Ahh, the ever-elusive macaron. Or is it macaroon? That is the never-ending debate... the spelling, the pronunciation! Which is correct? No one will ever know... I fall in the camp of calling it the French macaron so that there is no mistaking which light, airy, chewy, creamy, sweet delicacy I am referring to.
These delightful little bites of bliss were not even on my radar until early last year when I suddenly saw them popping up everywhere! I believe I was searching online for a new treat to bake up to take to a Lunar New Year's dinner celebration at my parents' house, when these chocolate macarons appeared on my screen. They looked so intriguing, that I decided to try my hand at it... totally not aware that these "cookies" were deemed the nemesis of many a baker before me.
|(also a journey thru my poor photography...except center bottom photo by my friend, jw)|
Thus, started my journey in perfecting the ever-elusive French macaron. There's been quite a many batches that were thrown out due to cracking, but there have also been many successes. To me, the quest for the "perfect" macaron is far from over as I am still experimenting with different flavor combinations, colors, methods, brands/ingredients, etc to truly make them my own.
Fortunately, the many batches that I've shared with family and friends, have all been well-received - more than well by some, which definitely encourages me to be bold in my macaron journey in 2011!
|my first batch of macarons in 2011 - green tea w/ vanilla buttercream|