When I traveled to Paris for the first time in 1997, I was introduced to macarons. They are amazing little almond meringue confections with endless varieties of fillings. If you've never had one of these you are truly missing out. The December 1996 issue of House & Garden magazine published a beautiful article, "Cookie Fortune" which included the history of the French macaron, photographs that I have been tempted to frame, and a recipe from patisserie Ladurée. I found that recipe and the procedure totally intimidatiing. I filed it away, only taking it out occasionally to admire again the photographs of the beautiful, pastel-colored marcarons. As I've become more involved in visiting pastry-themed blogs, I've realized that the French macaron does not have to be intimidating and is something that can easily be made at home, and has been on my growing list of "things I need to bake". In fact, it has been on my list for quite a long time, but a photograph that was posted by Corey of Tongue and Cheek was what finally inspired me to set aside a morning for my first attempt at making macarons. I am now hooked and on the way to further experimentation.
4/8/2009 11:25:04 pm
These look fantastic. I've got to try making these.
4/16/2009 07:14:07 am
Hi Eileen - thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I definitely did have a bit of a 'macaron run'. Your first attempt is really, really good. I wish my first ever batch turned out that way. You must have a good instinct. I didn't have much luck with the French method you used, but if it works for you, you can have so much fun straight up experimenting with other flavours - instead of me, having to spend time actually making the thing work! Look forward to seeing more of your macarons. :)
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