Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday afternoon

Tomorrow afternoon I will make green tea & red bean paste macarons using this book, which I received for Hanukkah from Mordecai's parents. Hopefully things will go right!

6 comments:

Phoebe said...

OK, I now officially know what I'm doing with a Kerstmis gift certificate to Amazon. I've heard good things about this book.

kei said...

Where did you hear/read about the book? The visuals are kind of minimalistic, maybe overly so, and the accompanying text is kind of funny, but otherwise I think the recipe is pretty straightforward and there are even 2 whole pages devoted to explaining failed macarons. Anyway, I will update with my results! It went well, more or less!

Phoebe said...

The results look awesome! Where I'd heard about the book... see the first two posts here. What I can't figure out is how you'd get the cookie part to form a circle - it seems like it would require a special baking tin...

kei said...

Thanks for the link! Do you mean, how do you not get oval macarons like I did? The following may or may not make sense depending on how much of the book you've seen or know about macaron-making. You use a pastry bag to drop small quantities of the cookie batter. If you hold the bag straight above the parchment sheets, and if you can control the flow of batter, you can get little dots that spread out to become near-perfect circles. My batter was really thin and drippy so it was hard to hold it perpendicular to the parchment sheet. I thought the consistency of my batter was all wrong and was prepared to see some messed up cookies, but I saw the little pieds! Sorry if all of this wasn't what you were concerned about. Good luck with your trial!

Phoebe said...

Oh no, I thought yours did look round. I imagined myself making it all into one great pancake, as happened the time I attempted scones.

kei said...

I'll post about what happens when one attempts to make a macaron-pancake...it didn't work, but was happily consumed nonetheless :D