Who doesn’t love Pinterest? So many different ideas all at the touch of a button. Pin, pin, pin and all of a sudden you have a million potential projects and you don’t even know what you have gotten yourself into. If you’re anything like me, this has been your experience. And if you’re anything like me, some of your attempts to recreate the fabulous creations you see on Pinterest just don’t turn out right the first time around.
This is the story of one such experiment. Let me preface this by telling you that I am an experienced baker. I am in the process of starting my own bakery. So when I found a Coconut Raspberry Macaron Recipe on Pinterest that I decided to try. So I read it carefully, I went out and bought all of the ingredients. Then I jumped right in and tried my hand at it.
Oh boy, should I have done my research. My first attempt was so disastrous that there is no photographic evidence. They we flat, charred and inedible. I chucked them into the trash the moment they came out of the oven and tried to pretend they never happened. Then I went back to the drawing board.
I first checked to see if anyone else has tried the recipe. They have. They loved it. So clearly the problem was not the recipe itself. Then I looked at several tutorial videos on how to make macarons. Not sure if you know this, but macarons are known to be one of the most difficult cookies to make. So I watched and I got pastry bags and printed off a diagram so I made each one uniform in size. And I tried again.
The second attempt was a lot better. Edible and consistent. But, they still weren’t quite perfect. So I decided to try just one more time and finally I had the perfect macaron. So here is my advice to you when it comes to Pinterest fails. Perfection doesn’t happen overnight. When you’re trying something new, you may have to try several times before it works. And there is nothing wrong with that! Don’t get discouraged and don’t give up.
First thing you should do if your attempt at a Pinterest creation doesn’t work is do your research (if you didn’t already). Has anyone else tried it? What were their experiences? Did you follow the instructions correctly? If nothing is wrong there, look to see if there are any tutorials on how to do whatever it is properly. Then all that’s left is to try again. Don’t give up easily. And just know that the first pancake always gets thrown out! Good luck on all of your Pinterest projects!