Batch 8 was a last minute request. I was invited to a friends’ house for fajitas and watching the Grammys. When I asked if I could bring something, the request came for macarons. I initially said there wasn’t enough time because I do prefer to have the macarons mature for at least 24 hours after being filled.
When scanning the cupboards and refrigerator for some other dessert inspiration to strike, I saw my already separated ageing egg whites and remaining buttered popcorn filling (from macaron making earlier in the week). I couldn’t resist the challenge. So I whipped up a batch of macarons using the ingredient ratio in Les Petits Macarons and my usual mixing and baking technique (14 mins at 300 degrees). I chose to color them pink in honor of P!nk who would be performing at the Grammys and for whom my friends are big fans.
You can see from the picture I rushed the mixing a bit as the last little peak didn’t go away. Just a couple of more folds and they would have been picture perfect. They sat for about five hours before the first nibbles, so they were a bit chewy. The flavor of the buttered popcorn filling was still quite lovely. I bet the ones I left behind were fantastic the next day both in texture and flavor.
This is why I should just make some to freeze for spontaneous little gifts. Can I trust myself to have them sitting in the freezer?
I didn’t stick around for all of the Grammys, but I did stay long enough to enjoy watching P!nk and her acrobatic performance.