Attempts #2 and #3 are in. As you can see, I think I'm discovering some hot spots in my oven! That will be interesting to deal with. The second attempt was going much better and the were developing feet, but as soon as I took them out of the oven, they collapsed. A quick troubleshooting search revealed the culprit - I was baking them on my usual 350F, instead of the recommended 285F. Whoops!
Another mistake I caught (right in the middle), was my failure to see the difference between 118F and 118C... When I was heating up my sugar syrup in the previous two times, I only did it to 118F. You know, not really a big deal - only missed out on more than double the temperature! Oh well, at least I realized that before adding the syrup to the egg whites
Speaking of egg whites, I realized there's no need for aging them. I find the process of aging + straining whites to be quite laziness inducing and demotivating, so when I heard you can just microwave them for 20sec to mimic the aging effect, I went for it. One thing worth mentioning is that the 20sec has to be done in pulses. Otherwise, you might end up with fully cooked egg whites.
Funny story (or not) - for my second attempt, I waited 5 days to age the whites. By the time I deemed them as fully aged and decided to make macarons (which happened to be at midnight), I looked at the eggs and noticed something funny. There were barely any left. The entire thing has evaporated. I was left with merely 2 egg whites. Thankfully, I had some extra eggs in the fridge and rushed to the microwave to age them. I think you can guess the rest of that story. I used up all of my remaining eggs, turned all of them into a solid white mass, and had to send the mister to the store at midnight.
But, after all of those adventures - we have arrived:
I was jumping all over the kitchen when I saw these beautiful feet! I'm pretty happy with the end result, and I think now I will just work on the technique.
Things to improve:
Kitchen Wars is an account of my ongoing battle against recipes and techniques that refuse to work. Sometimes it takes a while, but at the end -
I always win 😉
Enjoy this record of split buttercreams, wasted eggs, and record setting sugar usage.