Sunday, March 28, 2010

Many, many, many, many, many macarons.

Last year, I attempted to make french macarons for the first time. Complete failure. They're a tricky little recipe to get right, and I just didn't have the patience. But then I found this ADORABLE book called "I Love Macarons" and it inspired me to try them again. And what better occasion than Lathi de Silva's 39th birthday!

I had myself a mini, macaron-making marathon this weekend. I baked 5 batches total. The first ones went straight into the trash. Too much almond flour. The 2nd batch - raspberry - turned out OK. Still too stiff though. The 3rd batch - chocolate toffee - turned out better. The 4th batch - lemon - turned out PERFECT. And the 5th batch - orange almond - turned out swell as well.

They must have tasted pretty good, because Eric could not stop snacking on them. I put an assortment inside this glass apothecary jar I found at Target and wrapped up another "I Love Macarons" book for Lathi to enjoy. She really does appreciate all the finer details in life and food, and I knew she'd enjoy unwrapping this present.

I was right. She was all smiles. (And so were her boys, Luc and Ian. ) They couldn't take their eyes off the jar when I brought it over last night.

Happy Birthday Lathi. And many, many, many, many, many more!