My buddy introduce these sweet little treats to me. The first time I had them, we were sharing a piece it in chocolate flavour. The second time I had them, we shared each of the 3 pieces we bought, they were rose, lychee, and chocolate banana flavors.Since I've had enough of sharing these little thing, I decided to make them myself so I can eat as much I want :)
I invested in a candy thermometer, silpat, illy, Valrhona, lots of eggs, ground almonds and hazelnuts. I even got a new digital weighing machine, just an excuse to get rid of my old conventional one.
This is my first attempt on macarons, I use the Italian Meringue method and I tried out the coffee almond and chocolate hazelnut flavour.I almost spend the entire evening measuring the ingredients very carefully, beating the egg whites, boiling the sugar syrup, stirring, mixing and piping.. okie i need more practice on this. I had the "skin" and the "feets" where they were supposed to be.
Somehow, I underbaked my 1st tray of hazelnut ones, had 2 cracked ones, and some in really odd sizes, I even had a few figures of 8 as I have piped them too closely. But I was glad the rest turns out quite nicely. They had eggshell-thin top crust, frilly skirting around the bottom, moist and alittle chewy interior. I am already very happy with my little achievement.
And of course, I can't wait to share them with my buddy.