Fabu Food Favor: Strawberry and Vanilla Cream Macarons

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I’m so inspired by good food… and pretty pictures. Especially pretty pictures of good food. I stumbled upon this gorgeous foodie blog today. The author made strawberry and vanilla bean macarons.


The little meringue pastries were filled with a home-made strawberry pate de fruit and white chocolate & vanilla bean cream. Um…really? She just “whipped” these together for her camping trip. What? I love (read: am jealous of) amazing/talented people such as Aran!!

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Anyway, I previously mentioned my dreams of having Laduree macaron favors (they come in such cool, novel flavors!) at our wedding… if only they delivered to the U.S. But now I’m thinking, Who needs you Laduree, I have this neat recipe

It would be really great to have some homemade food to gift… given that I’m all like, “Hey I’m a foodie, y’all. Love me.” Problem is, I can’t bake. So, we’ll see if I’ll be able to pull it off. I will try this recipe and test my skills and this cookie’s shelf-life/freezablility.

(I think I need to go drink some hot cocoa and read a book to ease my giddiness now.)

Are you baking/cooking any homemade favors for your guests? If so, what? (And of course, we love recipes!)

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Mrs. Perfume

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DC
Wedding Date:
May 2014

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    Emily, Guest @ 9:47 am

    Have you tried the french macaroons at Patisserie Poupon in Bethesda?? The baker there learned from Laduree!!! They are pretty affordable and can do custom orders. I knew that I had to have me some macaroons for my wedding so I searched high and low in the DC area!

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    canary 682 posts, Busy bee @ 9:53 am

    A girl after my own heart… I am obsessed with macaroons. I should try and make my own. Thanks for the recipe! My favorites are from Paulette’s from California. One of my BMs got me some before the wedding. AMAZING!

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    Laura, Guest @ 9:55 am

    Aran (the pastry chef) is always bringing mouthwatering desserts and delightful pictures to her audience. I stalk her blog daily and she amazes me every time!

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    bearcub 1561 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:56 am

    I think you like macarons. A lot. ;)
    Let me be the infinity+1 person to say this: Macarons are really hard to make. Even harder to perfect. There’s a reason the French (and everyone else who’s cool ;)) love them – they’re the epitome of difficulté aux patisseries! That said, I really encourage you to try. At worst, you’ll be left with several lonely egg yolks – in which case you might as well try to make crème brulée! Believe it or not, crème brulée is a lot easier to make than macarons. You should really give it a go, though!
    I’ve found these sites helpful (thanks to some Ladurée inspiration from a certain Miss Perfume the other day ;)) :
    http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2006/12/10/macarons-or-victim-of-a-food-fashion-les-macarons-ou-victime-dune-mode-culinaire/
    http://www.msadventuresinitaly.com/blog/2008/02/13/laduree-macarons-and-finding-the-perfect-macaron-recipe/
    Here’s a hint – apparently leaving the eggs whites at room temperature (on the counter, mabes?) for 48 hours yields greater macaron success!
    Good luck!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:57 am

    Yes! I love food blogs — been trying to get my own (combined with my wedding) off the ground — and baking’s my favorite form of culinary expression. So, I’ll be entering into a new area (candy-making) for our guests’ wedding favors.

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    RobinBananas 316 posts, Helper bee @ 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh, that is a girl I want to be friends with….her food is GORGEOUS.

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    Brienne, Guest @ 10:01 am

    I’m so excited for summer to come along so I can have wonderful strawberries to make these.

    One note for storage: the macaroons will probably last longer if don’t put the cream in the center until the last possible moment. The meringue will soak up moisture from the cream and become soggy. Store them in a dry cool place and they should last awhile.

    As a side note, I made Scottish Shortbread cookies (3 ingredients – so easy) and cut out 1-inch heart shaped cookies. I boxed them with a custom blend tea that my husband made. They were a huge hit.

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    FreeRangeMom 2232 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:03 am

    Yep, they’re very difficult to make, and the quality of your oven can also affect the results. If you aren’t an experienced baker with a quality oven, maybe your wedding isn’t the best time to try to make these :(

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    amester26 256 posts, Helper bee @ 10:04 am

    Since one of our signature colors is “chocolate brown”, I wanted to make truffles to be given out as favors and/or as dessert options. However, as our guest list grew considerably (thanks, Mom) I realized I would probably have way too much on my plate to worry about staying up til 2am making truffles, which I would likely end up eating half of ANYWAY.

    *sigh* It’s nice to dream though….

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    dorsay 2281 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:05 am

    wow….will be baking these as soon as strawberries are a reasonable price….

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:08 am

    @Miss D’orsay: That’s what I’m saying! I’m dealing with cravings for all kinds of spring and summer food/produce right now, and NOWHERE near me has what I’m looking for — subpar basil, tomatoes, etc.

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    kenziegirl, Guest @ 10:10 am

    I will more than likely be making macarons and chocolate-dipped madeline cookies.

    FI and I are dumping far too much money into our new kitchen for me to NOT make delicious treats for our guests!

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    kenziew, Guest @ 10:11 am

    whoops — me again. I mean Madeleine cookies — I can barely spell it and I expect to make it for 160 guests?! LOL

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:16 am

    They look divine, Miss Perfume. I know everyone is saying how difficult they are to make, and I understand that, but I still think you should give it a go and try to make them! Start now & if you experiment enough, you’ll probably have them down pat by the time your wedding comes around.

    Good luck!! Oh, and thanks for that blog link – I added it to my reader & sent it to a bunch of Baking Queen friends. :)

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 10:25 am

    I would say try it, but macaroons are one recipe, along with meringue cookies that I’m afraid of. Things need to be precise to the recipe, but hey, you might be a macaroon diva and not even know it! :)

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:25 am

    those look sooo good!

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    skh, Guest @ 10:51 am

    Dear Miss Perfume,
    As a Frenchwoman who loves baking, I can tell: macarons are the most difficult thing to bake. BUT! We have a wonderful food blogger who whipped up a fantastic step by step recipe, which absolutely works. I went to look for it after reading your post, and realized that she has translated it into English now. She’s amazing – even had a book deal only on macarons after her recipes proved so popular. In stronlgy suggest you follow her advice!!
    The link: http://www.mercotte.fr/2008/03/20/desperatly-seeking-macarons/

    Good luck!

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:57 am

    @Emily: Thanks for the recommendation! Will have to try!
    @Miss Rye Bread: Thank you for the encouragement and advice!
    @MagPie518: Food bloggery is so satisfying…but difficult when you also have a wedding blog and are planning a wedding, no?
    @Brienne: Aran, the blog author, suggested I freeze the meringues ahead of time and make the cream two days ahead and then pipe them in the cookies. Your shortbread cookies & tea sound lovely!

    @Miss Quiche: THANK YOU for the encouragement!!!
    @skh: OMG, thank you, thank you!!

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:59 am

    @Miss Ballet Flat: Crossing my fingers!!

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    becca8908 25 posts, Newbee @ 11:13 am

    Miss Perfume, I recently started making macaroons and I have had great success with the recipe from the Holiday Baking Edition of Cook’s Illustrated. I just made them for the second time yesterday and they were even better than the first time (and people raved the first time). I think you need to get the print edition but the website is here: http://www.cooksillustrated.com. They do require a lot of time and patience but the results are spectacular.

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:18 am

    @becca8908: Thank you, will definitely check it out. You give me hope!

    I mentioned about freezing ahead, Aran clarifies that: You make the macarons shells in advance and freeze. Make the cream one day in advance and fill the day that they will be eaten.

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    lavenderpug 284 posts, Helper bee @ 11:28 am

    another laduree macaron fan here, although i first discovered my love of macarons at bay bread boulangerie in san fran. i’m also considering whether to make them as favors, but the last batch i tried several years ago was, to say the least, a little lumpy. anyway, a friend made some beautiful ones and she used a coffee grinder to grind up the almonds (if you are using a recipe that relies on fresh almonds instead of almond paste). sounds time consuming, but i’m sure it’s worth it!

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    pinotnoir 799 posts, Busy bee @ 11:32 am

    The look super yummy! I bet your guests would love homemade treats!

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    beesknees, Guest @ 11:35 am

    ah I saw these for the first time today too! what a delightful blog.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:23 pm

    i saw those on tastespotting the other day! they looked devine. i wanted to try to make them but i’m concerned about them tasting too meringey…that was my issue with some macrons i had from miette. i did not realize i’m not a big meringe fan until then. lol.

    at the moment, i dream of making whoopie pies for favors. we’ll see if the bf will go along with those.

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    fifisweet 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:33 pm

    Yum! These look amazing…
    The homemade peanut butter cups I’m giving as favors won’t look quite as refined, but I know they’ll be TAS-ty.

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    subee 87 posts, Worker bee @ 1:45 pm

    If you’re not overwhelmed by website suggestions yet, I found these two helpful:

    Veronica’s Test Kitchen: http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/10/the-macaron-chr.html

    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/10/how-to-make-macarons-recipe.html

    The first is by the baker/owner of Petites Bouchées in Richmond, VA–very helpful and a fun blog read (she’ll get you even more excited about baking macarons!).

    Haven’t made my first attempt yet, but I’m planning to soon–good luck!

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:51 pm

    Mr. HC and I love macarons. When he lived in Philly, there was a fab French bakery that would make the most exquisite, jewel-box colored macarons. We’ve tried making our own, but while they were yummy, they were sadly flat — like little discs rather than plump mini burger-like. BTW, given your love of Laduree, did you see photos of Darci’s wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings online? Her ketubah and some of her paper goods (if I remember correctly) were based on the boxes from Laduree. Might be another way to integrate your love of food into your wedding.

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:00 pm

    @Miss Hot Cocoa: HC: a) I LOVE Philly…that is a most awesome foodie town! Love the BYO’s and italian market. 2) Yes, saw the ketubah in Darcy’s wedding–beautiful! 3) YES, yes, I hear you on integrating it in other ways. I am playing with the invites with a nod to Laduree…in fact this weekend I found some gold foil lables to mimic the laurel wreath (they’re empire bordered rather than laurel wreath) and pale green flat jewelry boxes to use as outer envelopes….we’ll see if it works!

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    @Miss Perfume: also, i clearly like to mix alph and numbers into my lists. duh.

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    katiemax 76 posts, Worker bee @ 3:03 pm

    yum! i love macarons. my mom and i are making apricot-rhubarb jam as favors for my wedding. it is a beautiful shade of deep orange and will complement our colorful theme.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:49 pm

    Mmmm Laduree :) FH and I are toying of making our own BBQ sauce… but we’ll see.

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    BeccaLush, Guest @ 4:54 pm

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/LADUREE-CHOCOLATE-MACARONS-1236770

    I don’t know if this recipe has been posted anywhere but maybe it could be of help to all you Laduree fans out there =).

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    bold bride, Guest @ 11:05 pm

    I’ll be an echo – macarons are very difficult to make WELL. Also, even if you start practicing now, there’s one thing that you can’t control when it comes time to making them for the wedding – humidity. High humidity will kill macarons.

    That being said, I’m an experienced baker, and while I would have loved to have made my own wedding cake, it’s just a really bad idea, so I’m having a pro make it (although the cost of it kills me when I know I could make the same thing…) and I’m making a late night dessert bar — 2 flavors each of marshmallows, meringues, macarons, berry & cream tartlets, and 3 flavors of mini cupcakes. It’s going to be a good amount of work, but I’m so excited to be able to share my baking with all of our guests!

    And to be a shameless self-promoter, here’s my food blog – raspberryeggplant.blogspot.com :)

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