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Monday, October 08, 2012

macarons

So a few weeks ago a local blogger and photographer posted about this bakery she had been to. Bakery  Lorraine. I started reading about it and the pastries looked so tasty. Then I came to the picture of the macarons. I love macarons.  Back when my parents lived in Paris, on our visit there I got to experience them from several different places including the famous Laduree.
Source: laduree.fr via Katie on Pinterest

These are quite possibly now my favorite little treat but until recently I hadn't known of anywhere to get them in town. My mom and I made some together a while back but by together that meant I wrangled the littles and tried to pay attention. My mom had the chance to take a class on making macrons while in Paris so she had the chance to really learn exactly how to make them. I was excited about a place to buy them in town but I'd go broke and it's not exactly close by. So I decided to try my hand at making them on my own. I picked my favorite recipe that I had pinned for them and gave it a shot.


So after the babe was down for her nap, I got the ingredients out - it actually doesn't require many, and got to work.
The important part - exact measurements of everything, using a scale. I found it's really not too difficult, you just have to be exact. 
Once you mix the almond flour and powder sugar mixture with the meringue, I filled up a piping bag and made my rounds. Not as exactly the same as I would have liked but I did okay.  Then we wait while they set for an hour. I opted not to include in food coloring to make them pink this time. 
Once set, they bake for 12-16 minutes and come out looking all pretty and puffed up like this.
Then I mixed the filling up and piped it on and put them together. Delish.
 I think I should have baked them for another minute or two as they were a bit too soft and chewy and not quite as delicate as the "real" deal. My husband laughed when I told him, I didn't think I did them quite right. He offered to eat them all and I could try another batch if I wasn't happy with these. How selfless of him. HA! Despite my feeling like they weren't quite right, they were still down right tasty! 
linking up with I love you More than Carrots today

day 8
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8 comments :

Mommy Mandy said...

These look so amazing!!

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Anonymous said...

OH goodness..this isn't helping my dieting. You made this look so easy.

Anonymous said...

Those are some adorable little treats!!!

Movin Momma said...

Wow! You make these look so easy! I went France earlier this year (24 weeks pregnant) and I could have possibly caused a shortage of these while I was there! Haha! Great job!

Erica Bodker said...

I have never had them and they always look so good! I'm going to have to try them now!

Ashley Paige said...

They are beautiful! I would love to try my hand at making these.. although I don't think I could make them look nearly as pretty and delicate as yours! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing!

Misha said...

These look GREAT! I *might* be brave enough to try my hand at them! Ok, probably not. You did a great job.

Melissa from the Blue House said...

Oh yum!! Those look great. I don't think I'd have the patience.