Macaroon wars

It started with Rachel, who brought her chewy and moreish macaroons into the office and proceeded to ply us with them – not once, but several times – as she perfected her technique.

Not to be outdone, Monaz – a Leith’s graduate – produced dinky and delicate, perfectly smooth and enviably uniform pink ‘macarons’, with a brittle crust and Nutella filling, for our delectation.

Charmaine was next up, handing round yet more delicious homemade macaroons delicately scented with Earl Grey.

I’d actually planned to avoid this particular bandwagon, but curiosity finally got the better of me and the other week I found myself throwing my hat into the macaroon ring. I spent another rainy Sunday afternoon amusing myself by piping miniature dog poo-esque spirals of meringue mixture onto a baking tray and trying to bring sugar to the soft ball stage with only a glass of water for guidance.

Waitrose provided the recipe. I whipped out the piping bag for another showdown. And here’s the result.

Chocolate pistachio macaroons

Not perfect... but not so shabby either

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