|This is not a macaron Donna|
I did something yesterday that I'm not very proud of.
I ranted on Twitter and Facebook about a bad recipe experience and named and shamed the culprit.
This morning I felt a little ashamed for my lack of manners. But then I got some feedback from friends and fans that they too had had a bad experience with the recipe and agreed it wasn't up to scratch.
If the situation were reversed, I'd be mortified. But then again, I'm a little voice in the blogging net-osphere. The magazine/author I targeted is a household name with 10+ years standing.
I guess what really gets my goat is that the magazine blatantly promotes the fact that they test and retest the recipes to make sure that they're perfect.
I followed the recipe to the letter and even I could see that the wheels were coming off early in the piece. But I was following their recipe and I persevered. In the end I ended up with flat, grainy meringues, not beautiful macarons.
I am a reasonably good baker and I can apply my understanding of baking principles to iron out obvious errors in a recipe. But for most people picking up a magazine and being seduced by the beautiful photos, they follow the recipe verbatim - and on this basis, the recipe should deliver the promise of the photo.
I'm disappointed for me because I hate wasting ingredients on a bad recipe.
I'm disappointed for my girlfriends who will be eating grainy coffee meringues this afternoon instead of di-licious macarons.
And finally, I'm disappointed for everyone who tried the recipe and wondered what they did wrong.
It wasn't you.
Here end-iths the rant.