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Madagascar Vanilla Macaron

22 Jun

Hi guys! I’d been MIA forever! What have I’d been doing? Pretty much I did anything but baking macaron. I know, it was sad. The last batch I made consisted of a little over 100 macarons for a wedding and since then, I got a little overwhelmed. As much as I love baking them, I hit a road block where I like a break to get my inspiration intact and just to make sure I still have fun making them.

Anyhow, the 100 macarons I made was a little challenging considered I made them in my home kitchen, and it was toward end of the week on top of my full time job. The batch also consisted two different flavors–Madagascar vanilla and raspberry. I will give you tips on time management and what you can do to prepare everything and get them out on time in future posts.

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In the mean time, the wedding batch consist of one of my favorites (and according to my friend, also the crowd’s favorite that night), Madagascar vanilla macaron.

The recipe is just the basic Italian meringue way, found in my earlier post hereMINUS the green tea powder and food coloring.

For the buttercream, here is the recipe:

Madagascar Vanilla Buttercream

[Ingredients]

1 cup butter, room temperature
4 cups powder sugar
3 tbsp Madagascar Vanilla extract

[Instruction]
1. Sift powder sugar, and set aside.
2. In a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat butter until soft and fluffy.
3. Add in powder sugar a cup at a time.
4. Add in Madagascar Vanilla exract
5. Beat until soft and fluffy. Use spatula to scrape down the side of bowl occasionally.
7. Ready to use.

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They look so simple and clean. But as always, fill with big flavor! I hope you enjoy it!

Macaron Take One

21 Feb

I looked through my macaron books every week because I admire the works and photos in them so much. I wanted to bake macaron since the first time I had a bite of it, but I was a little intimated. The very first macaron book I bought was I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita. I bought it right when it came out, and it took me awhile to find it because it was sold out everywhere. I flipped through it over and over, and made sure I read every single word in it. I always hear that macaron consists of just a few ingredients, but the process is complicated. I finally have the courage to make my very first batch, EVER, on December 27, 2011.

The following macaron was made with the recipe from the I Love Macaron book. I started with a vanilla one because I want to make sure the simpliest flavor works before I move onto other flavors that requires other ingredients.

They don’t look perfect, but they are round enough and crunchy enough on the outside and chewy enough on the inside for the first time. It was a nice batch that I test my oven temperature and such. I didn’t experience any troubleshoot at all. It’s such excitement to know I am capable to do it.

I took my first step, and now it’s time to embark on this macaron adventure!