For 2014, I have fallen prey to the beginning of the year goal setting affliction. The goals are to make 52 batches of macarons this year and to document them. Why 52? Who knows, it sounded like a reasonable number to average one batch a week. I often make more than one batch at a time, but there are some weeks I don’t make any.
The first macarons of the year – Chocolate Salted Caramel – were presented at the Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media Employee Cabaret Bakery Showcase. Every year employees of MPR and APM, take the stage at the Fitzgerald theatre and perform for the co-workers, family, and friends. It is great fun. It helps there are so many talented people working there. This year included a bakery showcase which I eagerly volunteered to make some macarons.
The details: shells were made using the Mad About Macarons basic recipe, plus what I had left for cocoa divided into thirds (probably about 10 grams each). The filling is the Salted Caramel using Manu’s Menu’s recipe. One batch of the filling was plenty to fill all three batches of the shells.
Mentions were made some of these were taken home for partners who were not able to attend the event. This sounds like a stamp of approval to me.