French (Parisian, specifically) macarons have been on my “must master” list for over a year now. Part of this obsession stems from the fact that I’ve never tried them and I really, really want to. That’s not likely to happen unless I make a trip to St. Louis though. I’ve certainly not seen any here in Southern Illinois.
My first attempt using a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated was less than stellar, resulting in me becoming foolishly intimidated by a pastry. While researching macarons earlier this month, I came across a recipe from The Novice Chef for Fruity Pebble macarons. How could I be intimidated by something that contained Fruity Pebbles? So I decided to try them – using Cocoa Pebbles instead (since there would be a lot of left over cereal to eat).
While these are definitely not perfect macarons, I think I'm getting closer. I’m not at all unhappy for a second attempt. Feeling more confident now, I’ll likely return to the Cook’s Illustrated recipe for my third attempt though. Whenever that may be.