Merry Christmas! As you read this, you’ll be hoping that Neil and I arrived in Vancouver in one piece, having had to take four different flights (2 each, so separate) to get there, despite the fact that we booked these flights over 9 months ago. And to think we thought Christmas Day would be a great and quiet time to travel… We’re headed out to dinner at The Sylvia Hotel with Neil’s mum for the best kind of Christmas dinner – one cooked by someone else
My present to you, dear readers, is this post. I am so thankful that this was the year where I learned to finally make successful macarons time and time again, courtesy of Stella’s wonderful recipe/ method (How to make macarons – tips and tricks is detailed here). Thankful that when I decide that I want to make macarons, I don’t have to do the “pray for feet” ritual (well, not much, anyway!). For Christmas, I made plain green shells and filled them with vanilla buttercream…
Red shells speckled with a tiny bit of candy cane dust, also filled with vanilla buttercream…
And (for me) the pièce de résistance – white shells with just enough candy cane dust that they didn’t collapse. Filled with white chocolate ganache (2/4 cup cream, heated until nearly boiling, poured over 350g white chocolate chips – then you stir until smooth and refrigerate until it’s pipeable) into which I sprinkled more of the (very fine) candy cane dust which gave it a light green hue. Mmmm. These were GOOD!
I’m looking forward to more macaron adventures in 2012 but am so happy to end the year on a positive mac note (errr, unlike last year when we had sloppy “tired and emotional” macs)
I hope your holiday season is fabulous – filled with family, food and friends. I wish I could send you all some of my macarons as a way of saying “thanks for reading”
This post takes part in the final Mactweets of 2011!