Oh my love, and total happiness!! I did it!! I made these babies, and they actually turned out. What a good day! Tomorrow Seth is getting baptized and I’m busy today making all sorts of yummy things for the small group that’s coming tomorrow. We’re going to have a crepe bar, a couple delicious salads, some Key Lime Tarts, and these lovely Macarons. I mull over the details of these “after”events for days…….even weeks. I love them. The family gathers for a great event like a baptism, baby blessing, or even a missionary farewell, and then we get to just enjoy each others company for a few hours. Tomorrow is extra special though since Seth and his favorite little cousin Tyler are both being baptized. As Hollie put it, “two for the trip of one!” A perfect day I think!
I have always loved coconut macaroons. Ever since I can remember. A few years ago I first started seeing these little macarons pop up here and there, but it wasn’t until our little vacation to San Francisco last spring that I first tasted a real French Macaron. First off, there is no coconut involved at all, but lots of almond meal. So all a French Macaron really is, is egg whites, sugar, ground up almonds, and flavoring. Not to bad. Then they are sandwiched together with something delicious. We made chocolate ones today and sandwiched Nutella between them. So tasty. We also made lemon ones and we’re going to sandwich lemon curd between those. Light and springy (even though you’d think it was Dec. around these parts today.). So when we tasted our first macarons in San Fran they were a buck a piece. Little cookies not much more than the size of a quarter and they were charging a buck. It was a complete rip off, but I had to have one. James and I each had a delicious little morsel, and I’ve been smitten ever since. I’ve never worked up the gumption to make them before today, but I figured if I at least tried, I would have one attempt under my belt. They weren’t bad at all. My chocolate cookies turned out the best. I folded the egg whites as directed and they worked perfectly. They lemon didn’t look quite as pretty since I got lazy with the folding and I just stirred. Don’t do that. Just follow directions. Both cookies tasted great though.
So now I no longer need to visit San Francisco for my little bite of goodness. I can make them at home. And it saved me a bunch of moolah too. Enjoy! And congratulations to my Seth-a-roni for getting baptized tomorrow. I’m proud of him, and grateful to have such a good little boy! Love his guts!!
(I used the almond meal from Bob’s Red Mill products. It cost about $10, but well worth it. Or you can finely grind some raw almonds yourself. You’ll have flecks of almond skin, but it will still taste great!)