About once a month I've been going to my friend Anne's house and baking. This month we started with the plan to make Christmas cookies. But, we both like to learn (well, unless it's a Zumba dance routine), and neither of use knew how to make a French Macaron.
Well, full disclosure - this is how the time at Anne's was spent:
20% - playing with Anne's cats
30% - eating baked ziti, which I've never had before
30% - drinking hard cider by the fire, because Anne's house is like a resort
20% - baking macarons.
The original plan was the make the macarons and then paint little miniatures on them with egg wash paint. (As I say, Anne is of the same mind as I.) That's why we didn't add any of the coloring you usually see with macarons.
And that's how we learned WHY color is added to macarons, especially when you put chocolate ganache in the middle. If you don't add the color they look just like mini hamburgers.
They still tasted awesome.