Since I first started making the popcorn and malteser macarons, I have had lots of practice at them as they are certainly my most popular variety. It also happened to be one of the first posts on my blog and so some, well the majority, of the photos left a lot to be desired.
Even though I have made them quite a few times since, and have always meant to take some more photos, I never did. When the time came to make the macaron tower I thought I would at least get a couple of new feature photos rather than doing the step by step process again.
In case you missed the original photo, this was it:
It was a quick pic taken on my phone as I was heading to work with the container full of macarons. A little bit atrocious.
But since then I have learned a few things, got a better camera (a Canon DSLR) and have built my own light box. I am still learning how to drive my camera properly, but I certainly do get a lot better photos these days.
I have had this ceramic popcorn bowl for years, but it had been packed away in our storage shed as when I moved in with the hubby there wasn’t enough room for all of my kitchen stuff. When we built our new house, we slowly started getting the boxes for the storage shed and I found this bowl again.
Immediately I knew I had to get some photos of my popcorn and malteser macarons in it.
And don’t they look cute! Like little clusters of popcorn, definitely reminiscent of eating popcorn and maltesers at the movies with my friends. I am very happy that I got a few snaps so that I can share them with you.
If you want to see the step-by-step photos, please check out the original post as they aren’t too bad. I do say in the post that I do not sieve the mixture, but since I got my food processor back up and running (after being a bit too hard on the gear and breaking the bowl and lid… oops), I have started running the almond meal and icing sugar through the food processor and then through a sieve to get nice shiny and smooth shells. A little bit more effort, but apparently people who have been using the method know what they are talking about and they turn out brilliantly.
I will also be changing how I add the popcorn to the shells. Previously I sprinkled the popcorn over the shells after they were piped. Most of the time this works, but the odd shell tends to burst when cooking which doesn’t make it look very attractive. Next time, I will be brushing a little butter over the top of the shell and then sprinkling the popcorn on and hopefully it will stick.
Given there is no recipe card on the original post, I thought I would add one below for you just in case you want to give these bad boys a go yourself.