I was always dreading getting as far as week four because of Macarons, what's wrong with good old fashioned coconut macaroons with rice paper on the bottom, I like those and the image they conjur up of Mrs Overall from 'Acorn Antiques' carrying a wonky tray laden with said delights.
No it had to be the french one's for 'The Great British Bake Off!' I must have made thousands of them I kid you not, but could I get the hang of the darn things. Perhaps I'm not precise or literal enough and my Macarons got a little lost in translation. I've never claimed to have any finess when it came to fiddly things and they're not something you can freestyle with, alter something slightly and you're stuffed. I like to be able to add a little of my personality to by baking, a little heart but maybe my heart was just not in it, I don't know but what ever the reason, it was never going to happen for me.
My flavours however, did win them over, Paul really liked the coconut and pineapple and Sue thought that the chocolate and lime were in her top 3 favourite bakes from both series, so I did get something right.
Coconut & Pineapple
Coffee & Walnut
Chocolate & Lime
The Pistachio & Chocolate Biscotti also went down well, Paul said he would have liked more nuts (I'm saying nothing!) but the bake was perfect and Mary said I'd been very clever for getting it so right. They have also now given me my first ever credit on the BBC Food website, Woohoo, it's like having my name in lights and makes me grin broadly.
90G Plain Flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
20g Dark Chocolate Chips
½ tsp Vanilla paste
In these I've used half pistachios and half hazelnuts along with chocolate chips. You can add all sorts to change the flavours. Use different nuts, macadamia, pecan, almond or dried fruits such as cherries, blueberries and cranberries. If you want add flavours like coffee, orange or cinnamon there are no limits.
I'm off to make some coconut macaroons now, where's the rice paper?