{db} Macarons! I got the feets!

The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.

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It often seems like the things I’m most trepid about making turn out to be easy. It happened with bagels and it happened again with this month’s Daring Bakers challenge. I’m back on track after missing two months and I was so excited when I found out the baking challenge was to make macarons.

I’ve wanted to bake these lovely French cookies for awhile and even took a class on how to make them at Surfas through Gourmandise Desserts. It was a fun class and I learned a few tips. The most important tip I learned was feet-achievement (the ridge at the bottom of each cookie half)  is a direct function of enough rest time after piping and before baking. You have to allow enough time for the exterior to harden before they go into the oven. That’s it. Now that I’ve made them once, I can’t wait to make them again. In fact, I decided I will make them every time I make ice cream. Use the yolks for ice cream and the whites for macarons. Perfect.

I made vanilla macarons using vanilla sugar and filled some with leftover peanut butter frosting, some with Nutella, and some with both peanut butter frosting and Nutella. I also sprinkled some with honey powder. The cookies came out perfect. Crunchy on the outside, with a slight chew. I served the macarons at my pizza party along with a gazillion other desserts and people loved them. It was very cool.

Thanks to Ami for hosting this month’s challenge. For the recipe visit her blog, Baking Without Fear.

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51 thoughts on “{db} Macarons! I got the feets!

  1. I’m so bummed I missed that class. and now it seems I missed this month’s DB too. I kept saying I’ll make the macs today and it just didn’t happen. Yours came out so beautifully.

  2. You’ve successfully made so many incredible and challenging recipes that I think it hilarious to read that you were hesitant to make these. :)

    Wow, ice cream AND macarons together everytime? You go girl!
    ~ingrid

  3. Those are no ordinary feet – they’re exquisite! Love your resolution to pair macarons and ice cream making. I’ll have to try macarons again; the one time I made them they were tooth-achingly sweet…

  4. I got the feeeeeeet! Sounds like an old techno song! LOL I got the poweeeeer! The macarons power! LOL LOL

    Very nice success Pink! Glad you got it!

  5. OH MY GOD, peanut butter frosting filled macs? I’m in love! I was going to do a peanut butter mousse filling, but as you saw, I already filled my plate to the point of obsession..lol Beautifully done!

  6. Your macarons look lovely. For me, the 5 minute cooking time did squat. I’ve made successful macarons before using a longer drying time, so it was disappointing for this round.

  7. Wendy, I believe they are The Most Beautiful Macarons I have seen around. WOWZA! I’m so glad you thought they were easier than you originally thought. Gives me hope. I keep thinking about them with a little reservation… Thanks for the tip too.
    AmyRuth

  8. Wow, those are really great, you did get the feets! I think those are the best feets I have ever seen! I have got to try making these. Yours are so inspiring.

  9. Great looking macarons and a great tip about the resting time. I didn’t realise and just piped and baked.

    Also congratulations on nearly a year of Daring Baking. Macarons were my introduction to the Daring Kitchen and I realise I need to attempt things before the last night!

  10. super great job on getting the feet, i’m so jealous. despite giving it lots of time before baking, i didn’t get the feet :( and i agree that ice cream + macarons are perfect uses for split eggs

  11. Your macarons are incredible – I can’t believe it was your first time! I made them once a while ago but I think I’m due for another attempt soon.

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