A watched macaron never grows feet.
Or you could say a Coffee Muffins macaron never grows feet. I am writing this blog post munching on failed coffee macarons and feeling pretty sorry for myself (and just a little sick). Five attempts and still no feet.
This time I have no one to blame, I can’t blame the challenge for being too easy or not seasonal enough, or any one of the other reasons why my previous challenges haven’t been good enough. This time I really tried, gave it different attempts over different weeks and yet I have little more to show for myself than after my first attempt.
Macarons are notoriously difficult to get right. Type any of the variations (“macaron”, “macaroon” or “french macaroons”) into google, and there will be thousands of how to videos and blog posts.
There are several things to look for in a macaroon.
- smooth crunchy top
It was the feet that were really elusive to me. If you squint at the first attempt maybe you have something approaching a foot, unfortunately not for attempts 2 and 3.
Attempt 3 was when I started adding coffee granules (before then I just made plain almond macarons).
Tonight I made my final attempt after hours of re-reading the daring bakers forums, after waiting and hoping and praying for even the tiniest of little baby macaron feet.
I even made two goes at attempt 4, by halving the mixture and bashing more air out of the second lot of mixture.
Attempt 5 had less air in the mixture and a longer (cooler) cooking process, but didn’t help one jot with the elusive feet.
I never got a macaron that I felt was worth going to all the effort of making a great filling for, so most of the ones I ate with either Nutella or a spoonful of marscapone. The plan was to create a tiramisu flavoured macaron, flavoured with decaf coffee granules (added at the egg white stage so as to melt in) with a marscapone and chocolate shavings filling. It would never have been ground breaking, but it would have been a great blend of coffee and creaminess.
At this point I have half an hour till it’s officially reveal day, I am giving up on getting feet with this recipe. I have heard that other recipes give more consistent results, and I will try those and I will eventually get feet on my macarons. Watch this space…