Last night after a spree of vegetarian pizza, our group wandered into a pastry shop where I tried, for the very first time, the french macaroon.
Now, I have had coconut macaroons before, chewy and moist and delicious, but these things are a completely different animal. Light as air, chewy with a faint crust on the outside, soft buttery filling sandwhiched between. So of course now I'm obsessed.
The problem is, that pastry shop is an hour and half away. There is no place in my personal little backwoods to procure them, now I have a taste for them. What to do, what to do? Recipes I'm reading online have a reasonably daunting array of steps: separating egg whites, processing almonds into flour, letting them set, the perfect amount of folding to ensure the proper texture....My enthusiasm for eating an entire batch may be tempered by my terror of egg whites.
We'll see...Has anyone out there tried making these before?