So. Dang. Good.
So there was a Living Social deal that I saw for a French macaroon cooking class in South London. It came with a 2.5 hour baking class and £50 worth of French macaroons to take home with you. So after thinking about it for like 1 second, I signed up. After going to France for all that time and trying all the different kinds and brands of French macaroons, I have become obsessed. And my obsession has led me to want to not only eat them, but to bake them at home as well. So really, there was no choice but to sign up for this class.
So I made my way out to the On Cafe Bakery and Cookery School in South London. After a long haul out there, I finally found it. But it was tough! It is a little hidden place that you would never think to look normally and you probably would never be brave enough to venture to because the street that it is on isn't that welcoming I guess you could say. But I found it and that is all that matters. :)
The funny thing about this lady is how she started her class. When we all were coming in, there was this awkward silence in the room partially because no one knew each other but also because she didn't really greet us in or even smile at us. Everyone was just staring at each other in silence.
Then (it gets funnier) as she starts out her class, she gives a big speech about how she isn't here to be our friend. She doesn't care if we like her. She doesn't want us leaving her class telling people that she is a nice lady. And to please not bother her with any questions during her demonstration.
She was kinda unpleasant, I'm not going to lie. And as she did the demonstration and a question would come into my mind that she didn't cover, I couldn't dare ask it for fear of getting scolded. Even though I am paying for this class....
But she was very professional and definitely knew what she was doing. She wanted us to come out of her class knowing how to make a basic level of french macaroons and to have something that we are proud of to take home. She didn't want to make new friends or to be nice to us. And she made this very clear straight from the beginning.
So after her demonstration.....we were put into groups and got to do exactly what she just showed us completely on our own. Here was my cooking process in a series of pictures for you to enjoy......
First, beat the egg whites, add sugar and beat some more.
Put the ground almond into a bowl and sift the caster sugar over the top. Then add the egg white mixture. Then fold them together. (This is the hard part. The folding is the key and supposedly you can really mess things up if it isn't folded at the right speed, with the right motion, in the right amount of time.) Add some food coloring paste and flavor of your choice.
The Finished Product!
These macaroons were filled with chocolate ganache. All macaroons are filled with different things and have their own flavors to them. That is the beauty of this special treat. The flavor combinations are amazing. My favorite flavor that I have heard of is the new Pierre Herme flavor. He made a raspberry, lime, with pepper macaroon. I want to try it!