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I know how to make macarons, what’s next?

Macarons at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Right, so macarons. I guess you could say I know how to make them. They mostly turn out (although I have a new oven so I am learning my recipes all over again – more on that soon). And when I teach classes, people often ask me “What’s Level 2?”  Typically my response will be something along the lines of “Go away and practice making macarons until you know your oven and can make them with a good success rate and then come back and talk to me!”  Because learning how to perfect the macarons is a lot to do with practice. But what if, like me, you have more or less mastered them? Where to go?

Why to La Cuisine Paris for their new Macaron Decorating Class of course!

Chef Diane at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comLed by the lovely Diane who is just fun as she is knowledgeable, the class is three hours long and incorporates learning to make Italian meringue macarons, as well as three ganaches to sandwich your shells with…

Ganache for filling macarons at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comMaking Italian meringue macarons at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comKitchenAid Stand Mixers on eatlivetravelwrite.com

Though the class is not technically geared towards complete beginners, in the class I took, I was the only seasoned macaron-maker and there was one other woman who had taken the La Cuisine basic macaron making class – two days earlier! For this reason, Diane spent a good amount of time teaching the basic method using Italian meringue which I appreciated – even seasoned macaron-makers need refreshers every now and then!

Italian meringue macaron batter at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

For me, the thing with Italian meringue macarons is getting the batter “just so” – it’s so much stiffer than French meringue macaron batter… Diane showed us how to check for the right consistency…

Diane leading macaron class at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

And then we got to piping. The thing with “Level 2″ macarons is that you need to get the piping right at a “Level 1″ stage first… Diane made sure that we all got a lot of practice piping regular shaped macarons first…

piping regular macaron shells at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

We made sure those were baked to perfection…

Perfect macaron shells at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

And then we were allowed to get creative!

Piping multicoloured macarons at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

I personally was a fan of the two-tones round macarons and my baking partner (the woman who had just taken the basic class a couple of days earlier) was intent on perfecting her regular shaped shells so we made a great pair – she got to practice round macaron shells and I got to play with colours ;)

Macaron decorating class at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

As well as piping macaron batter in different shapes, you can also decorate the shells after they have been baked with a variety of methods using decorating equipment (i.e. piping words and designs with chocolate, decorating with food markers, using colour dusts and shimmers). It was a lot of fun!

Decorating macarons at La Cuisne Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

And the end result? (apologies for iPhone photo!)

Decorated macarons at La Cuisine Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com

A beautiful box of macarons that I took to a dinner party the next night. Oooh and Aaahs ensued ;)

If you’ve baked macarons before, this is a great class to further your knowledge. If you’ve not baked them before this will set you on the right road but be aware that you should probably practice plain macarons in your own kitchen before you attempt these (even though you will be totally inspired and excited to make fun shapes and colours!). Or, you know, you could always take another macaron class at La Cuisine Paris while you are there ;)

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Disclosure: I was a guest of La Cuisine Paris in the macaron decorating class. I was not asked to write about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are 100% my own.

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15 Responses to I know how to make macarons, what’s next?

  1. Angela September 10, 2013 at 08:02 #

    This will sound pretty ridiculous but I have never had a macaron. There is no reason why I haven’t tried one yet. I want to try one of the two-tones. Send me one please.

  2. Paula September 10, 2013 at 08:45 #

    No better place to advance to Level 2 than at La Cuisine Paris! Wonderful and fun looking macs :)

  3. Vicki @ WITK September 10, 2013 at 11:10 #

    This class looks amazing! I’ve got to get some more practice in making macs. How did the flower macs come out?

  4. Coco in the Kitchen September 10, 2013 at 14:15 #

    I love the multi-coloured ones!

  5. yummychunklet September 10, 2013 at 20:45 #

    I still need to tackle this culinary adventure! Great macarons!

  6. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious September 10, 2013 at 21:09 #

    These are absolutely stunning!!

    • Mardi Michels November 10, 2013 at 17:49 #

      Thanks, I definitely need to practice these type on my own!

  7. Cher September 11, 2013 at 10:13 #

    Of course :-)
    Totally {heart} this one.

  8. Shareba September 11, 2013 at 10:30 #

    I love the look of the pink and yellow ones (with the sprinkles), they are so cute!

  9. Mrs. KKB September 18, 2013 at 09:18 #

    I love this – I am hoping to take this class this Christmas while in Paris :) Fantastic Blog !!! Thank you.

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