Monday, September 20, 2010

S'mores Macarons

Well, I was hoping that "third time's a charm" would hold true for my third Mac Attack challenge.  Unfortunately,  these look more like mini whoopie pies. No height. No feet. Again.
I almost didn't post these, but then reconsidered. It may take many more failures (hopefully not), but I am determined to get it right. Next month I am going to take the advice of fabulous Mac Attack macaron makers...Bonnie suggested that I use the Ottolenghi adaptation recipe(same one Barbara uses too), and Linda suggested that I use gram measurements for more accuracy. Their macarons are beautiful!!!
The Mac Attack challenge presented for this month was to bake up a macaron that conjures up a  "childhood summer memory." During my childhood most of our family summertime vacations revolved around camping. We didn't have to leave our state to find some of the most beautiful campgrounds.  We pitched our tent in Yosemite, Sequoia, Lake Tahoe.  In later years we'd pack up our trailer and head to the beach, Doheny or Carlsbad.  Whether in the mountains or at the beach we always had s'mores around the campfire:)  So, naturally I thought of making a s'mores version of macarons. 
I "googled" and found these. Don't they look great?  I used the recipe for the cookie, but not the filling.  The cookie is graham cracker based:)  It smelled wonderful when they were baking, reminiscent of when I made homemade graham crackers:)  It's a heavenly aroma!
I decided to stick with (mini) marshmallows (roasted on the stove top) and hershey bars for the filling to stay as close to the original as possible. 
Thank you, Deeba and Jamie for the challenge! I look forward to seeing what next month's challenge is and changing up my macaron method for better results! Wish me luck! :)


32 comments:

  1. They sound really yummy, so these macarons don't have almond just the graham cracker instead, wow never heard of that. Thanks for sharing something completely different.

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  2. A great way to express the past childhood's sweet memory...

    If I can get the macaron right, so can you, Sue! Do it again when you are fully relaxed and have plenty of time to spare...

    Sawadee from Bangkok,
    Kris

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  3. Totally different, I never came across macaroon made of graham cracker.They look so good coupled with great filling. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment...

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  4. Such a fun idea for a mac. I'm sure it was scrumptious! I've never had a s'more at the beach. I've been missing out. Thanks for the link love! I too weigh my ingredients in grams. It's amazing how much difference there is in weight from one egg to another.

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  5. I would never know that you have had such a hard time with these little treasures....they look adorable and very yummy!

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  7. Sue, they look great. California does have great places to camp. I have never tried to make macs. I usually can make merigues, but one day I tried them and had such failure---I documented them on my blog...too funny. I posted about the great giveaway items I received from you. Also made the animal cracker cookies. Yum! It was a fun activity to do with my daughter. Joni

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  8. What could be better than s'mores on a beach? I think we have done that a few times, but the beach at Bear Lake isn't the same as the beach you're talking about. The flavor's must have been wonderful. I've made mac's that have looked wonderful but the taste has been wanting- given the two choices I'd always choose flavor over feet.

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  9. Sue, This was a valiant attempt. I've never totally subbed out the nut meal for anything before. I bet that they tasted great. Thanks for mentioning me in your post. I am not an authority on macs, but they sure are a fun challenge, aren't they? You'll get them right.

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  10. I love these! I have only tried macarons once. Near total failure. I need to face my phobia and try them again. Bravo to you!

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  11. Mmmmm macarons! I love the addition of s'mores flavors!

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  12. I bet they tasted wonderful!!! Keep trying, i am sure you will get it down. And in the meantime, you can eat your mistakes. That's the great thing about baking!!

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  13. Oh yummy, no matter what they look like I want one or two. Delicious flavors! And lucky you to camp in such fantastic places! I only got s'mores at Girl Scout Camp which I hated! Yes, keep trying, follow some of our links on the Mactweets sidebar to get other recipes and get tips and advice for perfect macs and, yes, keep trying, keep baking and you'll get them very soon! Thrilled to have you in the MacKitchen with us!

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  14. Hehe what a gorgeous idea Sue! I love cross breeding desserts too! :P

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  15. Oh my goodness ... I love smores! These look awesome!

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  16. They look fnatastic Sue, feet or no feet. And what a great flavour idea. I love camping, and toasty marshmallows on the fire :) Good luck for the next round, and I do think precise (grams) measuring might be the key. I find the weight of egwhites especially variable.

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  17. Cute looking Macs feet or no feet who cares...I wasn't very lucky this time..but last time they were perfect!Keep trying

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  18. Now that's my idea of a macaron!

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  19. I have never made a macaron but after reading so many macaron posts, I have such depth of feeling for feet failure. The s'mores concept is a great one!

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  20. Sue, I am so excited anticipating what you will come up with for the DB challenge this month. Afterall, this is your area of expertise.... :-)

    Sawadee from bangkok,
    Kris

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  21. mmm, I can smell them through the computer! They look delicious! Thanks for your nice comments1

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  22. I am sure these tasted great even without feet!

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  23. What a fun idea Sue, they sounds yummy!

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  24. I think your macarons looks great! I'm so glad you posted them. This is definitely one to try!

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  25. Wonderful job on the Macs. I got on a scone kick for a while. This was truly one of those hit or miss baking items for me. One batch would be great, the next you could throw out the back door and even the dog wouldn't eat them :)

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  26. Mac bakers of the world unite! Love your whoop-macs Sue. What great flavours and a truly endearing connect to your memories. I battling the 'missing feet syndrome' too, and am sure we'll get the better of these fiddly creatures again one day! Thanks for joining us at MacTweets! Lovely to have you there!!

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  27. Feet or no feet, these macs look delicious. What a fun idea to use graham crackers. The flavour combination sounds wonderful!

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  28. Wow! I would never have thought to use graham cracker crumbs in macarons! brave and creative! Thanks for visiting magpiesrecipes. Oh and the TJ almond meal is quite coarse so next time I'm going to pulse and sift to make it finer.
    Your munchkins are so cute :)

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  29. hmm i didn't think a smore could get any better but a mac smore?! yum! I've been following Bonnie's advice also and it has really helped!

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  30. I made a s'more macaron! http://fahrenheit350.blogspot.com/2010/08/stand-by-me.html
    Good luck on your next attempt!

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