Macaron Attempt Episode 1 - Narcissism is Necessary

Macaron Attempt Episode 1

I had gotten a bag of ground almonds at a steal last weekend. All I could think about was macarons. I made them, I was very clear about the flavours…I wanted After Eight inspired macarons.

I whipped some melted dark chocolates and cream for the most decadent chocolate ganache filling.

My macarons actually didn’t look half bad out of the oven. They were puffy and more than half had feet! I was thrilled. The peppermint scent emitted was simply gorgeous.

# – Peppermint macarons.

I let them cool down. Then I began the process of assembling the macaron sandwiches. A big smile across my face. I gently eased my thumb and index finger around a macaron. Lifted my fingers and….

CRAP. Bugger was stuck. I tried another one….stuck. All of them were stuck. I started sobbing. Yeap, I broke down. I cried like a dumbass.

Dramatic? You wouldn’t understand until you got a decent batch of macarons and they got stuck to your waxed paper.

# – I pried and pried. But to no avail :(

Lessons learnt:

1. Grease the damn paper.
2. Go easy on the peppermint essence, it’s a macaron, not breath mints!
3. Never ever, ever have too high an expectation at your first try at making macarons.

Thanks for reading.

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32 Responses to Macaron Attempt Episode 1

  1. irene June 6, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    hahahahah sorry for laughing, woman, but this is so comically tragic lololol.

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:30 am #


      • irene June 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

        never mind lah… i’m quite impressed you even dared to try making this. i would never in a hundred years bother to attempt macarons, not with my miserable baking skills.

        • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

          dont be modest! you can cook and i know it :D

          • irene June 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

            cooking’s a completely different thing leh hahaha. i honestly hate waiting nervously by the oven to see what it turns out… quite inconsistent one compared to cooking (where you can tweak as you go so it’s ok). baking is like a very frustrating chemistry lesson sometimes… once it fucks up it’s unsalvageable. people with no patience like moi can’t take that! eh post up macarons episode 2 soon, wanna see how your next attempt turns out! i’m sure it’ll be awesome :D

  2. Three-Cookies June 7, 2011 at 1:13 am #

    What did you do with the broken macarons? Macaron crumble, macaroon pie? I saw this happen on a masterchef episode. The pastry chef’s recommendation was to put the tray in the freezer a for few minutes. It worked but too late to be telling you!

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:30 am #

      I wish I had seen this comment before I threw the lot away. I was so upset :(

  3. Tien June 7, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Awww, I’m so sorry Kimberly! But hey, you can always try again! Go Kimberly!

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:28 am #

      Thanks tien! You’re right just need to try again! :D

  4. smoochiesayn June 7, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    i had the same exact horrible experience, too! oh the horror! cant wait for ur 2nd attempt!

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:27 am #

      Now I don’t feel so alone in this! Haha

  5. KY June 7, 2011 at 8:45 am #


  6. Pat June 7, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Awwww…hugs.. I’m sure you will be successful the next time! I know that feeling of frustration when experiencing a not-so-nice baking adventure

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks pat! Have to keep on trying I guess

  7. Kimba's Kitchen June 7, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Macarons are very tricky and one of the hardest things to make right first time – which is why I haven’t even dared to attempt this. Well done for trying! I’m sure you will be a macaron expert in no time :)

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Expert? I doubt so lol I’ll be happy if I get just one batch right! Thanks babe ;)

  8. fietheelf June 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Alah :( But the colour is so pweettyy and peppermint macarons sound yummeh. Next try will be better!

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks woman…gonna try again today. Hope they won’t stick to paper again! lol

  9. Tey Cindy June 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    alamak! but i’m sure i’ll be reading your successful macaron post SOON!! :D

  10. ShaolinTiger June 7, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Well it still tasted bloody good :D

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks baby, I still feel the mint was too strong though.

  11. whytevee June 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    well i salute you for the brave attempt..check out .. she sells macaron baking sheets, ones with round ‘markers’ on it so you don’t have to draw your own.. also great tips on making macarons,as she makes and sells them..

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

      thanks for the link! her macarons are gorgeous! the sheets omg i NEED THEM!

  12. kaminski June 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    That’s what I like about your blog, you show your failures as well as the successful ones, I admire that. I would have mashed them up with some cream and served, lol, or put them into a homemade ice cream recipe as I like crunchy bits in my ice cream! I also think you must have purchased the same paper as me, I made bread the other day and it stuck like bloody cement to the paper…tasted okay though, lol.
    I’m sure next time everything will work out fine!

    • Kimberlycun June 7, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

      thank you! i wish i was calm enough to think of doing that with the ruined macarons haha. i was so upset i just stomped over to the bin and tip everything in -_- as for the paper…damn it i think i’m going to get rid of them!

      • kaminski June 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

        for the paper, just rub some olive oil, messy I know and kinda defeats the purpose….I wonder what those silicone trays are like, ever tried them? Or you using them…lol

        • Kimberlycun June 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

          thanks for the tip. already rub cooking oil onto the paper for my 2nd try lol, they’re actually resting now to form shells /cross fingers. silicon trays work brilliantly but you can’t draw circles on them lol

  13. fiion June 21, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    i tried too :( it look so awesome until .. it stucked on the damned paper. since then i never try making macaroons anymore. = =

    • Kimberlycun June 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      Sorry to hear that, don’t give up!! Hugs


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