My head is full of things that I’ve yet to blog: my recent trip to Barcelona, a Galler chocolate tasting I recently attended, food and sherry matching with Heston Blumenthal (that was a ridiculously long time ago but it was great and I want to share!) and this macaron class that that I attended last weekend that I will share with you now. So, with all those lovely things, why bump this to the top of the queue? It was great and I want to relive it, I’ve some nice photos of PINK macaroons, and I actually have a recipe to share with you! At last, I hear you cry.
Last Saturday, 15 bloggers gathered at L’atelier des Chefs for a 3 hour macaron class, making 4 types of macarons:
The classic : lightly salt butter caramel macaroon
The original: Porto and foie gras mousse macaroon
Flower power: Raspberry and rose macaroon
Asiatic summer: Lime and fresh ginger macaroon
Now, you won’t have spotted many baking recipes on this site, I love savoury food, and that’s what I spend most of my time cooking. Also, most of my cooking is a little slapdash, adding a little here, and a little there. Baking is very unforgiving of my approach, it’s a science and requires precision, even down to weighing the egg whites, in the case of macarons. Now, my background is in science, I know, so I should enjoy it, but macarons take so much time, and I didn’t want to devote a whole day to them, only for them to be screwed up (by me). When I need to be, I can be focussed and devoted, but a whole day on the weekend for a recipe is a big ask, even if I am only asking it of myself ;-)
So, naturally, the prospect of having a chef lead me through the process was very appealing, also the exciting flavours were attractive. The other bloggers, I know from experience of previous events, are lots of fun, so I was sure it would be a good afternoon, and that if nothing, else, I’d have a feast of macarons at the end.
So, hands up, I wasn’t the star pupil, I am far too clumsy to be, but by the end of the class, I could pipe and slam the tray to remove the air with great gusto! My favourite of the four above were the ones that my team made (really!), for the colour and the gorgeous flavour, and that’s the recipe I will share with you now. The others were delicious too, second favourite was the salted caramel, then the foie gras and porto (would be great for xmas!) and lastly, but still very good, the lime and fresh ginger.
You can read about it on the other bloggers sites too (listed below). View the whole photoset on flickr.
- Helen from World Foodie Guide
- Su-Lin from Tamarind and Thyme
- Krista from londonelicious
- Alice from An American in London
- Lizzie from Hollow Legs
- Tom from The Food Flunky
- Mark from Food By Mark
- Jonathan from Around Britain With A Paunch
- Abi from foodrambler
- Alex from The Princess And The Recipe
- Mia from Urban Foodie
- Shuna from eggbeater
- Josh from Cooking The Books
This recipe serves 6 people. Continue reading