One of my favorite cookies are
They're French, they're yummy, they're colorful
And they're expensive!
And they turned out although I didn't have all the nuances
for making these tasty French treats!
Because of being so colorful they were perfect for Easter
But I also found a source in the city for these wonderful goodies:
A charming little shop
And I would buy a few if I were in the city and near the store
Then on Thursday . . .
I was in Natasha's kitchen!
There to learn how to make macarons!
With friend Vonnie and four other students
Vonnie was the high bidder on a package that included this cooking class
And I was the lucky person that got to go with her!
I felt very fortunate to be included!
Vicki and Natasha were great teachers
And the recipe was in true bakery language
for it was in weight rather than amount!
We . . .
Whipped egg whites
And heated syrup
And mixed the two together until it was the perfect macaron consistency.
We then piped them onto parchment paper . . .
Ready for the oven after they "cured"
And while they rested and cured, we turned our hand at Italian buttercream
for the filling
We chose four flavors:
Champagne, strawberry, pistacchio and almond
Finally, the "tops and bottoms" were done and out of the oven
We piped the filling and made the little sandwich cookies
I think they look quite professional!
And we each got a box to take home!
And my box . . .
Was brought out for tea Friday afternoon
Looking quite professional in Natasha's box
They were perfect for Friday afternoon tea
And for several more teas to come!
Will I make them again!
Definitely . . .
But not for me but rather when I have a tea party and I want a special treat for my guests
For they are a special cookie and not an everyday cookie jar cookie!
But I must admit that as long as my box lasts, macarons will be on my afternoon tea menu!