I know I’ve talked about my obsession with macaron. Even as short as a few days ago. So, you can imagine my delight when The Simple Baker was offering up their macaron mat for free on Tomoson to put the test. Jumped at the chance is an understatement.
I have several silicone baking sheets. I even have that other, brown, macaron mat my mother brought me from her trip to France. I mean, how official is that? Granted I think these are actually an Italian creation, but still. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love all the silicone mats I have, especially that one from Mom because, well, it’s from my mother! Who thought of me on her trip to France. Hello!
So, this #macaronmat had some pretty tough competition. I knew I could easily put it to the test and give it a fair review. And that’s what I’m doing now. Reviewing this awesome silicone, macaron mat.
I was super excited when I received the package. It came in this handy box. Inside the box, the mat was in a custom fit plastic bag. I initially thought I could store it in that bag, but it was too difficult to even attempt to put the silicone mat back into that bag.
Unlike the other silicone mats I have which I keep rolled up, not tightly mind you, in a drawer, this #macaronmat from The Simple Baker didn’t maintain a slight curve when I unrolled it. Yes, even though it arrived rolled up, it didn’t maintain any of that shape. The older ones I have a slight curve when I unroll them for use. It’s not a big, but sometimes can be a pain.
I love the colors. I’m not usually a pink person, but for some reason, this band of pink on the edge just brightens my day. Maybe it has something to do with the reason I’m taking this mat out in the first place, who knows? I also love the template already printed on the mat. And LOVE that you can make animal shapes with it. That is just too cute and super convenient. Better than my putting some printed templates under the other type of mat, piping my macaron, and then forgetting to remove the paper before baking.
The dot in the center is your starting point. Then, depending on how big you want the cookies, you pipe halfway, all the way, or just beyond the circle. Then add the ears if you want. I may try that next time. Bunnies for Easter? I’d have to extend the ears a bit, I think.
See how uniform the are? You can easily get them all to be the same size. Even with the paper template underneath or the other mat, I still manage to pipe inconsistent sizes. With this mat, I was easily able to keep them all uniform in size and shape.
I decorated these just a bit with a piece of coconut on top. Even after releasing the air bubbles and allowing them to rest, they still stay within the circle and all still appear to be of the same size. That’s the hardest part, I think; when they’re all baked and cooled and you have to match tops to bottoms. If none of them are the same size, then that’s the hardest part of making these cookies.
And hot out of the oven! See the feet? I know. I’m obsessed with seeing those things. But you can see how evenly they baked, too. The feet are almost the same size and shape for all the cookies on this mat.
Now. Here’s the interesting part. I’ve been making these cookies for well over a year now. In all the time I’ve made them and taken them out of the oven I’ve never heard them crackle. Okay. I see that puzzled look on your face. When I took these out of the oven, the macaron on this mat crackled when they released from the mat. Meaning, as soon as they were cooled and ready to fill, the let you know. It was most interesting thing I’ve ever heard while baking these cookies.
And just look at these cookies!! Yes, there’s a few air bubbles in there. I guess I didn’t bang them on the counter as hard as I thought. I need to bang harder. But, they’re so pretty with the feet, the smooth-ish tops, the sliver of coconut on top and the dark chocolate ganache in the center. How can you not want to order this silicone mat to bake perfect little macaron like these?
I keep forgetting to put something decorative on top to the cookies. This time, I remember! I took some of the coconut chips and broke them into smaller pieces. These I placed on the macaron before I let them air dry. That way, the coconut chips are essentially part of the shell. This meant I needed to pipe the same size and shape cookies on the other mats. OR only put coconut on half of the shells on the tray. I wasn’t that smart. I had to make sure to pipe the same size and shape on another mat. Hm….does that mean I need to get another one of these mats? Now, there’s a thought.
With results like this, you can bet I’ll be using this mat every time I bake macaron from now on. Between this mat and other brown one, I think I’ll set on silicone mats for macaron. Now, I just need pans!!
I know. I’ve teased you with images of these beautiful cookies. You can hope on over to Burlap Kitchen to check out the recipe and read all about it.