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.