I attempted to make French macarons for the first time and it just didn't work. The egg whites weren't stiff enough, the dough wasn't fluffy enough, the filling wasn't thick enough. All of this compounded into one poor, ugly, sad cookie.
Could it have been a bad recipe? Perhaps. This is the first recipe I've made from What to Bake & How to Bake It by Jane Hornby. I received this cookbook for my birthday. It's absolutely beautiful. The photos are art. The recipes all sound and look amazing. I have high hopes for this book!
I can't blame the cookbook. It wouldn't be fair...
I don't usually post my cooking failures to the blog. Who goes around sharing their failures on the Internet, right? But this recipe highlighted my biggest weakness as a cook, something that I never do quite right: whip egg whites.
If someone were to challenge me to cooking duel, egg white whipping would be my downfall.
So yeah, these cookies were the first thing I baked in 2015. Not a great way to start the year, but now my 2015 cooking challenge is set: perfectly whipped egg whites. I will conquer them. Wish me luck!