If you have read my previous blog posts you saw that it took me SEVERAL months to finally get the hang of these pesky little cookies.
Someone recently asked me "Why didn't you give up?". Which was something I never really thought about until they asked me. Why did I continue to make failed batches over and over wasting my time, energy, MONEY, and sanity!?
I wanted to throw in the towel, numerous times, and there were times that I took a break for a few days. (ya... I know I have a problem) I really show have taken a few weeks off to clear my head, but I couldn't bring myself to do so.
I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to take this new art form. I had a vision of being the only EGG FREE macaron maker in my area, the macaron maker that makes the most adorable characters that people can't get enough of!
I started to lose that vision amongst the failed batches and anxiety attacks. I thought it was just me, I wasn't smart enough or as talented as I thought I was. Yet I...
This is a tough for everyone. Especially when you work from home and can work whenever you want to. The temptation of working all day is always there, if you're anything like me my brain never switches off from creation mode.
I am always thinking of new shapes for macarons, new recipes, course ideas, templates I should make, blah blah blah! I could go on forever. So how to a balance this so that I am not ignoring my family? How do I make sure my 2 year old knows he's my everything and still give my business and my students my all?
Well my friend, it's not easy and I have my bad days. HOWEVER I am here to tell you that it IS possible to have balance, it is possible to give your customers your undivided attention and still give your family your undivided attention.
First things first, you need to set a schedule; for example: my availability is M-F 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday CLOSED (ALWAYS) I will ALWAYS dedicate Sunday's to spending time with my family. Anything...
My friend, who we will call Lilly, makes incredible macarons for her business and she makes adorable characters that are adored by all! The details are clean and well put together.
Now you may be wondering why I am bringing this up. Well, when I initially saw her macarons I was baffled. Not because of how beautiful they were but because the way the world of macaron makers perceives them is that there's only 1 way they can be. That is even feet, perfect texture of slightly chewy and a light crunch and full everytime.
I am here to take this burden away from you. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Again for the people in the back. THIS IS NOT TRUE! This was a hard conception for me to take in. I guess I am a bit of a perfectionist and I wanted my macarons to be PERFECT in every way.
Lily, while her macarons were beautiful, in the eyes of another beginner macaron maker, like myself, did not see perfection. The feet were not even. They were very similar to the photo below.
Today I want to share with you the struggle I encountered when I first started making egg-free macarons? Why I think this is important is because you have/may encounter the same problems. It's frustrating and exhausting to make a failed batch again and again.
I first jumped on the macaron train beginning of 2019, I have had my baking for over a decade and though I was hesitant I felt confident that I could make them, no problem..... (WRONG!)
My friends let me tell you, the first out come was a hot mess! They were flat, cracked, crispy and I thought (OOPS) that was my first try I better pay closer attention. So I tried again, and again, and AGAIN. I spent 7 MONTHS having highs and lows and tears of defeat. I was messaging my friend, Meggan with cooking on caffeine, DAILY. (Honestly, I am surprised she didn't block me!)
I would send her photos of all my failures and what I thought was a success and she would help me when she had time to get back to my 100 messages a day. (ok, it...