I always surprise myself by how excited I get when thinking about desserts. The thought of Banana Chocolate Cupcakes, Sour Cherry Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, and well, anything chocolate, actually causes a physical reaction in my body. My mouth starts to water, my stomach starts to gurgle and my head feels cloudy with euphoria.
I’m not a great baker (or cook for that matter), but I really enjoy attempting to bake these sweets on my own, although that doesn’t happen very often. I love doing crafts, and I look at baking as the ultimate craft because you get to be creative but in the end you have a delicious sweet treat to enjoy as a result of your efforts. So last week when I discovered a Workshop on how to make the world’s most difficult pastry, the French Macaron, I was shaking with excitement at the thought of someone actually teaching me how to bake these little puffs of air, knowing full well that it would be a disaster if I attempted it on my own.
The Workshop was being hosted by Pink The Town, a great website and events company I discovered through Instagram. They hold different events about once a month in Toronto. This was my first time attending one of their events, and let me tell you, I was thoroughly impressed. The idea was great, the set-up was adorable, the location was perfect, and the instructors were fantastic. I would highly recommend Pink The Town events, and I will most certainly be attending more in the future.
The Macaron Workshop was held at Le Dolci, an adorable bakery located on Queen West. The ladies from Le Dolci were really sweet, and their desserts were delicious. Good news for those of you wishing you had attended this event . . . Le Dolci offers Macaron Workshops along with other classes throughout the year. Check out their website for a listing of their workshops. I’m definitely signing up for their Trinity Bellwoods Market Class, lead by a local Chef. The class starts with a trip to the local Farmer’s Market with the Chef, who teaches you how to buy fresh ingredients. You then bring the ingredients back to their workspace where the Chef then shows you how to create a delicious meal with the ingredients you just purchased. Such a fantastic idea!
Here are some photos from my Macaron Making adventure. I caution you not to view these pictures on an empty stomach. I hope you enjoy!
The gorgeous sweet table set-up.
Another pretty shot of the sweet table just because it’s too pretty not to share twice.
Learning how to make the perfect meringue. I had no idea how tricky it was to actually make macarons, and I’m so glad I was able to learn the tricks of the trade from a professional.
Mixing, mixing and more mixing. The instructor first showed us how to make the macarons, then we broke into two smaller groups and each attempted our own batch.
The fabulous instructor showing us proper piping techniques.
Making of the shells.
Getting a little fancy with some heart shaped macarons.
Look what I made!
The final product. We each were able to take home over a dozen of these delicious bad boys.