Seriously. This years birthday rocked! If this is what 31 looks like, bring it on! I’m ready for the rest of the year. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end today. 😕
To sum it up: early Hobbit screening, new camera lens, snuggly puppy time (the dude just knows), all around awesomeness from hubs and this.
Don’t feel like clicking the link? Okay I’ll just tell you.
I won. I WON. IWONIWONIWONIWONIWON. Alright, now that is out of my system. I will resume acting like an adult.
Yes folks, I did it again, yours truly won this years Brooklyn Cookie Takedown!!! Mayhaps you remember this post from last year, with my duck fat caramel, triple chocolate chip cookies that brought me the people’s choice prize.
Well this year, I felt I need to class the joint up a bit. I mean, how else was I going to come back from the monstrosity that I made last year? The only reasonable thing to do was to make the most difficult cookie out there. French Macarons.
Of course, I can’t make things easy on myself either, in my opinion what makes a French Macaron so alluring is all their pretty colors and flavors. Seeing as the only rule to the competition is that your item must be baked, I went ahead and did 4 flavors.
Today, I’m just giving you the recipe. Soon – I promise, soon you WILL have a step by step photographic guide of how to make these pretty little gems. One of my awesome prizes is that Leske’s Bakery in Brooklyn will be selling my cookies! If you are local, you too can go try them out! I’ll be showing the bakers how to make the macarons and that will be my opportunity to take photos to show to you. Because in all honesty, when you have to make 300 complete (i.e 600 shells), taking photos of the process is not your first priority!
I know this post is getting long, but I also need to credit a two sites that helped me along in my recipe process. When researching exactly how I wanted my base recipe to go, I decided I needed to go the ratio route. There are so many differing opinions on how to make a French Macaron. In the end baking is a science, you can’t go wrong with math. I finally discovered the best ratio on Not So Humble Pie. She has an entire Macaron series and they look stunning. BraveTart also has an excellent guide on making Macarons, will helped in my overall process of making them.
Between those 2 sites, plus a lot of practice and some failures I finally ended up with perfect little Macarons with feet, no cracks and no hallow shells!
My cheering section!
So as I said above I won. Actually I swept the entire competition by winning 1st place on the people’s and judge’s side. Lucky me took home some awesome prizes and because the holidays are amongst us, I want to share one of them with YOU! My awesome readers.
I am giving away a Cuisinart 5-speed hand mixer for your baking needs! Woo-hoo!
There are 4 possible ways to win, with the first one being the only mandatory entry.
Giveaway details: One (1) Cuisinart 5-speed hand mixer. It is open to U.S. Residents Only and will run from Friday, December 20, 2012 to Thursday, December 27, 2012 I will announce one (1) random winner on Friday, December 28th. Please be sure to include a way for me to contact you via email when entering.
How to Enter:
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