|Amazing breakfast by @ACanadianFoodie|
|Piped Macaron Shells|
The class is hands on and very informal, and with @ACanadianFoodie creating such an inviting and homey atmosphere for all her students, it made everyone feel comfortable and instantly at ease. How could one not considering how warm and friendly she is?
|Lemon Zest for Lemon Macaron Filling|
The main thing we learned that day is the importance of getting the egg whites right. Egg whites are the basis of the shell batter and if the first step doesn't go well - as we found out for ourselves - all the work that follows is disheartening.
|Filling Macaron Shells|
|Me and Beavie with Lemon Macarons!|
This particular butter cream recipe is made by whisking sugar and egg whites in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Once all of the sugar is dissolved, it is put into a stand mixer and whisked until it turns into a meringue. At this point, switch to a flat beater and add the butter a bit at a time until it is incorporated. Next you add your flavouring, in this case one batch was made with lemon zest and some lemon juice, the other batch was made with matcha powder for the green tea filling. Once it's smooth, you can put it into a piping bag.
|Our loot from the class!|
Overall, it was a fantastic class! Thanks to @ACanadianFoodie for being a wonderful host, for feeding us, making the class fun, and giving us great baking and piping tips throughout the class. Thanks to @MirabelleMacs for being such a great teacher and sharing her secrets with us! I am looking forward to both my next Taste Tripping class, as well as my attempt to make macarons on my own.
More photos of the macaronage process at PhotoBucket!
For those interested in purchasing macarons, check out @MirabelleMacs website for ways to order. She can also be found at the City Market on some Saturdays.
For those interested in cooking classes offered by Taste Tripping, check out their website for listings, descriptions, and instructions on how to register.
Taste Tripping by A Canadian Foodie
Twitter: @TasteTripping @ACanadianFoodie