Brittany Campbell
art director + designer


So This One Time, I Tried to Make Macaroons

Over Christmas break, I got to hang out with my best friend from my hometown. She is apparently a professional macaroon maker now and decided to make them for me one night because, wait for it, I've never had a macaroon before. I'm going to spare you the lecture I received from my friend but I will tell you that it started with the sentence "You've been to Paris and you've never even had a macaroon!?"

Makeshift sifter
So today, I was talking with this said friend. She's getting married in August and we were discussing her wedding dress, decor, cake, etc. Inevitably, macaroons came up. So I decided that after work, I would go home and make my first batch of macaroons.

It didn't take long for me to run into problems. I realized that I don't even have a sifter. You have to sift the almond flour and confectioners suger like 3 times! So I was seriously out of luck. I refused to give up there. I got creative and looked through my box of tricks (that I keep in an old yellow suitcase in the closet) and found some tulle. I managed to place the tulle over a mixing bowl and sift the flour mixture.

After the recommended
8 minutes of mixing.
Does this look too runny?
I mixed the egg whites, fine sugar, and the flour mixture.
At this point I realized that the mixture was way too runny.
I tried to figure out what was wrong...

So before I tell you what I did wrong, I want you to know
that I am terrible at baking and terrible at math. Especially
when I mix those two things together.

The recipe yields 36 cookies. I did not want 36 cookies. I
thought I would half it! That was a bad idea because when
I went to half 3/4 cup I more than halfed it. So I ended up
using not enough flour. Sooo at this point I continued to
make the recipe.

They were sooo runny I could barely put them on the baking tray.

This is just pathetic.
Needless to say they didn't turn out to be macaroons. They tasted good but not like macaroons and we all know how the french are particular about their food. So I can not call these macaroons but next time, and yes, there will be a next time, I will be making macaroons and they will not only taste fantastic, they will LOOK fantastic!

Well.... There's always next time.

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