Remember a few months ago I wrote about making vanilla extract at home? It is time to let you all know what happened with my little experiment.
The experiment worked fantastically (is that a word?). This past Wednesday there was a potluck for DC food bloggers, and I decided to bring dessert. Instead of making my famous flourless chocolate cake, I decided to make macaroons and used my home-made vanilla extract.
The vanilla extract smelled amazing! And it tasted even better. Here are the macaroons right out of the oven:
But they did not look impressive and fun enough. I decided to dip them in chocolate. Since the macaroons are naturally sweet, I decided to melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a bit of butter. Instead of doing this process in a double boiler, I decided to cheat a bit and microwave the mixture at 30 second intervals. At first everything was going well, but then the chocolate turned into a paste! I panicked and thought about trashing the chocolate and using some extra chocolate chips. But, after the melted chocolate sat for a bit and I stirred it again, it magically looked fine!
I put the melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag, snipped a little piece of the corner and "drizzled" the chocolate over the macaroons: ta da!
Question for you: do you ever add anything to your macaroons? I was thinking about adding citrus zest or dried cranberries, but Anna thought it sounded gross :) You be the judge!