First of all thanks to Leslie from Lethally Delicious for selecting this month's recipe in the Chocolate with Francois challenge. Macarons-Chocolate ones with creamy chocolate ganache. Check out Leslie's post and her beautiful results . And my apologies to my fellow bakers for my late posting this month for our Chocolate with Francoise challenge.
Each time I start a recipe of macarons I get that awful feeling in my stomach-that tightening and feeling of dread. I hate to start baking with that dread. I'm of the belief that your mood and spirit effect the end results of what you are baking. I want my love of baking and my passion for baking to infuse itself into the results-not the bad juju of dread ! So when I started this month's challenge I decided that I wasn't going to start baking until I put myself into macaron nirvana . Watching the meringue go around and around in my Kitchenaid helped me to meditate and relax and think nothing but good macaron thoughts. I was so occupied with having a positive outlook and feeling good about this macaron experience I wasn't paying attention to the amount of batter I was making. Hmm 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar seemed like a lot from other recipes but I knew this was the Italian meringue method so I just chalked it up to the recipe. As I was watching the meringue, I kept thinking hmm that's a lot of meringue. And I mean a full to the rim lot of meringue whisking around in the bowl I looked at the yield on the recipe...50 macarons. 50, really, how large is Francois making his macarons ? Because by the time I finished my baking I ended up with almost 150 !! Thank goodness we have a BBQ this week at work-guess what I'm taking for dessert ??
I've always loved making Italian meringue-it's amazing that something so beautiful and smooth and delicious starts out as egg whites and boiling sugar. Anyway putting myself in that macaron state of mind made a difference..my little babies have feet..So I did what all of us do when we see the feet-the hallelujah macaron dance around the oven- Remember the song Footloose ? Well picture me dancing around the kitchen to that tune but substituting words like Footloose,everyone has feet,everyone has feet..OK it doesn't take much to amuse me-you've learned my secret.