I have a new baby. Her name is KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (Empire Red). The name is a bit of a mouthful, and I doubt Births, Deaths and Marriages will let me register a name with brackets, but that’s okay by me. I’ll call her Red for short.
To christen Red, I decided to mark the occasion with a cook-off befitting of her smooth and powerful engine, and also, to mark Macaron Day which was celebrated at Adriano Zumbo’s Sydney pattiserie on his birthday. You can read about some of the amazing flavours at The Heart of Food’s blog – check out his post, Macaron Day 2010 .
Since I could’t be there myself, I settled on making my own – Pandan flavoured with Kaya filling.
To make my macarons, I used Syrup and Tang’s very thorough step-by-step recipe.
Soon enough, after carefully making my Italian meringue pandan flavoured macaron base, my kitchen was overflowing with trays of little babies awaiting their turn in the oven. I tried to leave them out for a couple of hours (covered under mesh food nets) to ensure they developed the skin which helps macarons retain their characteristic shape during the baking process.
The results were spectacular!