fun birthday!

Oh man my birthday was basically three months ago but oh! it was fun. And, because I am the most delinquent blogger, three months lag time seems about right to commemorate the delicious, amazing French macarons that Ashley and Lindsay made for my birthday. Every year, Ashley and Lindsay make a delicious and rather elaborate cake for my birthday and it’s so nice and so fun and they really don’t have to but it is really the best!

These macarons are wonderful on many levels:
1 – delicious (most important)
2 – very pretty (also very important)
3 – very impressive (everyone discussed how hard it is to make macarons, but surprise! these aren’t so hard, just impressive!)

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For the macarons

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • food colouring

For the filling

  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons of butter

Use a food processor to pulse the almonds and the icing sugar together, then sift them and set aside.  Beat the egg whites until foamy, then beat in the granulated sugar and the meringue powder until soft peaks form.  Add the food colouring.  Fold the almond mixture into the egg whites a third at a time.  Use a piping bag to pipe out 1-inch circles, pretty thin, onto a pan lined with parchment paper.  Let them sit for 15 minutes, then bake for 12-14 minutes at 325 degrees.

While everything is baking, pulse all the filling ingredients together in a food processor. Once the macarons have cooled, spread the filling on and make cute delicious macarons sandwiches.

These were delicious!  Birthdays are so wonderfully fun – I ate great great food for a whole week because I really am the luckiest ever.

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