Friday, October 8, 2010

Macaron Making with MisoHungry

Jennie at MisoHungry and I got together last weekend to team up on a little macaron making. As I had hoped, Jennie helped push me out of my comfort zone of flavors and we wound up making some really intriguing combinations.

When I arrived at her house, she was ready to go with enough provisions to make a mountain of macarons and she had a cornucopia of flavors and liqueurs available for our use. I felt like a kid in a candy store, only an adult candy store since Jennie was serving alcoholic beverages. We each picked out three flavors and set to work. Jennie uses Tartelette’s recipe, which I hadn’t tried before, but I’m always glad to add another good macaron recipe to my repertoire. It’s a keeper!

Here’s the line up of flavors we made:

            Jennie
  • toasted coconut macs with nutella filling
  • mint macs with nutellla filling
  • mango macs with a St. Germain liqueur buttercream
               Me
  • orange flower water macs (didn’t bother filling since the shells were such a bust)
  • rose flower water macs with a macadamia liqueur buttercream
  • banana macs with nutella filling
(If you’re noticing a pattern here- yep, we like nutella!)

I got a little heavy handed with the orange flower water and most of that batch had to be thrown out since they flattened into puddles that baked up to a brick-like consistency. I’m glad I tried banana and rose flower water macaron flavors but I wasn’t bowled over by the results of my first attempt. Guess I’ll just have to give it another go. 

Jennie’s flavor picks turned out lovely. In all, I thought that her toasted coconut and nutella macs were the best of the day and her mint and nutella ones were a close runner up. When we were packing up cookies to distribute, I made sure my box had mostly Jennie's macarons. I’ve been snacking on her cookies all week long and will be very sorry to eat the last of them!

4 comments:

  1. Great mix of flavor and great-looking macs! Banana nutella sounds amazing.

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  2. The banana macs weren't bad- but then Nutella makes anything taste great!

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  3. I need to have you and Jennie over to walk me through macarons. I love buying them from gourmet shops, but making them still intimidates me.

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  4. @Anna I'm wondering if we've passed each other at Austin Food Blogger events. I'll be on the lookout for you at the next event so hopefully we can formally meet.

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