My love affair with macarons began several years ago, long before I even tasted one. I don’t have a specific memory of when I learned these amazing little cookies existed. I do know it happened during an internet wandering. I was intrigued by these beautiful, colorful sandwich cookies that come in interesting flavor combinations like lavender lemon or Salt and Vinegar. I am a total sucker for trying unique flavors in my sweet treats – every since discovering Chocolate Coyote Sebastian Joe ice cream (chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne pepper).
In April 2013, I learned Cupcake added macarons to their menu. I had one, Cherry Black Pepper (I think). I was sold. I needed to make my own. I read a few different blogs going on about how finicky they can be and chose to follow Not So Humble Pie’s directions and recipe.
To my surprise – I had success with my first batch. The shells developed little feet and the mostly smooth top. To confirm it wasn’t a fluke, I immediately made another batch.
I have gone on to make a few dozen batches, each time tweaking something or another. I have already forgotten most of them which is sad because they were all so fabulous in the own little way – even the ones that did not turn out as expected.
This site is my attempt to prevent macarons yet to be from sharing the same fate.
h/t to former co-worker William for coining TaraRoons.