Working On Macarons

Baking By Pastrybaglady Updated 21 Oct 2014 , 6:03am by winniemog

Pastrybaglady Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 10:01pm
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After a boatload of failures I have finally had some success with macarons!  Why make just plain ones when you can make pandas!

 

 

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-K8memphis Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 10:20pm
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oh i love those! i had a panda bear (stuffed animal) way before it was cool :lol:

 

and they're complete with a little tail -- you ROCKED it! those are the best

-K8memphis Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 10:25pm
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what flavor are they?

Pastrybaglady Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 11:23pm
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AThese are just plain flavored.

winniemog Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 11:31pm
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AYou should use pandan paste and then you'd have pandan-flavoured pandarons......

CindiM Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 11:39pm
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APastrybaglady, they look awesome. Did you discover any secrets to making them look so good?

MBalaska Posted 20 Oct 2014 , 11:56pm
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@Pastrybaglady your are one of the grand explorers in fun things to eat!  Those are so cool!

 

{and If you can't find any imported  panda paste, I'll get you some Alaskan grizzly bear extract next time one wanders into the yard.}

Pastrybaglady Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 12:21am
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AI read a really good blog post about how there are so many macaron myths. I made these on a rainy day, I did not age the whites, I used eggs straight from the fridge, I added all the sugar at once before whipping the meringues into really stiff peaks. I think over mixing was my main issue as well as scooping from the bottom of the bowl into the pastry bag instead of scraping the batter in. I think I kept catching unmixed meringue around the edge.

I've never heard of pandan paste but I love the idea of pandarons! What is that flavor exactly? MB I think I'll let you blaze the trail with grizzly bear extract

winniemog Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 12:50am
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APandan paste is an extract from a pandan leaf, an Asian ingredient we can buy in Australia. Try a Chinese grocery store. It's amazing, a mix of nutty vanilla flavour and aroma. It's often coloured quite green to enhance its natural pale green colour.

I made a gateau base last weekend with pandan paste in a coconut-enhanced dacquoise and it was delicious. It gives a lovely, slightly mysterious flavour.

And your macarons are divine, by the way! The cutest things I have ever seen.

I am one of those who does everything precisely by the book to make macarons...but I agree the amount of mixing is critical, I work the batter until it forms a v-shape falling from the dough scraper that I mix with.

MBalaska Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 2:05am
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Originally Posted by winniemog 

Pandan paste is an extract from a pandan leaf, an Asian ingredient we can buy in Australia. Try a Chinese grocery store. It's amazing, a mix of nutty vanilla flavour and aroma. It's often coloured quite green to enhance its natural pale green colour.

I made a gateau base last weekend with pandan paste in a coconut-enhanced dacquoise and it was delicious. It gives a lovely, slightly mysterious flavour.

And your macarons are divine, by the way! The cutest things I have ever seen.

I am one of those who does everything precisely by the book to make macarons...but I agree the amount of mixing is critical, I work the batter until it forms a v-shape falling from the dough scraper that I mix with.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    HA  I thought you were taking the mickey.  I had to look it up on the internet.  It said that the leaves are also called screwpine.

 

You can learn something new everyday.  Ok never mind on the extract then.  :)

winniemog Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 2:12am
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AHonestly MB, you thought an Australian was taking the mickey? No way, not me, I'm way too serious....

Pastrybaglady Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 2:21am
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AWinniemog, I will be on the hunt! Is it native to Australia? I'm Asian but have never heard of it. If you don't I will be copyrighting "Pandarons"!

winniemog Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 2:43am
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AOk, pandan paste is from Southeast Asia, most tropical parts. I don't think it's from one particular country. I buy it from my local Chinese grocery, but I live in a very Chinese part of Melbourne Australia, fantastic food and ingredients!

Knock yourself out with the name pandarons - but remember me when you're famous! And when you drop in to Melbourne in your private jet with your glitzy entourage, perhaps you can bring a couple of pandarons, just for old times sake....

Pastrybaglady Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 4:03am
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AOh of course, party at winniemog' s!

winniemog Posted 21 Oct 2014 , 6:03am
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AAnd surprisingly enough (for this forum!) I have a cake in the oven ready to go. Plus drinks of course. Lots and lots and LOTS of drinks.....

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