Birthday Goodies (and how not to make macarons)

Thursday, 15 March 2012
Check out all these gorgeous goodies that my lovely friends and family got me for my birthday at the weekend!

The cute heart print scarf has pretty much been attached to me for the last 4 days, and the Vera Wang Princess Night perfume is fast becoming my go-to fragrance.  Also, how pretty is the eyeshadow pallet that my Mum got me?!

I had a day off on Monday so thought I'd try out my exciting new baking stuff and make my first ever homemade macarons.

Unfortunately, although I'd been clever enough to make sure I had all the required ingredients (and even bought a new silicon spatula and measuring spoon set), I neglected to notice the fact that I don't own a sieve, or realise how difficult it would be to whisk egg whites without an electric whisk....

So anyway, I got stuck in and just dealt with the fact that my sugar and ground almonds couldn't be sieved (instead I got rid of the lumps with a fork - see, improvisation), and accepted that I'd need to manually whisk like a motherf***er (it took an hour....AN HOUR....and it still wasn't properly "peaking").  

After diligently separating the mixture into 3 bowls so I could add food colouring (liquid) I then piped the mixture onto my new macaron baking sheet and decorated - and if I do say so myself they looked lovely.

After leaving them to rest for 30 minutes they had a skin on top like the recipe said, so all seemed to be going to plan.  I then put them in the oven for around 12 minutes and.......


What the actual fuck?!!!  Where have the colours gone?!!!*

After managing to stop myself from throwing them out the window in a fit of rage, I made up some coloured butter icing and sandwiched the (let's face it, biscuit) halves together.  They didn't look too bad in the end, but they still aren't the lovely pastel meringues that I was hoping for!

Oh well, practice makes perfect!

*A friend later told me that apparently liquid food colourings lose their colour in the baking process, so the best thing to try is coloured paste.


  1. Oh man, I would have had a huge rage at that too! How odd I bet you were so shocked when you pulled them out, ah well, hope they at least tasted nice!

  2. I know, it was a massive let down! Sad

  3. That's so weird and annoying! I don't think I'll ever attempt making macarons. Oh also sometimes egg whites don't peak if the bowl isn't glass or if the air is humid. Temperamental!

    In other news, whenever I see 'macaron' written down I get this song stuck in my head: