious.I'd love to try and make some macarons they keep calling me...and there isn't a place near by to get any...sigh...someday-I'll have to try them :)

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  12. I know what it is to be a perfectionist when baking but I think those are wonderful. I'm drooling all over my laptop...ewww, slimy fingers :) Have fun tweaking your recipe.

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  13. Oh my gosh that looks delish. You have got some mad baking skills there girl!!

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  15. Oh look at your pretty feet. I would dance all night with feet like that. Those are pretty macs Sue, and I love the connect to the theme. Thank you for joining us at MacTweets!

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  16. Hmm.. cream cheese frosting... just love it... Well, you have done something inspiring for me, I have never really baked anything out of a black and white movie. So interesting!

    And a black color for macaron is in itself a challenge.. and you have surpassed that too.

    Just a thought, how about adding a bit of ground black sesame seeds, and turn them into black sesame macarons?... I am sure they will be just as delicious going with your cheese cream frosting..

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  17. What an awesome idea :) I love how you took the idea and ran with it! Now if only I could get a few of the macs.... ;)

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  18. So nice to re-live memories of the drive-in. I don't know why I haven't been to one in years. Your macs are a delicious reminder.

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  19. I think these look awesome! I want to bite into one!!!
    And your photos are really really adorable! I really should work on my photography skills ...

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  20. Sue, I would like to have one of those right about now...I have had problems with meringues so I have not tried mac! I did a whole post on my failures...each one was different! What fun you had with the "Hard Days Night" theme. Joni

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