Can you feel the love tonight? I quoted the Lion King because that song is so darn romantic and love is definitely in the air…well more like Valentine’s products are being sold everywhere you go so it’s hard not to get into the spirit!
I was in Granville Island 2 years ago and one of the bakeries there sold these colourful round shaped “cookie things with stuff in the center”. My boyfriend told me that it was a macaron, a French pastry that I should try. I asked for one of each colour, took a bite of the flaky crust and the buttercream filling melted in my mouth…errmm what just happened?
I instantly became OBSESSED with macarons. Not only did I have a sudden urge to go search for other bakeries and coffee shops that sold them, I had to learn to make them. I would highly recommend Soirette for the wide selection in flavours and Thierry for the fresh fruit-centered macarons.
Once I became an expert at eating them, I purchased books on macarons, took a macaron baking class and to date, I can comfortably estimate that I’ve baked a few hundreds to family, friends and of course, my sweetheart.
What I haven’t done yet is get creative with the shapes of the Macarons and what a perfect way to make it look extra special. Who doesn’t love hearts! I found this lovely blog that has beautiful photos and a great recipe. Go big or go home! Here it is: Heart Shaped Macaron Recipe.
I would like to emphasize is that if you want to achieve a deep red color, you’ll have to use gel food coloring. Otherwise no matter how much liquid red you use, you’ll forever see pink (and that’s okay too).
When you are done piping the batter, make sure you give it enough time to dry. How do you know? You’ll lightly put your finger over it and if it doesn’t make an imprint, put them in the oven 🙂
Let me know what your favourite dessert place to go to is or what you like to bake.
I’d love to hear from you.
Teresa QuachEats, Macaron Lover