They adorn a thousand window displays. Endlessly versatile, they are drama queens in sugar and almond form. They are the veritable stars of French patisserie. Allow me to present French Macarons – or Macaroons, to give them their anglicised name – especially for this Movie-inspired #SundaySupper. Our Director/host is Heather of girlichef – and it’s safe to say that the theme completely captured my imagination.
I undertook ‘research’ with some afternoons of film-viewing in order to come up with a dish to present. As soon as I stumbled across the frothy, pink decadence which is Marie Antoinette (2006, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Kirsten Dunst), I knew I had found my foodie film. The film itself is low in substance but high in appearance – the glittering costumes and, of course, the artistic, indulgent food, make it perfect Sunday afternoon chocolate-box viewing.
An obvious choice may have been cake, but given the sheer sumptuousness of this film, I decided to aim for patisserie’s ultimate star: the Macaron. Like souffles, Macarons have an almost mythical aura about them, touted as being fiendish to make, where the slightest inaccuracy can lead to disaster. Given that I am severely lacking in skills of precision and accuracy, being a somewhat freeform and chaotic baker, I approached the task with a sense of trepidation, and even made sure I had enough ingredients to make another batch, if necessary.
However, I was pleasantly surprised. While not the easiest thing in the world to make, the list of ingredients is hardly mind-blowing and it’s not rocket science – just takes a bit of time, patience and practice. This is my first-ever batch, and while they are far from perfect, I am happy with the way they have turned out. After reading various recipes and tips, I was terrified of overmixing, which meant I didn’t get the batter quite as smooth and runny as it should have been, but it means that I just can’t wait to try another batch. They really are delightful to make!
Considering how pretty and pink the film is, these Macarons could only be pink (I wasn’t quite up to making different colours and flavours on my first go), and I filled them with strawberry buttercream.
If you are tempted by these, please don’t be frightened of having a go!
Toast (bready things)
No Reservations (soups and salads)
Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)
Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)
Udon (pasta and noodles)
Just Desserts (sweet treats)
Bottle Shock (beverages)
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