Chocolate macaroons–a challenged Daring baker

chocmacaroncookiesI must confess I forgot today was DB day. I think it might have something to do with the fact that my chocolate macarons didn’t work quite as planned!

dbThe 2009 October Daring Baker’s challenge was brought to us by Ami S. She chose macarons from Claudia Fleming’s The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern as the challenge recipe. You can visit Ami at her blog, Baking Without Fear.

Obviously I was excited. I mean, they were already GF! I thought I could quite simply swap out the confectioner’s sugar for finely ground coconut sugar. Silly me. It was much less sweet, and much more sticky, leading to very flat cookies that were nonetheless yummy. I filled them with a nutella inspired cocoa/agave/hazelnut butter mix that was quite delish (no, I didn’t measure, and I ate too much along the way to give any kind of accurate representation of quantity.
I sorta kinda wanted to redo them–I was totally impressed by David Lebovitz’ lyrical descriptions–but alas, reality hits and collides with my baking fantasies and it was so darned crazy ’round these parts that there was just no way.

So please do check out the amazing creations of other DB’ers on the web.for luscious inspiration.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to Chocolate macaroons–a challenged Daring baker

  1. Lauren says:

    I think they look lovely! Wasn’t it nice to have a naturally GF challenge?

  2. Natalie says:

    You did a fabulous job on your challenge! And wasn’t this recipe a challenge too!

    My first batch hit the trash as they ran together into this big blob macaron. Thank goodness the following batches turned out okay.

  3. Pam says:

    Those look SO good!

  4. Nice work though! I’m still working up my courage to try macarons. One day! I love the hazelnut filling, it sounds so rich!

  5. Ricki says:

    I dunno, I’d say they look pretty good to me! I’ve gotta get me some of that coconut sugar!

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