This is my first batch. Plain almond macarons. The moment I piped the batter on the baking paper, I know I missed a stoke or two during the macaronage stage! There were some 'toncet' on the batter.. they dried pretty fast as it was smoking HOT outside!
This is my second batch.. Almond macarons with green tea and lime. Love the smell of lime in it! I used Boh's green tea sachets. Silly me for piping the batter so close to each other.. kan dah bersambung2 tu!! adoila... punyerlah kedekut baking paper! (actually I dont have enough baking tray.... kena gi beli ni!)
These look better, kan? It's shiny and round... :)
The result, 1st batch -- no feet! I think they look OK... considering the shells didn't crack..
The second batch is actually almost perfect! Except they are so close to each other, dah bercantum!
*POK! tepuk kepala*
Haa.... look! yg crack patah dua tu sebab I terjatuh spatula atas dia.. yang lain2 cantik! yay! they smell so good! lime and green tea.. yum!
Then I got greedy and made my 3rd attempt. This time I ran out of aged egg whites. I used fresh egg whites... 'almost' thawed almond powder (punyalah tak sabar!) I thought I can get the same pretty shells.. (maklumla.. mcm dah terrorrrr.....) These are horlicks flavored!
Ha! Ha! PADAN MUKA! Ini semua akan masuk tong sampah.
I'm still trying to recall what did right during my second batch. I think I have to count the strokes next time around.... the oven temperature is important too.. I baked mine at 130C.. I don't exactly know how many minutes.. urm.. about 15 or so for each try, coz I constantly check on them to know whether they're done or not.
I will definitely try this again.. this weekends maybe! I haven't got around to do all those exotic fillings yet. So I settled with choc ganache and buttercream icing. I have to get the shells right first, then there are endless possibilities of flavors!
They are far from perfect but I'm glad I gave it a try. They are crazy little things for sure, but I'll get around and tackle them alrite!
Till then, hv a great and productive day friends!