August 22, 2009

Macarons for barter...

My friend Jessie just returned from a whirlwind month-long tour of Asia with her family. She's a great photographer, so in exchange for teaching me some DSLR tricks and tips I'm making her macarons and chocolate chip cookies. I think it's a fair trade.

Jessie's never tried my macarons before and I hope she likes them. Made her some classic flavors (lemon poppy-seed, pistachio and chocolate) and one I've never made before, mango. I added finely ground freeze-dried mango slices to the macaron batter and mango puree to the buttercream filling. It's a fine line between adding enough puree to get that mango flavor but not so much that the buttercream separates...think it turned out ok.

Still not satisified with the chocolate macaron, so my search continues. Tried several recipes but have gotten inconsistent results across the board: too brownie-like, no feet, super thin crust. When they say macarons are finicky they're not kidding and chocolate is, by far, the diva of them all. It's frustrating, but I'm determined to get it right...come hell or high water. I'll definitely be rejoicing when that day comes.


  1. Anonymous8/23/2009

    Hi T, Love the photos! and the macarons look great too! Ex

  2. Tusen takk E! Wish I could send some to you in Norge, but I'll pack some for New Years.

  3. The photos look fantastic! I think it was a fair trade indeed.

  4. Anonymous8/28/2009

    The photos look amazing. Good job with the background also. Can't wait to try some of your macarons for New Years. AM

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