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Friday, May 28, 2010

French Macarons

School is out. Every summer my children and I make a list of things we would like to accomplish over the long holiday. On the top of the Fashionista’s list was “Master the French Macaron”. Emily of Inside A Black Apple also went on a similar quest and recommended this recipe. You might read through the recipe first to fully appreciate our attempts.

teddy bear tea 015 It might be better apt to say that on our first attempt we massacred the French Macaron. Let’s get started with a fun blooper.

Are you laughing? That was my response to the Fashionista not wanting to talk on camera. Aprons on? Good~let’s begin.

Who knew you’d get a cooking lesson and a wild ride? Sorry for the shaky camera skills.

Whipping eggs whites into submission.

Ya gotta know when to fold ‘em.

Flowing like magma.

Setting up a piping bag, otherwise known as “Baking 101”.

Using a piping bag for the first time and other hilarious disasters.

At this point the instructions said “Let dry at room temperature for 1 or 2 hours to allow skins to form” . So we did, during which time a friend called with a medical emergency (she’s fine) which thus ended our video making. Truthfully, you are probably tired by now  so we’ll save the Italian Buttercream Frosting tutorial for a future post. But the Fashionista continued on in her attempts. While her macarons didn’t turn out quite as perfect as these: cookies They tasted SO yummy. I tip my hat to you sweetie! Let’s have a party to celebrate~ you set the table.

teddy bear tea 012 I’ll invite a few wee guests.

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Grandma Jingles recently sent Herr Theodore Bear to me as a graduation gift. He looks good for recently turning 100 doesn’t he?

teddy bear tea 021 Also in the package was Miss Wendy Ann dressed in her original 1930’s finery.

teddy bear tea 026 Mademoiselle Colette proclaimed the macarons “Délicieux”.

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Delicious indeed. 

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Bon appétit!



Privet and Holly said...

S M I L I N G !!! What a great idea for an end of school year project! I laughed along with you, here. For some reason, my daughter has it in her head that we HAVE to try making a PAVLOVA....! Which, I have to admit, would be lovely once the berries are in season, locally....piled high with whipped cream! Your macron-making has inspired me to find a Pavlova recipe and just go for it! Loved your tea companions and glad they approved of your daughter's efforts : ) Have a wonderful, long weekend! xx P&H

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

the two of you are just adorable!! loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these and loving that teddy bear you got!! he is GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Ressie Malone said...

Your Blog is so pretty. Love the cooking demo! Please enter me for the beautiful tote!

Connie said...

So whyyyyy didn't the fashionista want to talk on camera, sweets?! She's adorable. My problem is I'm 70 and sound like a teeny bopper. Oh, well, I guess I could do my impression of a matronly southern belle! I really do a good impression, chick!! I do, I really DO!

The Boston Lady said...

Hi Laura! Loved The French Macaroon Massacre - wld be a great movie title. Theodore is so adorable and of course I'm partial to Wendy Ann, since that's my daughter's name.

Glad you are having some down time fun. We are in your neck of the woods, but didn't know when we would be here and I know how crazy things have been for you. I hope that perhaps on our return trip we can say a quick hello in early august.

Take care and enjoy some down time. The videos were worthy of many giggles.

Cottage Sisters said...

They look like they turned out perfect! Denise

Kristin said...

Yum! Your macaroons look delicious! I have never bought almond flour before but I do take whole or slivered almonds (whatever is on sale) and grind them in my processor. I have had no problems with doing it that way. As for the rice and beans... I made a ton so I have a huge container full of left overs, so come on over! :o)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, I have seen these here and there on the internet and think they are just fabulous! I didn't know what they were.

You have done a darling and wonderful job with the video tutorial.

I definitely want to try these.
I so enjoy that you are making these as a team effort. What fun for your Fashionista. She did a wonderful job! And please tell her that aprons are the height of domestic fashion!

Please continue this tutorial and let us know how to make the icing!

What a generous giveaway! Please count me in.
Thanks so much! I so enjoyed my fun and informative visit.

Maija said...

How about a big friend join you for those macaroons and tea?!?!

salmagundi said...

Oh! I do love a French macaroon; but, of course, I prefer one from Laduree in Paris. I'm encouraged by your post, as I've wanted to master the making of macaroons, too. Thanks for a fun trip to macaroon land. Sally

Kristen said...

What a great project. I loved the videos and even if they werent' as beautiful as some, the taste is worth all the effort!

nancycreative said...

Those macaroons look so pretty--thanks for the tutorial!

Amanda said...

I've been wanting to make these. Saw them on MSN News and was excited to find out they where glutten free! As I am glutten intolerant. Can't wait to try them out!

Lorrie said...

What a fun way to start out the summer!

Mary said...

You have a wonderful sense of humor and I think your macaroons look splendid. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Loved the videos and thanks for the smiles! What a great 'school's out' project.

Thanks so much for your visit and opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway. The tote looks charming!

Heidi said...

It looks like you two had a great time Mastering the Massacring! The last macarone I had was just awful, I know yours must have tasted delicious since you used all the true, real ingredients.I love your tea party, so adorable and I collect lustre-ware so I covet that tea set!
Please count me in for the giveaway.
Have a fun weekend.
Heidi - Heart and Home

Red Velvet Confections said...

I've attempted making these macarons twice and while they're really good I have not been able to develop the "feet". I am not giving up though. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

MonsterMama said...

Love your sifter! I have always wanted to try making these at home but I'm a big chicken. Your videos make it look so easy, they are beautiful.

MySweetCreations said...

I have been wanting to make these, I am hoping I can get around to it sometime this year! I love the videos, thanks! said...


Je suis sûr que vos macarons goûté délicieux! Cœur des vidéos. Merci pour le tutoriel.

Votre ami,

Carrie said...

What a fun summer project.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

They may not have turned out "pretty" but I bet they tasted great! Great job with the videos! Your party guests are magnifique! Have a great weekend!

Miss Merry said...

My new favorite food show! What a great mother-daughter project! I really enjoyed the video how to and I think your macaroons are just as good as the professional. And the most important part IS the taste.

Your tea party is adorable. I would have loved to attend (as raggedy mary!) What a wonderful collection.

Thanks for visiting me and your kind comments, too!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh what fun! But after watching this, I will stick to the simple Silver Palate recipe for coconut macaroons -- sweetened condensed milk and coconut, mixed and baked.

Like magic.

These macarons are really meringues, just really PICKY meringues in how they must be made... wow, tough. I used to make simple meringues for my kids; they called them cloud cookies.

Your daughter is adorable! AND a very good sport.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Layra,
Your macarons look delicious. And you and your daughter looks like you had so much fun doing this together!
I'm a follower, this is the second time I've become a follower, Blogger just won't let me join in for some reason!
Happy weekend to you,

The Polka Dot Closet said...

that was so fun!! So, after all that I am wondering where would be the best place to purchase them??? that was way to much work, but loved it!


LDH said...

I too have seen these French Macarons many times but haven't given them a try myself. Had a great time watching the video's. Most helpful... the magma explanation :)

Nice visiting with you!
Kindly, ldh

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Thank you for visiting me today. I loved reading about the macaroons. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to make them, although I have purchased them at those high prices a few times.


French Basketeer said...

Hahaha you have me smiling....:) You did a FINE job on the Macaroons!! I would never attempt them myself, but I get that at Pascal's here. Loved the vintage sifter (I use my Grandmother's) and Theodore and the dollies....Have a wonderful wonderful weekend!!

susan said...

Laura-I am impressed that this was on her list--my kids aspired to far mundane goals :) This is so much fun! I think I will stick to my fondant--(the stuff like play doh :) I ADORE the bear and dolls! I'll hurry over so I won't miss the giveaway!

Grace said...

Well done with the macaroons - that looks like a fun project.

Mary said...

Loved the tutorial, my hats off to the fashionista :-) thanks for visiting~

gnee said...

This is right up there with puff pastry...but I'm cheering for you! Working together failing and achieving are all wonderful life lessons and lots of scored!

Natasha said...

What a fabulous cooking I see a new cooking show in the making????

Thanks for the recipe, tips and excellent instructions.

Best wishes,

Linda said...

Oh my gosh, those look sooooooo good!! And you two are sooooo cute!! :) I laughed, I cried, I learned but.... sorry, Laura, I still won't attempt these. ;o) I'm just not into baking but I'd love to eat some! :) ♥

alice wayne said...

and also, i've come to the conclusion i'm the most akward person in the world!

my fingers are tinkling! i want to make more!!!!