I 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!
The 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.
I think they look lovely! Wasn’t it nice to have a naturally GF challenge?
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.
Those look SO good!
Nice work though! I’m still working up my courage to try macarons. One day! I love the hazelnut filling, it sounds so rich!
I dunno, I’d say they look pretty good to me! I’ve gotta get me some of that coconut sugar!