Thursday, June 28, 2012

Macaron Dreams

A couple of months ago, a friend took me to a locally famous bakery where I was almost speechless at the beauty of the glass columns filled with pastel macarons in the window.  And then, we were crushed by disappointment, because they weren't actually for sale - they were mere decorations and so late in the day, the edible ones were sold out.  I've had a thing for macarons ever since.

We attended a spectacularly catered birthday party for a sweet one year old girl recently, and it turned out that the professional-looking edibles were hand-made by her mom.  Wow!  I was so impressed.  The miniature macarons were particularly interesting, because if she can make beautiful ones at home with a baby underfoot, then I should at least be able to turn out something lopsided and vaguely recognizable, right?

A piece of me is hesitant to try after the red velvet cake episode.  I'm fascinated by red velvet cake.  It's so rich and tasty, and well, red!  I baked one for my birthday a few years ago, and it was really delicious, but somehow the magic isn't there anymore.  I'm not sure if it was realizing that about ten pounds of sugar and cream cheese go into a little cake, or that the red is entirely from food coloring.  I'm afraid that the macarons won't be quite so special once I know how they are assembled.  We shall see.


mayberry said...

Those are gorgeous! As for red velvet, we have a fave food truck (right here in Mayberry) and its proprietor uses beets to color her red velvet cupcakes. They are delish (especially since they still have the cream cheese frosting!).

appleseed said...

You'll be ok as long a you dong get sqicked out by aging the eggs whites on you counter!

Bob said...

They are great to look at regardless.