I have been practicing for quite some time to make perfect macaroons and this year I decided to make them for our lovely niece (whos name we drew for the Christmas pressie swap). I was soooooo excited when I saw them cooking in the oven (pretty sure I squeeled). There were no cracks, the 'feet' were forming and they just looked beautiful. When I took them out of the oven I was super excited to see they were just as they should be crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle.
For those of you who have made or even tried to make a macaroon you will understand just what a wonderful thing it is when everything works just as it should (especially given the time they take to make - a bad batch is heartbreaking).
Our recipient loved them. Now I am off to make some more for a spoilt little birthday girl. Fingers crossed they turn out like this batch - wish me luck!