Making Macarons

As part of my birthday present, Dan signed us up for a truly unique class where we learned the real way to make french macarons.

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Yes, those little bite sized morsels of heaven were all made my Dan and yours truly. We had the best time.

Ever since I was at a party last winter, and tasted my first macaron (it was a vanilla one, if you were wondering), I wanted to try making them. Finally, I tried out a recipe I found online.

They did not come out awesome. Edible, yes. Even tasty, I’d say. But I knew they weren’t right. Just look at them.

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Now look at these gorgeous cookies.

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Totally different.

Five minutes into class, I already learned ten things I did wrong when making macarons at home. For starters, I just measured my ingredients using measuring cups. I learned that you always use a scale. Macarons are nothing if not persnickety. One wrong move and your whole batch is kaput!

In any case, we spent a few hours with a pastry chef learning everything from how to properly mix the batter to the amount of filling you should use before you sandwich two of the cookies together.

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I even dabbled a little bit in cookie painting, though these two Illini macarons showcase the extent of my talent.

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We ended up taking home a ton of macarons and I’m sorry to admit, we’re having problems finishing them all!

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I can’t let those guys go to waste. Looks like I have a goal for the weekend.

Thank you to Dan, for finding this class and giving me a wonderful surprise for my birthday.

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