I ground my almonds and sifted my powdered sugar. I followed good baking procedure and weighed all my ingredients (in grams) to be as precise as possible.
For anyone that has known me for at least 5 minutes its pretty fair to say that I'm not the most patient person...ahem...so in an effort to improve my efforts to create similarly sized shells I even took the time to trace a templet on my parchment paper
I whipped my egg whites as instructed to create stiff dry peaks
I added my gel color and prepared to pipe
Despite my best efforts my sizing wasn't as uniform as I would have liked. My piping bag was smaller than called for and I unintentionally overfilled it. So while battling batter overflow out of the top of the bag I did my best to follow my templet.
This is me, praying to the Frigidaire-Macaroon gods
It was shortly after my prayer session, while I was starting on the dishes, that it hit me...I didn't bang my pans. My heart dropped. I knew at that moment, without even looking, that this would not be the outcome I was so hoping for. This was another one of those items, like the guarantee of failure, that all research sources agreed on. They might call for a different number of bangs, or a different degree turn on the pan before banging again, but they ALL called for it. If you have ever made a meringue you know the goal is to fill the egg whites with air. Ironically in Macaroon making even though you make a meringue to start you actually beat the air back out of the batter when you incorporate the dry ingredients. The banging of the pan is important to remove any remaining air bubbles to not only keep your interiors fluffy but to keep your shell tops from cracking. I entertained a brief hope that maybe it wasn't all that critical and things would be just fine, but I didn't let myself bask in the lie for long, I knew better.
And as suspected...my worst French fears were realized...Cracked...Blah...
One lonely perfect shell in a sea of frightening failures
Somehow my second pan, while still nothing to write home about, bore much better results. To be honest if my entire endeavor had produced this result I probably would have called this whole thing a HUGE success, in spite of a few cracked tops.
Shiny shells, pretty frills (or feet) overall an excellent first Macaroon attempt
The good news...these still taste great. And oh by the way-are grain free- can a get a Lenten HELL YEA! excuse me while I go eat the evidence!