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Re: macarons
« Reply #60 on: May 05, 2012, 10:38:59 am »
You make me laugh out loud!! Ok I am going to treat these buggers as a trial run and start early tomorrow morning ...thanks Gert!

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Re: macarons
« Reply #61 on: May 05, 2012, 10:41:39 am »
They will still be delish. Doesn't matter it they are not perfect with legs or feet or whatever.

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Re: macarons
« Reply #62 on: May 05, 2012, 10:42:24 am »
One more question...how do you know when the skin has formed and it is ready to pop into oven?

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Re: macarons
« Reply #63 on: May 05, 2012, 10:46:24 am »
I am certainly no expert but they look sort of shiny and hard. Just walk away for an hour or so. No hurry. Go shopping.

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Re: macarons
« Reply #64 on: May 05, 2012, 10:53:45 am »
Prefer a glass of scotch!!!

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Re: macarons
« Reply #65 on: May 05, 2012, 10:55:53 am »
I'll join you.

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Re: macarons
« Reply #66 on: May 05, 2012, 11:05:32 am »
They no longer feel sticky.

Gretchen what a beautiful set. I have bits from Mum. It is the same except it's name is 'sunshine' and it has the number 4030 on it. I have 5 bread and butter plates, a sandwich serving plate and a tiered plate like they use for cupcakes now.  She always served home made scones on it, with home made jam and cream from the cow.
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Re: macarons
« Reply #67 on: May 05, 2012, 11:11:12 am »
They no longer feel sticky.

Gretchen what a beautiful set. I have bits from Mum. It is the same except it's name is 'sunshine' and it has the number 4030 on it. I have 5 bread and butter plates, a sandwich serving plate and a tiered plate like they use for cupcakes now.  She always served home made scones on it, with home made jam and cream from the cow.

Ok cookie you are number two if emeraldsue does not want them. Only fair.  I don't want to take them to the Sallies and I do not want to leave them for the kids to toss.

They are a bit yellow inside and very crazed but so beautiful and so old.

Do you have a pic of them?

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Re: macarons
« Reply #68 on: May 05, 2012, 01:44:49 pm »
Gert,

I really love my grandmother's plate, and I would love to have your set. Thankyou so much for the offer. Are you really sure that you want to part with them? It is such a lovely pattern. My grandma loved cooking and was always baking. I think I got my love of baking from her as my mother doesn't enjoy it at all. She gave me all of her cake decorating equipment, this plate and some tea cups from Japan in lovely colours.

Couton, don't stress too much about piping the Macarons or how long to leave them before baking. You can always google "Macaron piping help"  if you want to see someone else do it. I just use the disposable piping (icing) bags from the supermarket with my plain (ie. round) nozzle with a hole in the end about 1 cm wide. Don't forget to use one hand to squeeze the bag gently and use the other hand to guide the nozzle end. Piping is all about squeezing and releasing. I stand directly above where I want to pipe the macaron and hold the piping bag directly over the top of the template ie without much of an angle. Just do what feels comfortable for you.
You can see from my previous post that I had a really bad day making my Macarons, but they were still edible. Kids care more about how they taste than how they look.
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Re: macarons
« Reply #69 on: May 05, 2012, 01:52:34 pm »
Thank you for your lovely words but the macarons were an unmitigated disaster...I cooked and cooked and it still did not come off the baking paper.  I finally gave up and binned it. The nozzle has to be a round hole about 1 cm? I may have to go to shops to find one. All mine have tiny holes or flat thin 1 cm length holes.

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Re: macarons
« Reply #70 on: May 05, 2012, 02:29:48 pm »
This is a photo on my nozzle that I bought from a cooking shop.

If you couldn't get them off the baking sheet, that suggests that they aren't cooked enough. I have successfully made them many times before I had my TC using Nigella Lawson's recipes. She cooks them at 180C, so you could try increasing the temperature and see if that helps.

I hope you didn't really bin them. They would have tasted yummy smashed up over ice cream or in a trifle.

Good luck tomorrow
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Re: macarons
« Reply #71 on: May 05, 2012, 11:00:52 pm »
Emerald Sue. I am happy to send my jugs to you. Will PM you to get your address.

Sorry cookie1 that I didn't have more of these.

Gert

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Re: macarons
« Reply #72 on: May 05, 2012, 11:13:18 pm »
You're a legend Gertie.  Once again this shows the generosity of our forum members.
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Re: macarons
« Reply #73 on: May 06, 2012, 05:27:24 am »
I would hate for them to be binned Gert. They will have a loving home.
I'll try to put a photo of mine up. Off to Melbourne tomorrow. DD is going to a conference and I am catching up with my cousin and nephew. The latter is going to Romania to live for a while. My cousin and I can talk for days, so it will be fun.
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Re: macarons
« Reply #74 on: May 06, 2012, 06:10:08 am »
Wow,Romania, that will be interesting. Have a great time chatting.

Gert
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