Thursday, 1 October 2009

baked, iced, dusted and decorated


For anyone who now has a macaron craving but has no hope of getting within 100 miles of Laduree, why not try making some at home? I have yet to brave it myself but a Thursday seems like a great day to start.

The best place to learn? My absolute favourite blog for eating pretty Cannelle Et Vanille. Aran has a fantastic archive of recipes where you can spend the afternoon getting lost in her beautiful world where a sweet tooth is rewarded with a daily fix of all things baked, iced, dusted and decorated.

Here is Aran's stunning recipe index

All images Cannelle Et Vanille.

ps. if anyone actually makes any or has in the past, be sure to let me know how you get on!

15 comments:

Rose said...

I'm going to try! I can make something tasty but my fine cooking skills aren't much but it's all about trying right!

Lana said...

How beautiful?! I LOVE macaroons, have been wanting to try and make some for ages now!

Dionne said...

oooh the graceful macaron. It reminds me of a ballerina. Soft and delicate, but yet strong enough to hold together long enough to melt in your mouth!

Erin said...

I have not tried yet-- too scared! But I did buy an all-macaron recipe book in Paris this summer. The recipes are chock full o' warnings about how hard it is to make the little gems, but one day I will muster up the courage to actually give it a whirl.

I love Laduree, too, but I must say that the macarons at Le Bon Marche put Laduree's to SHAME! They are to die for! However, give me the white-glove service at Laduree over the surly staff at Le Bon Marche any day!

Suzanne said...

that would be me! no macarons in sight. i do have plans to try to make them ONE day... i think it will be a good weekend project for me :)
that is one of my favourite food blogs! sooooo pretty and yummy :)

Bells said...

Oh my goodness that site is too lovely! Thanks so much for posting the link - a feast for the eyes and the imagination!

tam said...

I think you should start and make some Tamzin friendly ones! x x x

Meg Webb said...

You made my autumn!

Michelle said...

I have all the ingredients in the cupboard for this exact purpose, but have yet to get the courage to try these beaut's... maybe this weekend?

Heather said...

Ha, we tried this once, it was a disastre!! Except that it was also really fun to do. I say stick with the cannele! Even though you have to buy a special pan, it's worth it.

http://malcolmsisters.blogspot.com/2009/03/then-it-was-all-okay-again-better-than.html

a little something... said...

I don't think I've ever eaten a macaroon?! How can this be? Maybe they're not around as much in Australia..I will look out for them now though! :)

Rhianne said...

I made some a few months ago before I even had one from laduree and they were so tasty! They didnt look as pretty but they were probably yummier than the Laduree chocolate flavour...

http://fortheeasilydistracted.blogspot.com/2009/07/chocolate-macarons.html

Mathyld / encore petite said...

I tried and they were OK. But I thought they didn't worth the time we spent ...
But I'll give it an other try : everything is simpler, on the second try !

Best from Paris,
x x x
___mathyld___

PS : You can read about my try, there http://encorepetite.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/mission-macarons/

i am zoe said...

Did you give it a try? I remember spending half a day in the kitchen experimenting with different recipes, following all "useful" hints i could find on the net. But finally i had to give up. The fillings are easy, but the shells never worked out the way they're supposed to. Those damn feet just did not want to appear.

Luckily we have a lovely confiserie here in helsinki that makes beautiful and tasty macarons.

Cheers from helsinki
pfui xx

Angela said...

I've made them before- a long time ago, and I remember them being pretty difficult. But I'm feeling inspired to try again...!