While I love going to my favorite patisserie, Le Dolce Vita, I’ve been wanting to try to make my own macarons for a while. They are notoriously difficult to make, which had been holding me back. I didn’t want to get all the ingredients and supplies and end up disappointed with the result.
But on Sunday I got a wild hair and decided I was going to do it and finally attempt to make my own. Chris and I went out and got all the supplies I needed, and I cringed as we bought $11 almond flour (so that’s why those little sweets are so darn expensive).
I used Martha Stewart’s French Almond Macarons recipe, as well as Martha’s Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe for the filling, and they turned out really, really well. I had a few perfect macarons that looked patisserie-worthy. Some were a little too big or cracked on the top, but all in all, I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt at making them. If you want to try making them for the first time, I do recommend this recipe from Martha Stewart, as it’s very straightforward. My only suggestion would be to cut the buttercream recipe in at least half. I made WAY too much buttercream for the number of macarons.
Next time I’m going to branch out from vanilla and add some delicious flavor!