Jenny La Fleur
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adventures in costuming
My Ice Cream Jacket is progressing nicely. Well really I'm rather behind but I'm still mulishly determined to make it happen. Stubborn moi? *ahem*

But now I have to take a break and get started on the macaroons Loren asked so nicely for.

I'm going to make my favorite vanilla with candy-cane butter cream, which I have decided are my signature macaroons. Then I'm trying my hand at chocolate macaroons with a violet butter cream. So they will be a reverse of the ones I made for the fete which were violet macaroons with chocolate ganache. The violet flavoring I'm using is so subtle I couldn't add enough to the macaroon batter without screwing up the chemistry so this time I can add to my heart's content, butter cream being a much more forgiving medium.

I've heard chocolate macaroons are the most difficult but I made some for Christmas that were okay. They seem to like a lower temperature and become dry quickly so I'll watch that this time. I'm also trying a new (organic and dark) coco powder that I hope will make the difference between okay and fabulous.

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s0mmer From: s0mmer Date: April 22nd, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC) (link)
I wonder if a small amount of unsweetened chocolate would increase the chocolate flavor without needing to add a drying amount of cocoa? Some brownie recipes do this.
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 22nd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Actually it would probally cause the macaroon to fall or crack on top. The recipe I'm using increases the egg and sugar to compensate... they just came out drier than the other macaroons last time. Like I said I think part of that is the oven temp as well and being extra careful not to over bake them.
bauhausfrau From: bauhausfrau Date: April 22nd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC) (link)
Mmmmm, sounds so good!

If you want to sew Friday night we could have a little sewing circle after the bots go down. I'd like to finish retrimming some hats anyway...
jennylafleur From: jennylafleur Date: April 22nd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Sounds good! I'll probally need to finish trimming or add hooks and eyes on my jacket at the rate I'm going... :>
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