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12 Days of Christmas :: 2 Macarons

Macarons are one of those things I've always wanted to try but have been too intimidated to. I haven't even tasted one, let alone baked them. From the horror stories to the legends about how hard they are to bake correctly, I put it in the "one day" basket. I decided I was going to finally tackle this fickle beast for this Christmas. I spent many hours researching recipes and advice and all the what-to-dos and what-not-to-dos. The more I read, the more confused I became. There is so much conflicting information, sworn by recipes, refuted techniques. It's enough to make you want to throw in the towel.

After one such evening I finally closed my internet browser and decided that was enough. It's only a meringue. I can do meringue. I needed to just get in the kitchen and have a go.

Turns out, there's a whole lot of fuss about not much.   _____________________
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gorgeous! well done and thanks for making me believe again! my last macaroon endeavour was a disaster on account of my lousy oven!
I love the way you decorated the tower. A very nice and professional looking finish.
The tea-infused white chocolate ganache sounds wonderful. What kind of cream did you use?
I typically use what's called thickened cream. It usually has about 35% milk fat and some additive to thicken it. It's cheap and muti-purpose, so I almost always have some in the fridge. For making ganache, many prefer to use pure cream or double cream -- I'll use double if I have it on hand. It's the sort of thing you can freely substitute to suit your tastes and your budget.
All right, thank you!