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Macarons!

These are not to be confused with macaroons, which are an almond or coconut-based confection. Macarons are a lovely meringue-based confection that are light, fluffy, come in a variety of flavours and are cute as HECK!

I’ve only tried a macaron for the first time about a week ago. So…as usual, I have to try to make them although I’ve never done them before. I only had whole almonds instead of ground almonds, hence the outside not looking as pretty as they could if the almonds were COMPLETELY ground up. 

I also found that the recommendation of using a silicon baking mat was a bad idea. Or I didn’t let them cool enough (they were still pretty cooled) because they stuck like CRAZY to the silicon. I had also done a batch on parchment paper and had better luck. You can see that a lot of them came out of the oven looking great, but then when trying to get them off the mat they all cracked. :(

As for colour and flavour, I added a few drops of red to the batter to get the pink. I also had some whipped vanilla frosting that I did two flavour batches with for the filling. One with lemon extract (and a drop of yellow food colouring) and one with a mixed berry jam.

All in all, they taste good, but look pretty bad. I think with some tweaking I could get these looking pretty cute!! It doesn’t hurt that a coworker (who has had good ones from Paris) has already said he’ll buy some from me. I told him I need to perfect the look of them first. ;)

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