Monday, October 25, 2010

m-m-making macaron

I've always wanted to try making macaron, but felt it was kind of tedious to gather all the ingredients.

So, when I saw this at MUJI for 998 yen (about US$9.98), I had to get it.

Previously, I've tried baking their mini muffins which I've written about here.

Anyway, I think I had bought the macaron mix sometime last year thinking I had enough time before the expiry date, but in the end, the expiry date came and went.

So yesterday, I finally tried part of the box, all you need to add is one egg white.

I say part because this box makes 10 chocolate and 10 caramel macaron.

My problem is that my oven is so small that I would only be able to bake 20 at once, not the 40 like the instructions say.

Luckily, everything is portioned out for each flavor, so you really don't have to do both at once.

I made circles on the back of a parchment paper so that I would know where to place my batter.

This was good, except that when I put my batter down, my circles came out uneven and some ran together.

Another problem I ran into was figuring out how long to bake these.

I baked it for the 13 minutes it suggests, but ended up baking it even longer, maybe 10 more minutes??

Some stuck to the parchment, which I think meant that it didn't bake evenly.

I think if all my circles were even and the amount of batter was even, then I wouldn't have had to bake them longer.

Anyway, they only give enough melting chocolate for 10 macaron, though I added some dark chocolate thinking the amount they gave wasn't going to be enough, and in the end ended up with a tablespoon of melted chocolate.

These macaron were crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle.

Adding the dark chocolate was good because the caramel outsides were quite sweet and the chocolate mixture kinda off-set this.

I guess I'll get creative with the filling when I bake the chocolate macaron...though I'll do this another day.


Dennis K. said...

Ah man, I miss Muji so much.. I used to really like their Thai curries in the retort packs (and many other things..).
The macarons look so cute!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

I used to love going into Muji and seeing their mixes--natsukashii!

K and S said...

Dennis, I'll try their curry next time :)

Too bad they don't have a store on the West Coast Abigail.

Take care you two.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Very fun! I think your macarons look impressive. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii :)

Take care.

Jude said...

This looks really good! Such a great idea for Muji to sell macaron kits :) (I also never get things baked in the times they say on packages, always runs longer!)

K and S said...

Thanks Jude, I hope the other half of the box mix comes out better :)

Take care.

Rowena said...

I know what you mean about the tediousness...which is why I made them once and never again. They should be selling those kits especially with holidays coming up but I doubt that macarons will ever become a big hit in italian home kitchens. They love their panettone and pandoro too much!

K and S said...

I've never tried pandoro before, but I do love panettone, Rowena :) After I finish this kit up, I'm sticking to buying macaron ;)

Take care.

jalna said...

Looks awesome to me!!

K and S said...

Thanks Jalna :)

Take care.