I am always happy to see when Disney chefs share recipes from the parks and over the years, I’ve tried countless Disney recipes. Over the course of the past 2 days I made the Enchanted Christmas Tree’s for Xmas Eve Dinner, and this was one of the few times that the recipe did not work at all for me. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a stand mixer (I only have the KitchenAid 5-Speed Ultra Power Hand Mixer), or because the Hand Mixer has no whisk attachment (though I can make meringue just fine), or because these ingredients are not givenby weight (very important for macarons because egg whites come in all sizes) or because I reduced the recipe by 1/3 as I only needed 8 trees. In any case, I followed the instructions exactly and the buttercream was fine until I added the cranberry purée (I made my own) at which point it curdled and never got back to normal – no matter what I tried. I let it sit, I heated it a little (got better but was very runny), chilled it overnight, tried to thicken it up on Day 2 with some extra butter and sugar but nothing worked. It was far too soft – almost soupy – to hold a good shape by the time it came to piping. The ganache was also very soft – close to runny and not something that held it’s shape. The macarons were the worst. I let the egg whites age for 24 hours, and again, I followed the timings for beating the whites carefully. I’m surprised that the almond flour wasn’t sifted, as it usually is. I very gently folded in the egg whites and only used gel coloring. The macaron dough was so runny that the cookies spread out and were much flatter and wider in the end than on the picture. More like pancakes really. The butter cream was grainy and far too soft as was the ganache. The taste of the buttercream would have been OK, but the whole thing looked bad and was too sweet for me overall. Considering the enormous time and money invested in this recipe I would not ever make this again. It was a flop.
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