Monday, February 26, 2018

Macarons

When my husband got home from work a few weeks ago, he gave me a well deserved baby break. All I wanted to do was stop by my favorite French bakery for a coffee and a treat. 


I was craving macarons, but I've had to follow a dairy-free diet while nursing, so I couldn't eat any of those pretty little cookies behind the display case (often due to the filling.) 


So, I decided to make my own dairy-free macarons!
I've heard macarons are difficult to make, but I've been wanting to try them out for some time now, so I figured it was the perfect time. 


Isn't it funny how a photo can sometimes disguise reality?


To be completely honest, this is how most of my macarons really turned out! 


These little guys are temperamental. I've been following this straightforward recipe on Pinterest, but my shells keep turning out flat and hollow. 


I'm determined to make successful macarons! I've made them a couple times, and I've been trying to trouble-shoot and fix the flat, hollow shells, but I haven't had any luck so far. (Any suggestions would be appreciated!) It has definitely been a learning experience though. I now know some fancy macaron terminology, like "folding in" and "feet".


I will let you know when (or if!) I master the macaron. 


Have you made macarons? What's your favorite bakery treat?

~Jess

26 comments:

Pilar said...

These macarons look good! Cupcakes are my favorite bakery treat!

NanaDiana said...

I think I have baked about everything EXCEPT macarons! While yours may not be picture perfect I bet they taste delicious! I am glad you got a little 'baby break' and hope you have a good week! xo Diana

Carla from The River said...

Hi Jess,
I give you so much credit for even trying. I have thought about making macarons. ;-) I have not been brave enough. LOL Let us know your tricks.
Carla

I am said...

Hi Jess i have never had a macaroon ,but i have had friends say how lovely they are,i think yours look yummy ,good luck with mastering them xx

Cherish happy moments said...

Look me hard to made themso I also never made them .. Find yours lovely ,greetings,Joan

nieneke nia said...

the macarons looks good !!!
have a nice week
greetings from Greece

Susie said...

Jess, I think you did very well. I sure would not have a clue to make these. They always look so tempting to me. Wishing you luck on the next batch. Blessings to your family, love, xoxo, Susie

Karen said...

They look good to me! My granddaughter loves to make chocolate chip cookies with me when she visits.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Jess, I'm so glad you had a baby break. It's tough being a new mother and even an old mother--ha ha!
I've never made macarons. I've heard they are quite difficult, but I'm sure you will master them. Have fun. I bet they are yummy, though. ♥

Sandi said...

Yum. Ugly cookies taste the best! :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've not tried to make them but I'm sure they were yummy! Hugs!

Jeanie said...

I love making macarons and have been pretty successful. I'll try to find the link to the online tutorial we watched over and over. It worked!

Jeanie said...

Jess, check this out -- it worked really well for me.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ636Y8N6E8

Marilyn Miller said...

I love about everything from the bakery. Yes, those macarons are fussy to make, so I decided that would be one I would leave to the bakers to do. Your coffee and treat looks just delicious!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I've heard that macarons are difficult to make - I've always wanted to try them, but I don't have the patience. I hope you find the right technique. They do look delicious, even all smashed :) x Karen

baili said...

I never made these ones dear Jess! but honestly you made them so well as they look nice and delicious!
i am glad you got some time out with your hubby and felt even refreshed !
lots of love and best wishes for your days ahead dear!

TARYTERRE said...

your macarons look yummy. it's how they taste that counts.

Frozen Moments | Aritha said...

Mjammie! I have never eat macarons.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Well, what a good baker you are and so brave too! I sure do respect a baker that tackles the macaroon. My middle daughter tried making croissants over Christmas and found them challenging too. You'll master them I know, and in the meantime I feel certain that they were very tasty!
Jemma

Susie Swanson said...

Those look so good. I can only imagine what mine would look like. I'm sure they were very delicious. Happy March.

Michelle B said...

Macaroons are tricky to make. They look good to me and I bet they tasted wonderful, even if they didn't turn out exactly as you wanted them too. Just close your eye when you eat them. :)

Pam Jackson said...

Nope....I have never made them! Sometimes its not about how they look....I think I care more about how they taste. I really don't think yours looked that bad and I bet they tasted YUMMY....

Zaa said...

I love macaroons... and I’m so glad that posted this... as I happen to know just how naughty they are to make... So you’ve given courage to try again... It’s how they taste not how they look....I bet your’s were delicious....Hugs

A Casa Madeira said...

Hi Sheri, wow, that's great.
Here in Brazil, usually when I see they are very small.
We have to eat several kkk.
Good week-end entry.
janicce.

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Delicious!!! Regardless of how they look... they still look yummy!!! You definitely get credit for making the effort. And, anyway... how is it that everything always looks perfect on Pinterest!?!? :)

Blessings on your day!!! Net

handmade by amalia said...

I've also heard that macaroons are difficult to make - good for you for trying.
Amalia
xo