So, after much whisking and piping and setting and baking and pooffing and depooffing, mine came out yummy but not quite right.
If anyone knows what a macaroon is supposed to look like, then they know that this isn't it:
|my little macaroons|
|chef's macaroon tower|
|chef's other macaroon tower|
Even though my batter wasn't perfect, I loved my little puffs of macaroon heaven. They were filled with anise cream and raspberries. It's easy to get stressed out at Le Cordon Bleu if things that are supposed to poof or grow or expand or rise or fall or inflate or deflate don't. Next time, I'll try to get them just right, but hey, if they don't, as my friend Whitney says, "it's not life and death. It's a macaroon".