Monday, October 25, 2010

Pinktober-Mactweets Macattack

Well, I am going to sound like a broken record...Mac failure again. I really did try, but I am obviously doing something wrong.  I took the advice of Bonnie (and others) and used the Ottolenghi method.  I also followed the mini tutorial on Bonnie's blog.  BTW, my mac failure had nothing to do with their instruction!  They obviously know how to do it right! :) Thanks, Cristie and Bonnie!  I could tell that my macs weren't going to be quite right even as  I put them in the oven, because they were so flat.  After about ten minutes I was very excited when I peered through the oven window and saw FEET! My excitement was short-lived.  I tried to give them ample time to bake, but they just wouldn't firm up!  Consequently, they kind of "fell" in the middle.  I also realized that in my excitement to put them in the oven I forgot to remove the macaron(paper) template-Oops! I let them cool completely, but they would NOT come off of the parchment, no matter which method I tried.  Long story short..no macs this month.
A few of these look passable, but some are sinking in the middle..just like my spirits did.
My pale pink macs refused to come off of the parchment paper! Kind of frustrating, and a bit disheartening:( There's always next month, right? :)

Anyway, enough whining!  Let's get to the real reason for this month's challenge being coined Pinktober.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and pink is the color,  particularly pink ribbons. The pink ribbon is a reminder to women everywhere that early detection is a key to survival where breast cancer is concerned.

Breast cancer has touched my family many times.  When I was a child, my aunt(my mom's sister) died of breast cancer in her thirties. My mother also had breast cancer when I was about eight years old (she was about 38), but thankfully survived.  Then, years later, my aunt ( another of mom's  sisters) also succumbed to breast cancer in her early seventies.
I'm so grateful that my mother survived breast cancer and was able to help her four children grow up and be there to meet each of her grandchildren. My children don't really remember her because they were all very young when she passed away at the age of 59 from ovarian cancer. Their grandma sure loved them!
XOXO, Sue

Visit the MacTweet blog to see some successful macarons! Thanks Deeba and Jamie for hosting!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, Sue, the story of the women in your family is heartbreaking and shows how badly we need a cure for these terrible diseases! Failed macs or not, I'm glad you posted with us for Pink October and helped spread the awareness.

    As for your macs. I had a few straight mac failures just like this and never understood why. Too much folding? Not enough. I do think part of my problem was not letting them sit long enough to form the skin but again that may be because they were too damp? I'll never know. But keep baking with us! We love having you in our kitchen!

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  2. Sue, I have never even attempted French macron in my life but love eating them! Here is a post you may enjoy.

    http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2010/04/macarons-101-french-meringue.html

    Thanks for sharing your family's story!

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  3. Thanks for sharing your family story. I have had way more macaron failures than successes. I find the fun in not giving up. btw, the color of your macs - so pretty!

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  4. Hi, thank you for sharing this story. Macarons are so dificult to make, at least for me. I have taken classes and a few months later they are starting to look better. Keep practicing.

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  5. I think there is a reason so many of us are afraid to try macarons...they are hard!!!

    Your pink ribbon cookies on the other hand, are perfect. I am so sorry cancer has taken so many of your loved ones.

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  6. I dont care about the tiny, TINY little sinkage... these are WONDERFUL!! I bet they taste fantastic!

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  7. Sue, Wish you were here to bake macs with us. Don't give up. They're worth it and oh so fun once you "get it". They can be finicky.

    The color is lovely. They remind me of my daughters pink leotards.

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  8. I love how you showed the failure! We all need to see that once in a while. I wish I had pictures of my first cake I made when I was in my teens, I can still picture it and I bet it was worse in real life. Love the cookie.

    What a terrible thing breast cancer is, I had two aunts that had it. I pray that someday they will find a cure.

    If you try the witch cupcakes, use the recipe I gave for the fondant, don't use commercial. It tastes awful and is so hard to color. Add the color with the water and make the half batches I talk about and the fondant is the easy part. The kids would love helping. We got creative and did the monster eyes and other alien creatures and snakes.Have fun.

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  9. I'm so sorry you have had so many family members who have had to fight this horrible disease. I usually forget to remove the macaron template too. lol Yours are a pretty pink. I know the feeling of seeing feet only to be disappointed with the results. Hang in there - you'll get it. Measuring the ingredients with a scale really helped improve mine.

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  10. I applaud you for attempting to make macarons. I've never tried yet. I'm sure that if you try again, it'll be a success.

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  11. I'm scared of the macs. As much as I love Jamie, I run in fear of them.

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  12. Sorry they didn't work out, but I'm impressed that you keep making them every month. And thanks for sharing your breast caner stories. So heartbreaking.

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  13. just want to say well done for attempting the macs in the name of Pinktober! Breast cancer has wreaked havoc in my family too, and this is all the more a very worthy cause.

    Keep going on the macs, do send me your recipe if you wish and I might be able to help you troubleshoot them =)

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  14. We've had as many maca-wrongs as maca-rights! Thanks for sharing your macaron/pinkaron experience. So far, the Italian meringue method works better for us in our kitchen more than the French one. Good luck with your continued macaron-making attempts. And many prayers for your family and all who have been affected by breast cancer.

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  15. Sue,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story about the all the strong women in your life. <3

    As for your macarons...don't be so hard on yourself! Their feet look lovely, and I'm sure they were delicious :)

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  16. I'm so sorry to hear about the cancer in your family. I know how you feel. I have lost a lot of loved ones to this horrible disease. I pray for a cure every night.

    I love the color of the macs. I'm sorry they didn't come off the paper :(

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  17. I think this is the best pink post Sue, feet or no feet. I'm sorry you didn't find feet again, and I'm still very underconfident like you. Your pink reminder touched my heart, and your story is moving. One day maybe, they will find a cure. Until then, we can do our little bit and share some 'pink'! HUGS!!

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  18. Cancer is such a real thing in all of our lives, isn't it? Thank you for sharing family stories of all the women who have been touched by this disease. No worries about your feet, there are so many more important things in the world :) Thanks for your email to me, all is well.

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