Macaron Making Workshop

Friday, May 16, 2014 16 0

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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!

 

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The gorgeous sweet table set-up.

 

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Another pretty shot of the sweet table just because it’s too pretty not to share twice.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The fabulous instructor showing us proper piping techniques.

 

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Making of the shells.

 

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Getting a little fancy with some heart shaped macarons.

 

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Look what I made!

 

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My baking buddies for the night, Ashley and Alex.

 

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The final product.  We each were able to take home over a dozen of these delicious bad boys.

 

 

 

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16 Comments
  • Heidi
    May 16, 2014

    This looks amazing! My goal is definitely to learn how to make macaroons.

  • Gaby
    May 16, 2014

    They look amazing! SO sad I missed this!

  • Rachel
    May 16, 2014

    I want to learn how to make macarons- I’ve heard it’s pretty hard. But the pay off is sooo worth it

  • Adrienne
    May 16, 2014

    Amazing!!!
    Such a cool workshop!
    Wish I was back home so I could take it!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

  • Marta C
    May 16, 2014

    What a great workshop-the macarons look delicious!!
    Marta xo
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  • ania
    May 16, 2014

    mmmm!! So cute <33333333 it' s delicious <3333333333

  • Kathleen
    May 16, 2014

    YUM! I want to do this!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  • Jessy
    May 16, 2014

    I’ve been wanting to take classes there for a while! Looks like you had a great time. I love that you can take your creations home. Yum!
    jessydust.com

  • susan
    May 16, 2014

    This looks like so much fun! I have an amazing recipe for them but have too afraid to attempt.

  • andréa
    May 17, 2014

    this looks awesome! cooking classes are so fun and these look awesome!

    -Andréa

    VA DARLING

  • Jackie
    May 18, 2014

    Those look incredible!! I have to give a class like that a try, because I know both me and a couple of my friends in particular would have the best time. It’s a perfect idea for a fun girl’s night.

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  • Chelsea
    May 18, 2014

    Ah so amazing! So jealous you can make these magical treats on your own now!

  • Alice
    May 19, 2014

    I’ve never even tried macarons before. One of these days, I will have to give a try.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

  • Alyssa
    May 19, 2014

    How fun! I’ve attempted macarons a few times–they’re hard, but the payoff is so yummy!

  • Jess
    May 19, 2014

    So adorable! This looks like so much fun!

    http://www.highheelstosneakers.com

  • Kassandra
    May 20, 2014

    Amazing! That looks so good! I have had a macaron cookbook for awhile now but am too scared to make them haha
    <3 Kastles