Hi everyone and welcome to new followers, thanks for joining me on this journey!
A few days back I was browsing one of my favourite blogs and came across a French Macaroon recipe and thought I would try it out! I'm always eager to try something I've never attempted before, and I'd been checking out this recipe post for months!
The recipe called for colouring PASTE, but I only had liquid food colouring, which I thought wouldn't make that much of a difference, especially since I was only using the stem of a teaspoon to dip in and give the egg whites a slight colour...and maybe they flopped because I opened the oven to check on them??? What was I thinking?
As you can see the liquid food colouring which was RED, didn't make any difference to the egg white, and perhaps me opening the oven to check also didn't help...I think it was the food colouring that did it though....
Undeterred and forever optimistic, I went to another of my foodie blog favourites - Ruth Clemens from The Pink Whisk, who was the runner up in the first Great British Bake Off!
She gives a step by detailed step of how to achieve the perfect French Macaroon! here I rushed off to buy proper colouring paste in pale pink and pale green and egg whites in a carton, found at Waitrose! Who would have guessed?? (No wonder children don't know where eggs come from!)
The egg white mixture with the colouring paste....whoops a bit too much colour!
macaroons on bake o'glide
Well, I followed the recipe word for word and they are not quite perfect, slightly too large for my liking, and I can see that the mixture needed to be smoother before putting into the piping bag. And they cracked and were slightly damp inside, so perhaps a bit more baking required, but much better than the first try.
Clearly French Macaroons are an art and
need lots of love, patience and practice to turn out the perfect macaroon!
I'm about to make my third batch, hopefully these will turn out better ...I will not give up!
Have a wonderful weekend!