Wednesday, September 7, 2011

macaron madness

Once upon a time, a young lady purchased this French Macaron book from her place of employment, Anthropologie



She rushed to Whole Foods to buy some fun and exotic - to her - ingredients (vanilla bean pods, almond flour, coffee extract and ingredients of the like) and sped home to bake the afternoon away.


She first made some mint macarons in a lovely shade of mint green. She infused dark chocolate chunks with homemade mint syrup - with leaves picked straight from her plant - to add to her basic almond flavored shells. 




She was oh, so pleased with the taste and absolute adorable appearance of these little treats.




The very next day, she invited her bestie over to try their hands at another flavor - cappuccino. They used rich coffee extract that smelled divine to flavor the shells and also to add a hint of mocha flavor to the delicious dark chocolate ganache they whipped up. The texture of these pretties was perfection and the flavor - exquisite. 




The young lady was smitten again. Addicted, if you will.




On an afternoon that the she got off of work early, she snuck away to Whole Foods again to grab more ingredients. This time she was going to win the heart and stomach of her husband with his favorite flavor. She invited a friend over to embark on another macaron adventure - coconut and chocolate macarons.




She toasted the sweetened coconut flakes, carefully measured the ingredients, added coconut extract to the shells, as well as the ganache (naturally), and got the piping bag ready.  Her friend whipped the meringue, whipped some cream, and showed some expertise in piping. 



Together, they made a masterpiece and quite possible the most delicious tasting macarons to have ever been made. You see, these French macarons not only had coconut flavored chocolate ganache as a filling, but also some fresh & homemade whipped cream. 


Heaven.




Now, all of the macarons have been photographed, consumed, raved over, and dreamed about since then. The young lady probably has a cavity or two, but she considers it worth it and looks forward to the next batch already.


The end.

love.





14 comments:

  1. I love this post! I adore macarons and hope to bake some of my own when the weather gets a little cooler. The coconut and chocolate macarons sound delicious! :)

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  2. I have been wanting to attempt to make these. Yours look so pretty!

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  3. Haha, you're such a good story teller! :) They look amazing!

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  4. I've never had a macaroon. They're super cute! & I bet they taste even better. Are they hard to make? Does it take a long time?

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  5. OH Kim! I have loved following your macaron adventures on instagram! Glad you found something fun to try-- maybe I'll have to give it a go!

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  6. i need to learn how to make these! they're so pretty.

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  7. You are a kitchen genius-they look absolutely beautiful!

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  8. will you send me some of the coconut & choco macaroons?! i need to shove them in my mouth. kthanksbai.

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  9. oh yum - all of those looks SO good! i need to try to make them now since i can't find them around here in the south at all.

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  10. ilene, I'm from the south and I've never seen one in my life except for in pictures. I'm thinking I need to make some too. :)

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  11. I've seen your macaroon pics on twitter and been so jealous all week!!! YUM

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  12. I have not yet attempted macaroons but I might just. Putting it on my fall 'to-do' list right now.

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