So I have had a week. I even checked to see if Mercury was in Retrograde but apparently it’s not. Anyways I have wanted to share a blog post all week but apparently my computer and phone are not compatible anymore?! I am very limited in my technology knowledge and I definitely learned that this week when I broke down because I couldn’t get my photos off my phone onto my computer. Luckily Dave saved the day and backed my phone up and saved everything so I don’t risk losing all my photos. Next step is uploading all my photos onto his computer and then putting them onto a USB then putting them on my computer sigh. Somehow I had some photos on my computer so I could finally write a blog post before we do all that tech stuff I just said. I’ve also been debating whether to keep my blog or not. I love writing it but I feel like I am not paying as much attention to it as I used to and I feel bad for you guys, my readers. Decisions. decisions, decisions. I feel like this is a major creative outlet for me but I also feel like it can be a burden at times, anyone else feeling like that these days? Anyways enough about me, onto these delicious macarons!
So I made these macarons at the beginning of summer for a little staff picnic we had at the bakery. I like the chance to make macarons and change the flavour combinations and summer is the perfect time for that. It was strawberry season at all the local farms so I thought why not take a classic dessert Strawberries & Cream and make it into macarons. I’m still working on my technique for macarons, they are not easy but when you do make a perfect one it is so satisfying! Some of these were a little lopsided or lumpy but they all tasted delicious and were a major hit with my coworkers. I definitely want to make them again, maybe with some fall flavours or even Christmas themed macarons (don’t judge me for thinking that far ahead!) I’m really enjoying baking with fall flavours already, this weekend I did a test recipe for work for Cinnamon Spice Cake. Hoping to make a Tarte Tatin soon too since apple season seems to be in full swing! Using local and in season ingredients is one of my favourite things to do with my baking.
For the macarons I used my macarons recipe, super easy and simple and kept them cream coloured to fit into the theme. The icing I used for the centre was my usual buttercream icing but I added mashed up strawberries to give the colour and taste of the berries. I didn’t want to use an artificial strawberry flavour because these berries were so delicious. I decided for a change of texture and flavour to cut up mini pieces of the berries and put them in the centre of each macaron before sandwiching them together. The one suggestion I would make for these is to cool your icing because it can be quite soft due to the berries. Some recipes say to leave them for a day for the flavours to really shine through but we ate ours the day of and they were great! I’m going to be posting more baking soon so stay tuned, guess I’ll keep this blog going a little longer!