I was so excited to try making french macarons for Easter.
I watched two whole videos on how to do it right. They made it seem totally do-able.
But then I read a blog post by someone with a lot of experience who took five tries to get it right. I panicked. If it took her five tries, how many would it take me?! Clearly I’d been cocky. Or at least unrealistic. I started thinking about all the wasted ingredients and wasted time and the shame of walking into Easter dinner with a store bought dessert. Oh, the shame.
I got cold feet. (Aw. My first macaron joke!)
But, with The Food Network’s help, I devised a plan B. Flourless chocolate cake.
If you read the reviews of this cake on The Food Network, a lot of people complained about the cracking and sinking in the middle. I think it looks beautiful, though. And there was certainly no problem with the taste. So, all in all, it was a very very good plan B. No one suffered for the lack of macarons.
This series will not be produced with any kind of predictable regularity. It will require the stars to align with equal parts time and gumption. These delicacies are so finicky the weather may even be a factor. But, in good time, the series will include:
- puff pastry
- sourdough bread
- pie crust
- phyllo dough
Please add to this list in the comments (if you are totally OK with me screaming your name in vain from my kitchen as I attempt to make it.) Helpful hints and words of encouragement are also welcome.