I first tried a macaron after being introduced to those made by Duncan. Duncan has a passion for them and makes wonderful macarons. I've attempted to make them using Duncan's recipes and even attended some masterclasses with him. I've had varying success and although I love to eat them, I don't really like to make them as I get so upset when they don't turn out as I want. Below are my various attempts.
Macaron Attempt 1
Macaron Attempt 2
Macaron Attempt 3
Macaron Attempt 4
Macaron Masterclass 2
To try and overcome our fears, a group of us decided to attempt making the macarons teogether, testing different recipes and flavours. So Agnes, I-Hua, Penny, Kat, Cherrie, Liz and I went to the The Cooking Space to cook up a storm.
So here was the fruits of our labour, chocolate and vanilla macarons. Aren't they pretty? Yes? Well, don't let the looks fool you, they tasted foul. They were bitter and rock solid. You could break a teeth eating them. I won't even mention which recipes we used as I don't think we did them justice. It was still an extremely fun day though.
Before we started baking, we also each brought food to share for lunch. Penny made some Beef Empanadas, I-Hua brought Curry Chicken Wings, Agnes brought Lamb Biryani, Liz made Soy Chicken Wings, I made Lamb Cutlets on Vegetables, Kat dished up some Spring Rolls, Cherrie made a nice Pasta and Liz and Agnes made Pineapple Tarts and Egg Tarts. Everything was really delicious, but I especially loved the Lamb Biryani, Soy Chicken Wings, Pineapple Tarts and Egg Tarts.
Below are photos of all the different flavours we tried for the macarons. We tried making Vanilla, Green Tea, Coconut and Rose flavoured shells. Penny even printed out templates so we could get the shells the same size.
Look at the failed macarons. They look so sad. The rose and coconut shells actually tasted good, but looked awful.
Cherrie cleaned up some coconut shells and we sandwiched a pandan buttercream into them. They don't look good, but actually tasted really good.
All in all, it was an extremely fun day and I once again was reminded how hard macarons are to get right. I might just stick to buying them for a while. Thanks to Kat for organising The Cooking Space and to everyone else for a fun day.