Making French Macarons
It is known by many that I love Macarons, therefore I was more than excited when I discovered a french macaron class thanks to Verlocal. The class was hosted by founder and chef of Chicago's Bon Macaron, Catherine Cooper. Cooper has earned a diploma in french cuisine and two master's degrees in education, so she was the perfect instructor for this beginners class. Although I was excited, I was a little intimidated by the thought of attempting to make a macaron.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised when class started. Cooper explained that the class would be more of a visual experience of the process of making macarons; I was extremely relieved by this. We made three different flavors: Raspberry, smore's and salted caramel (yumm). We were talked through the process of making the meringue for the cookies, then we were able to test our piping skills. After attempting to pipe perfectly and failing I now have major respect for any one with piping skills (much harder than I anticipated). In my mind I figured that the stencils would make it very easy and I was wrong. However, every single person in the class improved greatly while working on our last batch.
I was amazed by all the little aspects of macaron making that could either lead you to a great cookie or a flop. However, Cooper explained to us that the art of macaron making in your home involves a lot of trial and error. There could be minor tweaks due to over-mixing the meringue, temperature and even humidity.
When they were finally ready to be baked it was exciting seeing them rise and form into little cookies.
The next step in the process was piping the filling onto the cookie which was much easier than the previous piping experience.
The last step was definitely my favorite; sharing our yummy creations. Not only do you leave this class with a large amount of knowledge and tips you also leave with a large amount of macarons. I highly recommend taking this class; it was very fun and informative, Cooper was a great encouraging teacher and lastly you get to brag about making macarons over the weekend!
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