When Annie and I knew for sure we’d be getting together, the first thing I thought about baking was macarons. Until making them with her, I had been far too intimidated to make them on my own. After making them, though, I wonder why I was at all hestitant to try them in the first place. It doesn’t hurt that I had an experienced macaron maker there to guide me through the process, but it really was much less frightening than I thought it would be. Now that I’ve said all that, let me just tell you that our first batch of macarons didn’t turn out. We stayed up late and tried again (this time using a recipe that Annie had made previously) with much better results. There is something magical about pulling that first macaron shell off the baking sheet and realizing you succeeded. The fact that I got to make them with Annie just made this experience all the more special.
These macarons were out of this world delicious. In my opinion, there aren’t many combinations better than salt and caramel. If you’re a popcorn lover like me, this dessert is perfect for you. The rich, buttery caramel goes so well with the salty popcorn. There are so many textures in this little macaron that it’s almost hard to believe it’s one dessert. I’m so glad we tried another recipe because these macarons were worth every second we spent on them. Annie packed up some of these for me to take home, and I kept them in my camera bag during my flight. After a particularly long delay, I very nearly broke into them but decided I couldn’t do that to my sweet husband, who, by the way, drove in a terrible storm to come get me from a different airport and left early the next morning to pick up my luggage at the airport I should’ve flown into. Even though these tasted amazing, I’m glad I didn’t end up eating several of them on the way home. Luckily for Eric (and myself), I’m no longer afraid to make these and can’t wait to try more flavor combinations soon.