Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Cooking Class . . . As A Student

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!


Ginene Nagel said...

What a charming thing to do on a November day!
I enjoyed this post.

Dawn said...

Re. Macarons
French: yes
Yummy: no
Colorful: yes
They remind me of 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

Sandra said...

Such a treat to get a lesson on making those special cookies! They look beautiful and delicious. The beautiful box is a bonus!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

So good to see you have not stopped blogging! Macarons look like such fun. Going to the class with your friend must have been a real treat.