If you're up on the latest and greatest in dessert table party trends, you know the popularity of the little French confection known as the macaron. I've personally stood in lines longer than I'd care to remember in Paris, just to purchase a few French macarons from the world renowned, Ladurée. But now, with the recent release of Mindy Cone's new book, Gourmet French Macarons, I can make and eat macarons in the comfort of my own home, and so can you!
For you macaron newbies out there, I will answer a few questions:
What's a macaron? This delicate & petite almond-meringue based cookie with a soft crunchy outside & chewy inside marries the best of ingredients, which combine under carefully curated circumstances to create a beautiful confection most commonly filled with melt-in-your mouth ganache, buttercream or jam.
Why are macarons so popular? Besides being so delicious, these elegant treats can be made to match just about any color palette imaginable, which makes them a perfect choice for any occasion.
What makes Mindy's book, Gourmet French Macarons, so special? First of all, Mindy takes a unique and creative approach on the classic French macaron. Not only does she include recipes, techniques, styling ideas, templates & decorating tips for the classic round shaped macaron sandwich cookie, but she gives the macaron a modern & whimsical makeover by changing up the shapes & providing ideas for holidays, seasons & theme specific macarons perfect for a variety of events & occasions. In Mindy's book, she shares over 75 unique and creative designs for making your French macarons delicious and adorable. Plus, you'll get over 75 flavorful filling recipes and an included cd that has printable templates to make piping circles or unique shapes a cinch! Making pumpkin, apple, ghost, tree, flower, animal & numerous other shaped macarons just became simple!
Who is Mindy Cone?
Sneak Peek + free macaron circle template download for this recipe!
Want a sneak peek of some of the great recipes you'll find in Mindy's book? Here's her chocolate macaron & chocolate ganache recipes. (**Please note, this has been slightly modified from the book, with some tips, tricks, and terminology excluded.)
Get a free 1.5" macaron circle template download for this recipe here.
Chocolate French Macarons
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