On the weekend some friends and I went to a macaron baking class at Bec’s Table. You can check out her website and find out information about the other cooking courses she runs here. And just so we are clear, this is by no means a sponsored post or any kind of advertising! I had wanted to learn how to make macarons for so long and when I found Bec’s class I was super excited to sign up.
My favourite macarons in Melbourne are from Laurent patisserie. Your can be guaranteed that they will always be nothing short of perfect. I have such a sweet tooth and macarons are a total and utter obsession of mine! I even had pink macarons made for our wedding! And when we were in Paris, I forced Dave to trudge all the way across the city many, many times just to buy macarons at all of the different pattiseries. By far my favourites were the lemon and raspberry from Laduree and the salted caramel from Pierre Herme! I was so obsessed with hunting down a good macaron that I happily lined up in the queue outside Pierre Herme just to buy some of the gorgeous, chewy, crunchy little bites of deliciousness. I ate macarons under the Eiffel tower, in the Tuileries gardens, on the street, in the hotel, in a zillion cafes, on the sightseeing bus and pretty much everywhere else you can imagine. Paris for me was like one big macaron eating session… pure bliss!
Anyway, as much as I love macarons, the only ones I have ever had the courage to make at home have been the Adriano Zumbo pack ones from the supermarket (which actually don’t turn out too bad I have to say.. although of course not as good as the real thing). I had heard all of the wild rumours and stories about making macarons and they had pretty much turned me off making them myself. I mean who can possibly leave egg whites out for a week? And who wants to lose sleep over whether their macarons will have ‘feet’? And don’t even get me started on the whole almond meal vs. almond flour debate! It was all a little too much for me, so I had put off making them from scratch.
When I saw Bec’s class though, I thought, why not!? And what a great choice it was! Bec is so knowledgable, patient and amazing at what she does. She totally broke macaron making down into simple little steps and demystified all of those wives tales for us. Now that’s not to say that macaron making is easy, but it is at least a little more achievable than what I had originally thought! I loved the small group atmosphere of the class, the fact that is was hands on and we really had such a great, fun day. Mind you, Bec had me pretty much sold when she whipped the most delicious batch of white chocolate and blueberry muffins out of the oven for us for morning tea!
We made a few different fillings – salted caramel (mmmmmm cue drooling here), chocolate ganache and cream cheese frosting. After that we partnered up to make and decorate our macarons. And as if fate would have it, my partner Steph, who I had only just met, could literally have been my twin we were that similar! We coloured our macarons pink and blinged them up with all sorts of shimmery, glittery, sparkly balls, sprinkles and hearts! I could not have been paired with a better matching person!
At the end of the day we left with boxes of the macaroons we had made (plus a few little purchases from Bec’s shop!). I think that one of the best things about Bec’s class was that everyone left with the confidence to have a go at making macarons at home. While they certainly aren’t the easiest things in the world, I feel much better about trying to whip up a few more batches at home now.
If you do live in the Melbourne area and ever want to go to a cooking class, I would highly recommend Bec’s Table – it was absolutely perfect for a girls day out! Now I can’t wait to go to another class!
Have you ever tried making macarons? Have you had any disasters or triumphs? I’d love to hear any tips you have to share…