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Evolution Bakery: Le macaron parisien

14 Aug

I set the bakery elves a challenge…make delicious French macaroons.  Delicate, deceptively complicated, decadent…

For a first attempt I was fairly happy.  A smooth, crack-free shell and a passable macaroon “foot”.  The button-to-filling ratio was a little off…the elves were a bit miserly with the filling.  Unfortunately they lost their crispy shell after a few hours and went a bit soft.

We’ll post a recipe (or instruction manual) when we’ve had a few more attempts.  Those pictured are “Rose and Cardamom” and “Almond and Dark Chocolate” and were based on a 1:1.3:1.6:0.8 blancs d’œufs:amandes en poudre:sucre glace:sucre semoule.

We incorporated techniques such as:

  • processing and sieving the almonds a few times
  • drying almonds in the oven
  • using aged eggs
  • resting for an hour to set the shell
  • two ovens, two temperatures
  • stacked heavy trays

Hardly Ladurée but in the case of “le macaron parisien”, failure still tastes fucking divine!

As I’m stretching the elves I have been overseeing proceedings carefully.

If anyone would like a batch, get in contact.  We are going to be perfecting the recipe over the coming weeks and the boys are already approaching their macaroon maximum.

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