Tasty but not so pretty macaroons

One of my Make and Do aims for 2013 was to learn to make macaroons. I absolutely love them and always treat myself to some when I go to Westfield in Stratford. This is my first attempted and I followed this recipe, the recipe was nice and easy to follow and I did all the steps including banging to make the foot.

Here is my first batch:

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And from the side:

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I used pink food colouring (not that you can tell) and strawberry flavouring…and I have to say they taste delicious, unfortunately they just are not very pretty. One of the things I love about macaroons is the prettiness of them and the bright colours, how has mine turned out orange? I then decided to give it another go:

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I think these were a little more successful, they are much smoother on top but still look orange despite the pink food colouring. I am using a gel based colour and the mixture looked lovely and pink:

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I did the icing vanilla flavour and it goes beautifully with the strawberry of the macaroon, so really it is just the colouring I’m not so happy about. I am not going to tick the macaroons off my make and do aims yet because i really want them to be pretty as well as tasty…does anyone have any advice about the colouring?

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17 thoughts on “Tasty but not so pretty macaroons

  1. Your macaroons look awesome! Soooo much better than any of mine – I’ve tried to make them like, five times, but each has failed 😦 But I swear, I will master them someday! 😉
    Do you use liquid or powdered food colouring? My friend is a master at these, and she uses powdered colouring, so she can use a lot and still not change the consistency of the mixture (and so their colour is very vibrant) – hope this helps! 😛

    • Thank you for the kind comment and helpful advice. I used a gel based colouring but will look into the powdered based for next time. I would love to get those really vibrant colours.

  2. they look good! and I bet they taste good too. I always see these flawless perfectly colored ones and just haven’t tried because I’ve been told they are hard to make..i just might give it a go!

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