This past week my best friend Janine sent me a precious box of Ladurée macaroons for Valentines Day, while I was at work. It was the most pleasant surprise which caused a bit of confusion and a minor fight with the boyfriend (hehe) since the note was signed "love, me." After some snooping around I figured out that this delicious sentiment was from my bestie. I mean it kind of had her name written all over it, I should have known better. Just look at that packaging, how special!
I have been researching how to make macarons for months now... the results have been discerning. Every blog and website have reported that these sweet little sandwiches are a force to be reckoned with. I have seen the worst of the worst and many failed attempts scattered all over the internet. What I have gathered from my research is that macarons are a very finicky treat and are always unpredictable. C'mon though, thats not gonna stop this girl!
The search was over, I finally found a very simple french macaron recipe that seemed easy enough to take on. So I tried it! Whats the worst that can happen, right? I have been dreaming of this day for so long and anticipating what would happen. Lucky me! I actually did it! They came out pretty good, especially for my first attempt. My next try I will rock it, no doubt!
French Macarons ;)
But first, a green juice to keep ya going! I have an obsession with these Blue Print juices!
1. Grind the almonds in a food processor - or a NutriBullet, like I did. Sift to get rid of any large pieces or lumps. Then, sift the powdered sugar together with the ground almonds - sift, twice. Did I mention you should sift the ingredients twice. I believe, this is KEY! You want your dry ingredients to mimic flour - see below.
2. In a stand mixer, whip the egg whites and sugar - I use my Kitchen Aid, her name is Milly. Beat for 3 minutes on 4 - speed, then 3 minutes on 6 - speed and another 3 minutes on 8 - speed. After the ninth minute you can add flavor or food coloring if desired and beat for another minute on 10 - speed, a total of 10 minutes. Yes, that is correct, although I know it sounds like a long time. The batter should be fluffy and form stiff peaks. At this point, you could flip the bowl upside down and all ingredients should stay inside the bowl without dripping out. Look at that white fluff!
3. Fold the dry mixture into the meringue using a spatula. Don’t overmix! Pour the folded mix into a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
4. Pipe out round dollops onto parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Place in the oven at 320F for 12 minutes. At the 6 minute mark turn the pan around and let the reverse side bake evenly. Take out, let cool and remove from parchment paper. Add swiss buttercream filling and sandwich together.
5. Just for fun and because it is Valentines Day I decided to write words of endearment on each macaron, just like traditional candy hearts! Why not?! I am lucky enough to have received my gourmet edible markers just in time! Gotta love Amazon Prime!
The next time I make them I will make sure to purchase all the right supplies such as the proper silicone molds and piping bag. I found that the tops of my macarons were not flat or smooth enough as I would have liked. I think using the proper supplies will eliminate this issue. I can't complain though, everyone seemed to enjoy them very much and they tasted spot on!
I decided to bring the macarons and some DIY cards I made for a pre Valentines Day gathering with my girls last night. Of course Janine out did herself and totally one-upped me with her V-day gifts for us! She's the coolest and always picks the best gifts - Prosecco and St. Germain! Thanks Janine! It was the best night just catching up with them since we don't get to see each other very much anymore. It was a night full of laughs and snacks - my two favorite things! Check out the fun!
DIY Valentine cards! I found this set at J crew a few weeks back and almost forgot about them, so glad I remembered. They came out so cute!
I just LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about these miniature milk carton containers. I have used them before and think they are just the cats MEOW! I found these on sale at Michaels for $1.67 for 12. Can't beat that!
Happy Valentines Day, everyone! xoxo!
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