It took me quite a while to master the art of baking a macaron. I had quite a few baking mishaps before actually getting it right. In retrospect, I think that my failures were all due to me over thinking the process because it really isn’t that difficult. Or perhaps it is due to my inability to follow directions from start to finish.
They other day when I was on a macaron making marathon, I invited my neighbor down. She had never tasted a macaron before, and being gluten free, I finally had something for her to test. She loved them!!
Later that day she came in holding this perfectly made pumpkin spice macaron. My jaw dropped. She had watched me make a few batches, then went up stairs and made her own….PERFECTLY on the first try. I had total baking jealousy. I called her a few inappropriate names (we have a very open name calling relationship) then tried it. Delicious. To top it off, not only is she a great baker but she is an AMAZING photographer, so her pictures of the cookies looked even better than they tasted! Seriously if you SoCal or Yuma people need a photographer, she’s your girl check her out at taplinphoto.com.
So finally after I got over my baking competitiveness (about 3 seconds worth) I applauded her for the delicious macaron, and promptly re-made them for the blog!