The 2009 October Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe.
If you follow me (or any other Daring Baker) on Twitter, you’ll already know that many of us did not care for this recipe. It flat out did not work for most of us (including myself). I tried it. It didn’t work. I could see many reasons it wold not work as I was making it but went ahead anyway. And then I wished I had just saved the time and ingredients.
So why are there pictures of somewhat-successful macarons here? After tossing the completely failed macarons into the trash, I started over. With my school’s recipe (which I will not be sharing, since I’m not really supposed to do that I think…it is VERY close to the one I’ve used in the past though). I still didn’t have complete success but they came out MUCH better and I was able to put a few together – and some even came out well enough to take pictures!
Of course this was all after I’d already thrown a fit about wasting my entire Sunday on something that was only barely successful. If I were the type of person to get embarrassed, I would be. Horribly. But I don’t really do embarrassed. I move on and set up a few shots anyway.
If you still can’t tell what flavor they are, they’re hot chocolate macarons with vanilla bean marshmallows in the middle. I put hot chocolate mix in the shells (substituting it for 10 grams each of almond flour and powdered sugar), spread ganache on the insides to up the chocolate flavor and anchor the marshmallows in place, and dusted them with a little extra mix right before serving. I also served them WITH hot chocolate and marshmallows.
If they’re not chocolatey enough for ya, just dunk them in the hot chocolate. It worked for me!