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They Have Feet!!!

Sunday, 15 February 2009

This was my second attempt in making macarons and they have feet! My first attempt was a total failure. I think I screwed up macaronage and ended up with flat biscuit-like macarons. The batter spread out as soon as I piped it out and stayed flat after baking. I also added chopped nuts into the batter and that might also contributed to my failed macarons.

I don't particularly like macarons because they are too sweet for my liking, but I like the challenge of making perfect macarons. So, I decided to try again and make it as a valentine's day treat. I printed out Helen's (from Tartelette) article with step-by-step recipe on the second issue of Desserts Magazine, read it may times and followed her tips.

For the shells:
  • 100 g Egg Whites (about 3 eggs) - left in fridge for 48 hrs
  • 40 g Granulated Sugar
  • 200 g Powdered Sugar
  • 110 g Whole Blanched Almonds - processed in food processor

Detailed instructions can be found here.

I did not pipe out the batter using a pastry tipas I don't have a big enough pastry nozzle. I filled a zip lock bag, snipped off the corner and squeezed the batter through the hole. They were uneven and ugly because of my crappy piping skills. I sprinkled some toasted almond flakes on some of the rounds.


I sprinkled some green tea powder on these.


I left them out for an hour to harden their shells a bit and baked them at 150°C for about 10 mins.

And look! They have feet !! I was jumping around with joy, showing off to the wild boar and Jade.


But... the feet were too thin and the macarons were hollow! ARghhh....another failure.


This was not the only failure. The green tea filling I made was runny but it was DELICIOUS! I was so tempted to drink the whole bowl of it. We ended up using the macaron shells as a little bowls, filling them with the creamy green tea sauce. They were really yummy, just don't think of them as macarons. The wild boar named them Nutty Clam Shells with Green Tea Filling.


For white chocolate and green tea filling:
  • 3/4 cup Elmlea Light Double Cream
  • 80g White Chocolate
  • 2 tsp Green Tea Powder

Simply warm up the double cream and whisk in white chocolate and green tea powder.

And these were filled with crunchy peanut butter! Yummilicious!


Overall, they were yummy stuff and I think this was a big improvement. So I guess practice really makes perfect!

Happy Belated Valentine's Day! I hope you all had a great day yesterday. Will be posting about what we did yesterday once I get all my pictures uploaded.

emlea cream

51 oink oinks...:

jill elise said...

Congratulations! Isn't it the best feeling when you finally make successful ones? They're beautiful.

noble pig said...

I feel like I'm at a bakery in Paris, they are beautiful!

Christelle said...

These don't appear to me as a failure, your photos are gorgeous, and the macarrons look great and they were gorgeous!! No failure there ! :)

Wild Boar said...

They tasted great to me, but I don't really know what macarons are supposed to be like...

Reeni♥ said...

I think their lovely!! They look scrumptious and the green tea filling sounds really good!!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Oooh bravo bravo! I'm still giving you a standing ovation for these! Lovely flavours too! :)

Bob said...

They look lovely, I'm sorry they didn't turn out how you wanted. I think the green tea sill sounds fantastic, I'm definitely making that to put in something. :)

Cynthia said...

Congrats on your macaroon making ventures.

Tangled Noodle said...

These look perfectly wonderful to me and the white chocolate green tea filling sounds scrumptious!

Hayley said...

Whatever they are, they sure look incredible! Beautiful pictures, as always, and I can't wait to see your Valentine's dinner.

Dee said...

Congratulations! Is it wrong that I'm jealous? My first (and last attempt) was a disaster so I went out and bought some. Now I'm itching to try again :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

This is lovely and congrats on your success of making this!

Gattina said...

still look super-delicous!

Big Boys Oven said...

they just look lovely! well done!

bittersweetblog said...

Despite your "failures", the macarons still look mighty impressive! Certainly better than I've managed to create so far.

pigpigscorner said...

jill elise: Thank you! Although they were not successful but I was really happy when I saw the feet!

noble pig: Thanks! I still need more practice!

Christelle: Thank you =) It is an improvement but they are not perfect. Still need more practice there!

Reeni: Thanks, the green tea filling was delicious!

Lorraine: Thank you! Your macarons turned out great as well!

Bob: Will try to perfect it in the near future! The green tea filling is worth a try!

Cynthia: Thank you =) Still a long way to perfection.

Tangled Noodle: Thanks =) the green tea filling was really delicious! I just eat it like that with a spoon!

Hayley:Thank you =) Unfortunately, I didn't cook on valentine's day =(

Dee: first time was a disaster too! Practice makes perfect!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste: Thank you =) Not yet a success! But hopefully soon!

Gattina: Thanks!

BBO: Thank you. I have more to learn!

bittersweetblog: Thanks! I guess we still need more practice!

Jo said...

Great job and your macarons look delicious. My first attempt was a disaster as well as all of it cracked.

Maria said...

Great job with the macarons!! they are hard ones to make!! Looks like you had success!!

Pam said...

Hollow or not they look terrific to me.

Mallory Elise said...

brilliant! I just made some too--don't you love that moment of judgment when you open the oven door for the first time and sing to yourself "to have feet or not to have feet, that is the question" then--hooray! success, FEET! yours are beautiful, and i have made so many failed macarons, but the key is, everytime, what im thinking about while im making them. no matter what. you have to be happy while making them or else they die.

Grace said...

even though you consider them less-than-successful, you've managed to make them look beautiful! keep on trying, would ya? :)

Danielle said...

Well, despite what they were originally supposed to be they look beautiful and the filling sounds divine! It's nice to read others trials and errors in baking so I don't feel like I'm the only one struggling. Thanks for the post!

Jescel said...

hey, practice makes perfect. you're macarons look yummy! and that green tea cream.. wow! :o)

Carolyn Jung said...

I think you did really well with these. They are definitely not the easiest cookies in the world to make. I think you showed a lot of gumption and imagination with them. So kudos to you!

Sam said...

They look great evem if they didn't turn out quite right and the filling sounds delicious.

lisaiscooking said...

They look fantastic, and experimenting is the best part of cooking!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks great! I have yet to try macaroon.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks great! I have yet to experiment with macaroon. Need to buy a slipat first.

pigpigscorner said...

Jo: Thanks! Anything can go wrong when making macarons, you just won't know until you bake them.

Maria: Thanks! Not yet a success but I am working towards that =)

Pam: aww thank you, you are so kind =)

Mallory Elise: I know! I was over the moon when I saw the feet! But something went wrong...I guess happiness is a key ingredient too!

Grace: Tried to hide the flaws..hehe. I'll keep trying until I get perfect ones.

Danielle: Thank you =) I am sure we are not the only ones struggling =P Just have to keep trying!

Jescel: Thank you =) and the green tea cream was delicious!

Carolyn Jung: Thanks! Tried to make them more edible despite the failure =P

Sam: Thank you =)

lisa: Thanks! I will keep trying!

Little Corner of Mine: You've got to try making some! It's very rewarding when you see the feet...haha.

5 Star Foodie said...

The white chocolate and green tea filling sounds really delicious!

Natashya said...

Good for you for trying again! They look great to me! Nice pics.

duodishes said...

We're impressed! They totally look like a great batch. No matter if they're hollow. They look tasty.

Maggie said...

They're beautiful even if they ended up hollow. The peanut butter filling sounds really great too.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I am going to try macarons myself tomorrow wish me luck! (heck they might not have completely turned out the way you wanted them to but they look delicious!

Olga said...

Those look really cute. At first I thought you were talking about American macaroons, and was confused by the photos ;)

Maybe one day I'll attempt them too!

noobcook said...

They still look beautiful & delicious! I think you are going to perfect them soon :)

Vera said...

They do look pretty though. Love how they were plated!

Girl Japan said...

Me too, me too I love them but they are sometimes TOO sweet (I just reduce the sugar amount) And you got feet! I must say it took me a few times to get it right.. seriously! Well they look fabulous and you did a fantastic job!

luckytastebuds said...

I'm soooooooooooo happy that you made macaron's because they are my absolute favorite sweet treat but they're either really hard to find, or they're too expensive for me!! GRRR. I love that you made green tea filling too! Totally up my alley!! THANK YOU!

p.s. Thanks also for giving me tips and correcting my panko chicken! I definitely think my mistake was putting too much panko! hahahah

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, they look fantastic! Perfect!



Katherine Aucoin said...

They look so like and fluffy! You did a fantastic job!

pigpigscorner said...

5 Star Foodie: Yes, it was really delicious! A great sauce to eat with other desserts.

Natashya: Thank you =) will keep trying.

duodishes: Thanks. They were rather tasty, just not what we expected.

Maggie: Love the peanut butter filling! It went really well with the nutty shells.

Christine:Thank you =) and good luck to you!

Olga: I always thought macarons was spelt as macaroons, but found out that they are completely different!

noobcook: Thank you =) will just have to keep trying!

Vera: Thank you =)

Girl Japan: Thanks! Practice makes perfect! I will try again real soon.

luckytastebuds:You should try to make some then! They are challenging and very rewarding once you get it right! No prob!

Rosa: Thank you =)

Katherine Aucoin: Thanks.

Chef E said...

My dad always liked them...I agree too sweet even for this sweet eater, but they sure are pretty!

The Nomadic Gourmet said...

Looks good, and green tea filling! interesting...the photography is really good, especially that last picture :)

pigpigscorner said...

Chef E: I love sweet stuff but I too think it's too sweet. Luckily I have the wild boar to finish this batch =P

The Nomadic Gourmet:Thank you =)

Food For Tots said...

Your maracons look so perfect and irresistable to me! Dun look like any failure to me. ;)

Chelsea said...

The same EXACT thing happened to me last weekend! My macarons looked so beautiful, but were hollow. I'm glad to see that you still made yours into a beautiful "plated" dessert;)

Lore said...

It's all in the taste and I'm sure these tasted GREAT!

pigpigscorner said...

Food For Tots: Perfect if I don't flip the shells over =P

Chelsea: I just had to since they have feet..hehe. Hopefully, we'll get it right te next time!

Lore: Yeap! They tasted really good!

syrie said...

Congrats on such lovely looking macaroons. I've never made them before but they're on my list!

Foodess said...

Wow, you coulda fooled me! I think they're just gorgeous! Green tea white chocolate ganache?! YUM!!! I might have to go bake something just to have an excuse to put that on it!

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