I discovered these at the #1 rated bakery in all of Columbus- a French bakery in German Village, which I find highly amusing. It's called Pistacia Vera and let me tell you if you can EVER get there, GET. THERE.
|The pastry case, or part of it|
|Yuzu Lemon tarts, Blueberry goat cheese tarts, and Strawberry goodness!|
|The now famous bathroom|
|Sneaking upstairs for the secret recipe|
|Oh come on! Even their boxes are gorgeous.|
|Lemon, Coconut, and a half-eaten Mocha Hazelnut... not even crumbs were left|
We also got a chocolate caramel tart which we tried Sunday night. Don't get me wrong, it was REALLY good, but compared to the macarons the tart was found lacking.
Suffice it to say that we've been on a manhunt all week trying to find somewhere local that sells them. Unfortunately the one or two shops that do sell them don't actually make them- they're all imported from Europe. That won't work. I want the fresh, real, homemade version.
So now I'm on a mission to attempt to make them! Yes, I know I've never done this before. Yes, I know I live in the HOT, HUMID South, which is pretty much a death sentence for macarons. Yes, it might cost me $500 to make them and Hubby will not like that. Especially if they're awful. And yes, MFP will hate my guts and I'll gain loads of weight if this does work.
But I have to try, right?!
After much research, here are the two recipes I'm going with: here (with video) and here. Thinking I'll kind of merge them together with all their tips and tricks to hopefully have a successful first batch. I really just want to mention these links so that if this works, I will have the recipes (and video!) saved. Also if this works, these are good basic recipes I can play around with for different flavor options.
And then PDub came to the rescue with this source from one of her photography workshops at the ranch. And this lovely lady has an entire book thingie called, "Demystifying Macarons!" Why, yes, I'm reading it right now; aren't you? I think this will be extremely helpful.
I'm hoping to make these this weekend so we'll see how that goes, especially with all the stormy (HUMID) weather expected. Wish me luck!