Learning How to Make Macarons in Paris #NextInParis

Pistachio Macarons

On our first afternoon in Paris the Next girls treated us to a macaron lesson, which was both educational and hilarious (it turns out I should never be trusted to crack an egg – unless you want yolk everywhere!). There are two popular macaron recipes, the French variation and the slightly easier Italian method. We were taught the latter and, I have to say, even following the ‘simpler’ option was pretty challenging. The baking process is long and fiddly, requiring lots of patience and kitchen equipment – so you wouldn’t be able to whip up a batch of macarons on the spur of the moment.

We made two batches: pistachio and salted caramel. And here’s a fun fact for you: the meringue biscuits are always the same flavour, it’s just the cream centre and food colouring that sets them apart from each other (so we were told). The piping bag was the most enjoyable part of the process, and I also had a lot of fun sticking the biscuits together with the buttercream filling.

My favourite moment, however, came on our way home from Paris, when Emily from Fashion Foie Gras accidentally sat on her box of hand-made, perfectly-packaged macarons. I wish I’d managed to capture the moment on camera, as it was the funniest thing ever and I think our hysterical laughter probably annoyed all of the other Eurostar passengers travelling that evening. Life lesson learnt: never store a box macarons on a seat, it will end badly…

Macaron RecipeMacarons RecipeSalted Caramel MacaronsPistachio Macaron Recipe

Have you made macarons before? Do you have any top tips? And if you’re keen to try baking them at home the recipe book Mad About Macarons! Make Macarons Like the French has a pretty high ranking on Amazon.

FYI: We asked, and it is pronounced ‘mac-a-ron’ rather than ‘mac-a-rooon’. So now you know…

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  1. I actually bought a new baking tray to try and make these! I’ve heard they are super fiddly though so we shall see.

  2. Minna says:

    Can’t believe that the actual “biscuits” are all the same taste! I somehow feel a bit sad over this new piece of information, ha! Well you learn something new every day… and hey I’m sure they still tasted good after being sat on 😉

  3. Lola says:

    Amazing!! I have attempted to make macarons several time and although they do turn out looking fairly edible, they’re never as perfect as the ones that I drool over at any patiserre counter. I have tried both the italian and french method, it is a very difficult challenge!! Isn’t it funny that people still get the name wrong, they’re everywhere-i figured people would catch on. It’s even pronounced wrong on GBBO. These look really pretty XX

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