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French Macarons

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Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Creations, French Macarons, Home, Macarons, Tutorials | 10 comments

Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Cherry blossom season 2014 will occur March 20 through April 13. The Washington D.C. festival entices people from all over to join in the celebration. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC on Saturday, April 12, is one of DC’s largest spectator events. D.C. pulls out all the stops with top American and international artists, world-renowned dignitaries, and city officials will combine to make for an unforgettable kick-off to this long-awaited yearly celebration. This year’s performers include Grammy Award-winning singer Regina Bell and Aaron Carter,...

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Vanilla-Lavender Macarons

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in French Macarons, Macarons, Tutorials | 13 comments

Vanilla-Lavender Macarons

Today is my only child’s 21st birthday, her golden birthday. I have created an amazing birthday cake for her, and I promised her I would not post anything about her cake until after her birthday. Her birthday began at 12:01 am today, with me running into her room, jumping on her bed and wishing her happy birthday, and decorating the house with banners, cards, and gifts.  We next spent the day waiting in a 2 hour line to change her driver license to an adult license..the dmv people were wildly excited for her. I will be preparing her favorite dinner, and than she will go off with her...

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Mint-Strawberry Macarons

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, Tutorials | 10 comments

Mint-Strawberry Macarons

This past weekend a customer (M.B.) threw a baby shower for her friend, and she wanted aqua colored  macarons. MB gave Sydney and me carte blanche in choosing flavors. First call was to Sydney, she is the  macaron connoisseur of our shop, within 3 minutes Sydney proclaimed strawberry mint! We had our flavor. In order to achieve the aqua color  I mixed sky vert pomme & citron; however the color turned a beautiful full body green due to the pink color of the strawberry powder. Panic consumed me, MB wanted aqua, they needed to be more blue. After I calmed myself down I remembered PME blue...

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A Baking Year in Review

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, French Macarons, Inspirational, x | 6 comments

A Baking Year in Review

Sydney and I are presently working on a very special post, but in the meantime we thought it might be fun to revisit 2012. We were blessed with an amazing friend who travels home, to Japan, twice a year, and generously brought us back a plethora of cherry blossom flavors. We spent an entire month using cherry blossom extract, sugars, and compounds in array of treats, by far the favorite was the Cherry Blossom Macarons. And Strawberry-Blossom Macarons. This summer Sydney turned 20 and wanted us to design  Butterfly Orchids out of gumpaste for a tiered birthday cake. We spent a good 5 days...

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Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Cakes, Candies, Family Hour, French Macarons, Fruit Desserts, Tutorials | 2 comments

Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

This time of year pumpkins and gourds are everywhere; we plan trips to arboretums to find that perfect pumpkin worthy of carving and placing on or near the front porch. I vividly remember carpooling a car of excited three and four year olds for their first arboretum. Sydney and her friend’s energetic excitement  became contagious and exhilarating; we began going each year as a family.  Sydney and I were reminiscing our Autumn arboretum ritual and thought creating mini pumpkin shaped bundt cakes, orange flavored, would be a great way to honor a sweet memory and have a delicious...

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Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons, The Perfect Halloween Treat

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Mousses and Pudding, Tutorials | 15 comments

Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons, The Perfect Halloween Treat

I am so excited to share this flavor of macarons with you; Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons. Every year in mid September to early October we pick apples and dip them in caramel to hand out to the special people in our lives; this year Sydney and I wanted to create the luscious flavor in a macaron. The fist step was to write down the essence of a caramel apples, the first taste to the last on our palates. That first crisp apple sensation, followed by the sweet gooey caramel, and finally the fleur de sel lingers on your taste buds. Now we had our challenge, to fabricate the exquisite...

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Kiwi Strawberry Macarons, Perfect for Late August

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 3 comments

Kiwi Strawberry Macarons, Perfect for Late August

I was preparing a kiwi strawberry salad when I had an epiphany: kiwi strawberry macarons for a late August flavor. Sydney adores macarons, in fact we always have macarons in our house for her and her friends to snack on. I described my flavor macaron fusion to Sydney, who thought the macaron would be amazing. I was so excited to test the combination, I began to separate my eggs at that moment. Alas I had to wait a few days for the egg whites to age, in the meantime I dehydrated the kiwis. Since most people do not own a dehydrator I will explain the oven method to dehydrate kiwis. Pre heat...

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Strawberry-Blossom Macaron

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in French Macarons, Tutorials | 14 comments

Strawberry-Blossom Macaron

The flavors of summer are some of daintiest, delicate, and delectable of all the seasons. Between the elegant, delightful flavor of strawberries and the exotic, exquisite fragrance of cherry blossoms; a macaron was a definite must. I wish Sydney or I could articulate the amazing flavor sensation strawberries fused with cherry blossom created; however I will do my best to try. As you bring the biscuit to your mouth the aroma subtlety entices you to pause and enjoy the bouquet; but only for a moment or two before your impulses give way and you must have a bite. The taste is gentle; if you are...

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Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Macarons

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in featured, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Macarons, Tutorials | 53 comments

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Macarons

I have mentioned in the past Sydney has loved cherry blossoms since she was a little girl. Living in Colorado there are not  a plethora of cherry blossom trees, but we always had a few cherry blossom trees in our yard of each home we owned,we called them Sydney’s tree. Recently Sydney and I were fortuitous to have the opportunity to taste a cherry blossom cake roll. The first thought I had was macarons, cherry blossom macarons. I asked my host where I might purchase cherry blossom flavorings; I was informed Japan. I thought how hard can it be to find cherry blossom extract.. well very....

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Key Lime Pie Macarons

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in featured, French Macarons, Gluten Free, x | 11 comments

Key Lime Pie Macarons

Macarons are a specialty of ours and a family favorite, Sydney and I wanted to try a new flavor combination, Key Lime Pie with strawberry-lime filling. I think this might be my favorite flavor, the macarons actually taste like a key lime pie in a small biscuit. I considered my colorant would color too deep and I ended up not adding enough, there is always something new to learn. Key lime pie reminds of me of spring time, the weather is sweetly warm yet tartly rainy, resembling the key lime pie macaron. In the last week we have had requests for this new flavor than any other so I am confident...

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Raspberry-Champagne Macarons, A Toast to Love

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, x | 11 comments

Raspberry-Champagne Macarons, A Toast to Love

Sydney and I wanted to create a macaron flavor that screams Valentine’s Day. In the past we generally have a small amount of champagne left over, not enough for a glass, but I detest wasting. I thought champagne raspberry macarons would be a perfect marriage. Valentine’s day is still a couple weeks away so we needed to purchase a bottle of champagne, no need to worry about waste we created a few more recipes with champagne and each of us had a glass ( it would be a disservice if we didn’t verify the quality of the champagne). Choose your favorite rose champagne; you are most...

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Strawberry-Rose Macarons, A Little Girl’s Favorite Snack

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, x | 2 comments

Strawberry-Rose Macarons, A Little Girl’s Favorite Snack

I was writing a check today and asked Sydney what the date was; I couldn’t believe January is over and February has begun. I was reminded of the day Sydney was born, and like most parents I calculated the year she would graduate from high school (2010). That evening, when she was born, while I watched her sleep in our hospital room I wrote letters for the milestones she would encounter through her life; her first day of kindergarten, the first day of middle school, her high school graduation, college graduation, her wedding day, ect… I tucked those precious letters away till...

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Silver Bells, It’s Macaron Time in the City

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, x | 0 comments

Silver Bells, It’s Macaron Time in the City

This time of year we tend to take the baking level to new highs; each year Sydney and I rack our brains for a special festive macaron. This year I was at my favorite food market, as I passed the produce department I saw the most beautiful fresh figs. Adjacent to luxurious figs were deep red cherries, I quickly grab both for Sydney and I to share. While savoring the figs it dawned on me cherry-fig macarons; I shared my flavor combination with Sydney who completely agreed. Fresh figs are a rarity in Colorado. Generally when the markets carry them,they are mealy, but the ones I bought were...

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Shake My Crème Frâiche I Filled My Macarons

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in French Macarons, Home | 5 comments

Shake My Crème Frâiche I Filled My Macarons

In my last post I had convinced Sydney to create Pumpkin-Orange Macarons for a step by step tutorial. We deliberately didn’t add the filling to the macarons in order to show an immeasurable amount of detail with out overloading us and you. A cream cheese filling would be the filling that would pair the best with pumpkin; however neither Sydney nor I are favor to cream cheese. Crème Frâiche seemed apropos, it’s flavor is simple and clean but has a little tang. With the aid of a few more ingredients the pairing is incredible and unforgettable. Crème Frâiche Cream Filling: 1-...

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Orange you Glad I am A Pumpkin Macaron

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 8 comments

Orange you Glad I am A Pumpkin Macaron

I have gone pumpkin kookoo; it is an affliction I seem to have yearly every Fall. I talk Sydney into helping me create recipes with pumpkin in them; being that pumpkin is her least favorite flavor she is quite the baking trooper. Macarons are a staple in our household, and one of Sydney’s favorite pastries. It is hard to believe it has only been 18 months since Sydney experienced an authentic macaron at Pierre Hermes  pâtisserie; in fact, Pierre Hermes was my muse for this flavor (he designs unusual and popular flavors). I have had a plethora of readers ask me if I could break down...

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Pomegranate-White Chocolate Macarons, Baking to Bring Forth Pinktober Awareness

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 4 comments

Pomegranate-White Chocolate Macarons, Baking to Bring Forth Pinktober Awareness

I know I have written about Pinktober before, but this is a cause Sydney and I are passionate about. I think being a mother of a beautiful young women in the prime of her life, has heighten my resolve to find a cure. I don’t want to debate on what research has been done/being done, I would like to see a cure. I haven’t  gone a week without learning a friend, college, or hair dresser who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It saddens me to know women in 2011 are still being given the same treatment as the women of forty years prior. Every year my entire family unit, that is...

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Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 10 comments

Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Besides the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer has to be my favorite season; I love the high temperatures (92 degrees and I am in heaven), long days of sunshine, warm nights, and the aroma of herbs and flowers. Lavender, Poppies, Roses,Peonies, Amaranthus, and Calla Lily; I could go on and on, but I am enthralled  with the flowers that I can use in my baking. This summer has gone by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already August. Between celebrations, graduations, and weddings I had not realized Sydney has been macaron deprived; she had been reminding for a few...

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What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 5 comments

What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

I wanted to compose an article for AskMissA.com which the reader would be intrigued and curious. The French Macaron debate; which method is considered superior has been an issue contention. The tantalizing enchanting macaron has been apart of the European culture for centuries, most like so has the argument of the proper construction of these adorable little biscuits. I have a fool proof recipe for both methods; by no means will my  article stop the debate, hopeful this will put a little light on the issue! In the last five years French macarons have made their way across the pond; I am...

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Girls Day Out, with My Heart

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 36 comments

Girls Day Out, with My Heart

Strawberry Vanilla Macarons Okay, before I begin this post I am warning you this is a “mushy” heart felt post. Anyone who has read my blog knows Sydney is my heart from the day she was born. As she has journeyed through her life, I have been there to help and guide her. If she was hurting, I tried to reduce the pain. However, there are some pains that I cannot reduce. I am having a difficult time with the pain she is experiencing now; she has come to me for guidance. I know through my own journey that the guidance she seeks comes with experience and wisdom of living through the...

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2010 A Year of Change and Growth

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Bobbie talks Blogging, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Drinks, French Macarons, Home, Mousses and Pudding, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 74 comments

2010 A Year of Change and Growth

So much has changed since this time last year. When the year began Sydney was a senior in high school, my husband was still the CIO for CRI, and I had just began dipping my toe into the pool of blogging, (What a big pool). I can honestly say I did not understand this new “blogging world.” The first few blogs lacked structure, the stories were dry, and the pictures I posted were grainy, dull, and the styling was boring. All four of these pictures were shot with a sony point and shoot, in haste, and I was pretty “green.”  It wasn’t as if I never had taken a...

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It’s a Christmas Card

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010 in Cakes, French Macarons, Fruit Desserts, Home, Mousses and Pudding, x | 10 comments

It’s a Christmas Card

With one day to go and still so much left to do, I must admit I  feel like a child waiting anxiously  for Santa. I actually become a santa helper on Christmas Eve Day. Sydney and I run all around Denver and hand out our homemade goodies to all the people who are special to us. I am sure that there are some of the same people in your life, the ones we tend to take for granted. I am speaking of the the postman,UPS driver (I know mine), the hairdresser, esthetician, the group of men and women who graciously pick up our trash, and maybe your favorite restaurant server. It is amazing how a...

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Pinktober

Posted by on Oct 5, 2010 in Cakes, Cookies and brownies, French Macarons, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 72 comments

Pinktober

October is the month that everything, buildings, ribbons, lights, armbands, the decor at the malls, and all along the interstate turn the optimistic lively color pink.  October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Celebrating 25 Years of Awareness, Education, and Empowerment.  Sydney and I have seen friends win the fight of breast cancer and sadly have lost amazing friends to this illness, even one human being losing their fight is too many. Sydney began calling October,”Pinktober” in honor of all of those fighting a diagnoses, survivors, caregivers, family members,...

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How Baking composed My Journey through Photography and learning HTML code

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in French Macarons, photography, x | 364 comments

How Baking composed My Journey through Photography and learning HTML code

  I love creating new recipes, trying them out (on family members first). When my husband came to Sydney and I with the idea of a food blog and website I thought it was a grand concept. I still do, but I must admit I went into this internet “thing” blind. I am not the most computer savvy user (that is an understatement), in fact when my husband and I ventured on The Culinary Calculator, our Iphone application, we both were ready to throw pie at each other. He is culinary challenged (expect for eating) and as I explained am computer challenged. It is a pretty neat...

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My Michelle’s Tea Party

Posted by on Sep 18, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 65 comments

My Michelle’s Tea Party

  The Thursday prior to labor weekend snuck up upon Sydney and myself. Sydney looked like “a deer in head lights” the entire adventure. Yes this is a major life changing event that we discussed all summer long, but reality and actuality are 3000 miles apart (which is the miles between us). Anyone who has ever been blessed with the opportunity to help their child move into the next step of their child’s staircase knows mirage of conflicting feelings that creep in and grab hold of you. I was proud, yet my heart was breaking, I was excited for her, but selfishly lonely...

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The Vanilla Bean

Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Cakes, Candies, French Macarons, Home, x | 31 comments

The Vanilla Bean

Vanilla Pods I just adore those almost black, tacky, fragrant, delicious and “O” so versatile pod. The minute I take one out of it’s glass holder the vanilla pod becomes an irresistible aromatic party for my senses: the look, the smell (of course), and the taste. The enticement to gently squeeze the pod and bring it close enough to my nose to capture it’s bouquet is over whelming. When Sydney and I bake or cook the entire pod is used, nothing goes to waste. The skins are steeped or roasted in the oven and those little jewels, the seeds, are integrated with what ever we...

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Playing with Flavors

Posted by on Aug 14, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 44 comments

Playing with Flavors

I was delightfully surprised two weeks ago when a contact of mine sent me flavors I have had a hard time purchasing. My gratefulness soon turned to ideas for macarons and some recipes I am still perfecting. Of course I sent this very generous person pictures of these heavenly pastries. Pomegranate Macarons with White Chocolate Crème Mousse and Macaron aux Bleuets with White Chocolate Crème Mousse As any one who has ever read my blog knows I have an obsessions with the French Macaron and love to play with flavoring the shells as well as the filling. So when I received an early Christmas...

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Time Flies

Posted by on Jul 28, 2010 in Cakes, Cookies and brownies, French Macarons, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 4 comments

Time Flies

Who else would put chocolate and lemon together and end up with one of most popular macaron flavors? It’s already mid past July and the realization that my business partner and more importantly my daughter is leaving in a few weeks. As I have stated in the past this is one of hardest transition we both have to make. I feel like my heart is leaving for college. It is during this time I pounder if the wonderful and amazing bond we have will cause this new and exciting time for her to be harder than it needs to be. Lemon Souffle I am also feeling that I am being a little...

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July 4th baking marathon with Sydney

Posted by on Jul 7, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 5 comments

July 4th baking marathon with Sydney

As I have confessed in the past I love using holiday weekends to bake with Sydney. We do take time to enjoy the bright warm Colorado sun, and as Coloradans we also hike, bike, run, and walk..as I tell Sydney idleness is a BAD word. I just could not pass this flower in our garden We began the morning with a fast paced walk and a trip to the farmers’ market. Not so true before our walk we had a good pot of espresso, I had a tea cake and Sydney had cinnamon roll made with brioche. When we arrived back to the kitchen, home, we started on some ganache fillings. Since they take about 2...

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A Special /thank you

Posted by on Jul 6, 2010 in Cakes, French Macarons, Home, x | 10 comments

A Special /thank you

I guess its long over due, Sydney and I both need to take a little time to thank Dennis, my husband/ Sydney’s father. He spends countless hours on the computer organizing the pictures I take of  food, plus he helped with the Culinary Calculator. He was the mathematical giant and spent long painstaking days to convert the common measurement into grams for the IPhone, Itouch, and Ipad, plus this app does so much more! He tastes all the recipes we work on, there are some that have not yet been perfected. However with a smile he eats the food in front of him and always pushes us to keep...

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Macaronotized & and Sydney

Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 97 comments

Macaronotized & and Sydney

I hate to admit this new obsession I have: The french Macaron. There are days I find myself off somewhere just dreaming up recipes for new flavors of macarons, I believe I have been “macarontized.” The feeling is almost hypnotic. I am driving Sydney nuts, my goodness its summer, 92 degrees in the shade and I want to turn the oven on to bake macarons! We compromised, I would work early in the morning before the heat becomes too bad! I have been working on Citron Souffle Macaron Shell with a special Swiss Meringue Buttercream, White Chocolat Blanc Shell Macaron, Cerise-Vanille...

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Rose-Strawberry Macaron Macaron with Strawberry Creme filling

Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 in French Macarons, Home | 128 comments

Rose-Strawberry Macaron Macaron with Strawberry Creme filling

The early morning sun is rising, I actually had the opportunity to watch it come up as I ran 5 miles, on my way inside to begin baking. I grabbed the egg whites from the back refrigerator. Now I am weighing them as my coffee brews in the back ground. They have a few hours to hang out watching  Sydney and I bake before we get to them. Each day I realizes how lucky I am to have such a wonderful daughter, who is my friend, confidant, and my only child. I also feel a strong pang in my heart… she, as it should be, is leaving for college in Illinois. I am so proud of her and her...

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Triple Chocolate Macaron

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 24 comments

Triple Chocolate Macaron

This past Monday I worked on a chocolate macaron, I wanted to create a recipe for a macaron that would satisfy the most “die hard” chocoholics. I believe I did, since everyone who takes a bite stops what they are doing and proclaims “wow!” Since I always flavor my macaron shells, chocolate was the naturally progression, most people love chocolate. At first I was hesitant, I had heard from many sources, chocolate macarons were hard to make correctly. My husband and daughter are both chocoholics and really wanted me to at least try. I started with an Italian meringue...

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Memorial Macaron Weekend Grand Marnier Macaron

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 7 comments

Memorial Macaron Weekend Grand Marnier Macaron

  For the final Rainbow of colors and flavored Macarons, we created a Blood Orange Shell with A White and Chocolate Grand Marnier Ganache This concludes our macaron rainbow of   flavors and colors for now.   When I began this Memorial Weekend blog I was so excited to have a full weekend with Sydney, my kitchen, wonderfully fresh ingredients, and time to catch up with Sydney before her high school graduation. I am happy to report the weekend was divine, but time passes before my eyes and in just 48 brief hours she will graduate. I know and want her to move on to the next...

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Memorial Weekend Framboise Macarons

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 3 comments

Memorial Weekend Framboise Macarons

Having very few holidays left with my business partner and more importantly my daughter, I am using every bit of extra time to create fun in the kitchen with Sydney. Sometimes I have to hold my breathe to try and prevent missing one single moment. I am so very lucky we both have a passion for food. When I say a passion for food, I am speaking of baking, creating, sometimes even crying, and most of all watching the people we love eat the pastries and little surprises we bake together. Almost all of Sydney’s secrets have been told to me while we were in the kitchen, our love of...

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Memorial Macaron Weekend Macaron au Citron Vert

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 25 comments

Memorial Macaron Weekend Macaron au Citron Vert

Starting Saturday at 8:00 am, a late start, but it is a holiday weekend. Most of the day was preparing macarons: Chocolate Espresso with a dark Chocolate Ganache and Macaron Framboise avec Ganache blanc et noir My new favorite Macaron au Citron Vert with and amazing Creamy Yellow Pastry Cream. Italian Meringue, egg whites, and sugar syrup ready to be mixed with almond, sugar, and flavoring mixture. This is the Tant Pour Tant , already ground and waiting for the liquid egg whites. Starting to mix the two mixtures to make the macaronnage. Below are the macrons piped out, they need to...

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