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.
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.
Wendy those are beauty-full! Brava. I’ve always been afraid to give these a try. But I LOVE them. Great job!
Woooooooooowww, soooo beautiful! I never dared to make macarons so far…
très réussis tes macarons ! Bravo 🙂
Very nice looking macarons and congrats on the “feet”. They look delicious as well.
What a symbiotic relationship – yolks for ice cream, and whites for macarons.
Sigh. It’s a beautiful thing.
Those look beautiful and delicious! I’ve only been successful making macarons once, but yours make me want to try again!
Congrats on successful macarons! They’re beautiful! I have also been scared to try 🙂 One day…
they look great!!! this is next on my “to conquer” list 🙂
Why wasn’t I invited !!?? They look great !! I looked crazy in front of the oven waiting for feet ! What is honey powder ?
Your flavors sound delicious and the macarons look perfect!
Isn’t it funny how that works? Your macarons look just perfect, and I love the use of honey powder – where do you find it?
I have always always wanted to try making macaroons! Yours really look spectacular!
Great job!! Yo feets lookin’ fab!
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.
they look great–such pretty feet! your pizza party sounds like a great time!
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!
Yay for getting feet! Congratulations!
Lovely feets!!! 🙂 Now ‘fess up…who ate the rest? 😀
I found out about the resting time halfway through baking. LOL.
Great job! Your feet look fabulous! 😉
your macarons looks amazing
(even my kids knows now the meaning of feet.. 🙂
Wow! Those are like the Jimmy Choos of feet! Your macarons look beautiful! Well done!
Your macarons turned out just perfect. If you tell a non-macaron maker about feet, they look at you as if you are on something!
Fabulous job! They are on my list of must make someday! Thanks for the tips! Nutella sounds awesome.
love the colors of your macarons..
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…
I love how pretty they look and the flavors are so delicious–peanut butter AND nutella, I love it! 🙂
Beautiful macarons with perfect shape! Congrats!
Mmm, pass me a nutella filled one, please. 🙂
They look great!
They look perfect and wonderful colour and the most marvellous flavour well done. Cheers from Audax in Australia.
your macaroons are really pro, well done! peanut butter filling, yum!
Wow, these look like a professional did them. Kudos to you!
Yummo! I’d love to take a bite!
Btw, your photography ROCKS!
Beautiful macs! And oh, peanut butter filling, sounds heavenly.
Looks absolutely delicious ..
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Great job with the feet! The macs look amazing =D.
Awesome! Congrats on the major feet-age. 🙂 I love the sound of all of your fillings.
Wendy, your macarons look so yummie, the fillings that you have sound and look so delicious, great combination!
These look amazing! I’m very impressed – macarons have always held a bit of mystery for me. Nice feets!
You certainly did get “da feets”! Yours are a lot neater than mine were!
And what lovely feet they are. 🙂
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!
Beautiful macarons you got there! And your blog is so cool, love it!
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!
Perfect! I could never attempt to make them! Yours turned out just perfect.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Your macarons are gorgeous! Great job!!