There is some debate as to what to call them but we all know what they are and we certainly know of their supposed trickiness... Macarons (or macaroons, if you like) are a sweet treat that I have been meaning to attempt for a while. Indeed, they on my baking bucket list!
I used a recipe from Jo Wheatley's book, 'A Passion For Baking', and (apart from the buttercream needing extra butter - an issue I always seem to have with Jo's buttercream recipe) they turned out fab! I suggest you all give macarons a go - it's certainly worth it when you get something that at least half resembles a macaron.
Want to know my little tip? When you've mixed in the ground almonds and want to know if you've mixed enough, try putting a little bit on a plate and give it a vigorous shake. If it flattens out on top, etc. then you know it's right (or thereabout). If it keeps it's peek, give a couple more folds.
So, without further ado, here are my first ever macarons:
I have to admit, they didn't all turn out as nice as these. A few only rose on one side and spilled over; a couple came out hollow but the rest came out almost perfect (if I do say so myself) and, above all, they tasted great!
Go on, give them a go!