Monday, 13 February 2012

French Coffee Macarons (w/ step by step pictures)

This is my 5th attempt at macarons. And it's finally worthy of being blogged about. YEAH!

Let's recount each attempt:
Ingredients: 2 unaged egg whites, 1/2 cup of almond meal, 1 cup of pure icing sugar, 2 tbsp instant coffee granules, 5 tbsp granulated sugar.
Result: Not bad. Actually pretty good for my first attempt. Nice feet, shiny surface and all that, but a bit dome-y on the top. a macaron.

See? Ugly dome. BUT there's a nice looking batch if you scroll a bit.
Ingredients: Same as attempt #1. Except the I used icing mix (i.e. powdered sugar with a touch of cornflour) instead of the pure
Result: TERRIBLE. No feet, dome-y, stuck to the parchment paper. And surface was spongey looking.

Ingredients: Mostly the same as attempt #2, since apparently cornflour wasn't the culprit in the failure of #2. This time, the egg whites were aged for 18 hours (i.e. separating the whites and the yolks and letting the whites rest at room temperature. And no, they don't go off.)
Result: Still bad.

Ingredients: 1 unaged egg white, 1/4 cup of almond meal, 1 cup of pure icing sugar, 1 tbsp instant coffee granules, 2 tbsp granulated sugar.
Result: Same as #1. Macronage was still too thick, I thought it was runny enough but it wasn't. I think I was a bit paranoid.

Ingredients: Same as #4. Except that my egg whites came right out of the fridge.
Result: :D I mixed my macronage for thoroughly (i.e. the macaron batter)

The feeeeeeeeeeet. (and yes, this photo has to be x-large)
What I found about macarons:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Coconut Roughs

First of all...THESE ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER. Coconut Roughs are...flakes of coconut and chocolate. There's a shop (which my closest one CLOSED DOWWWN.) which only sells it in the winter, and is quite pricey (honestly not that worth it actually). But what if I want it summer?. Apparently it needs to be cold or something? Well. So...I'm tackling coconut roughs in very, very warm weather.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Mango Sorbet

I like mangos. Hence, I like mango sorbet...I also own an ice-cream maker (which makes better sorbets than ice-creams).
Umm. Mango skins? ;)