The Macaroon Afternoon*

16 Jul

I’m not a huge fan of stepping out of my comfort zone, but I do see the benefit of forcing myself to do things that scare me. Long gone are the days when I used to hide behind my mothers long skirts and duck my sister throwing mud at me, and now I must stand alone (mainly because at nearly thirty it would be a bit weird for me to be hiding behind said Mother, who, like Yoda, is now smaller than me.

When I saw a deal on macaron making classes, I roped in my BFF and booked us a slot.

Macarons

And it was great fun! We rocked up in our pair and it became immediately apparent that there were three types of people who did this sort of thing.

1)      The Fun Finders.

So us, and the hen do that were also there. Not down with taking life too seriously, none of us cried when anything went wrong – we had fun and were amazingly pleased with the outcome.

2)      The Die Hard Bakers

identifiable by the fact they arrived alone (no BFF to weigh them down) and immediately were drawn to each other, to make a ‘powerpair’. Before you could draw your whisk for a duel they were bonding over their previous successes and failures in independent macaron making, shouting buzzwords such as lavender water and rose oil. We made a beeline for the opposite end of the room, as every time we laughed in the queue they glared. No funsies.

3)      The ‘One More Enthusiastic Than The Other’ Couple

Lets face it, boys and macaron making do not go seamlessly together on the whole; they are no sausage and mash. The reluctant boys turned up, dragged along by their girlfriends as a fun day out, and looked perturbed to be there. One had an attitude where he rolled his eyes at the fun personality of the instructor, only to be shot down in glares from us girls who were there to have a good time, LOVED her, and weren’t prepared to have anyone steal her sparkle. Then there was the guy with the huge beard, who unfortunately got covered in macaron mixture fairly early on and spent the rest of the time picking it out of his beard. Hahah!

Capture

We macarooned with the best of them for three hours, adding colours and fillings, and generally learning a whole lot. I have to take some time to talk about Jojo, the instructor, as she had the most addictive personality and was one of the loveliest women I have had the pleasure of meeting. So much so that when I asked my friend if she wanted to go to another one, she said she would happily pay thirty pounds to sit in a room with Jojo for 2 hours as a self-confidence booster.

If you want to try out the macaron making classes, you can book here from the fantastic Flammen and Citronen. I think it would be a really fun thing to build into a hen weekend, or something unusual to do if you had friends to stay.

*Actually, that’s not what we did. A macaroon is a small cake made with coconut; a French Macaron is two little bites of dreaminess sandwiched together with buttercream. We made the latter, but I wasn’t going to let the truth get in the way of a good title!
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9 Responses to “The Macaroon Afternoon*”

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge July 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Got a real giggle over your description of the groups. No doubt you did macarron with the best of them – sounds like fun

  2. prenin July 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Sounds like fun, but I can’t STAND coconut!!! :)

    In my early year at my flat I used to bake and my God daughter and her friends polished off the not always perfect result! :)

    I even taught some of them to bake leading to some inspired messes!!! :)

    Love and huge hugs!!! :)

    Prenin.

  3. Rajiv July 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    They look colourful!

  4. MargotBarbara July 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Love this! I adore both macarons and macaroons (and i’m glad you know the difference :)

    I’ve had a go at making macaron at home, and found them to be a massive pain. Still ate them all though…

    • tinkerbelle86 July 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      the recipe we were given is amazing. No heating of sugar or anything, just a really simple recipe. And successful! Jojo was fantastic.

  5. Rayme Wells @ A Clean Surface July 21, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    I don’t like the way they look–like small rainbow hamburgers. Perhaps if I tasted one, I would have a different feeling.

    • tinkerbelle86 July 21, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      they do have a bit of a hamburger-y look! They are more of a meatless taste though :)

  6. Sam July 22, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    How rad were your groupings? Laughing for days. I’d go for the people more than anything else.

    • tinkerbelle86 July 22, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      I know right? I’ve got a pork pie one booked in for September. I think the target audience might be a little different, no one wants jelly in their beard, do they?!

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