Everyone has a New Year’s Resolution by this point in December, and I’ll be honest: this year my resolution is more like a bucket list. On the top of that list is that I must learn how to make macarons before the end of the winter, and by “learn” I mean get as close to perfect as I possibly can. I love baking – it’s been a great source of stress relief for me since college – and these perfect little pastries are notoriously tough. I feel like if I figure these bad boys out, I’ll really have accomplished something that I’m already passionate about and, though it’s a simple pleasure, I’ll be proud of myself for having tackled it.
In true Maddy form, I’m expanding my already-impressive baking cookbook library with a few selects to help me get closer to the ultimate goal. (PS: Mom, are you reading? Better gift idea for me than another pair of pajamas/scarves/mittens/other warm piece of clothing you give me because you’re convinced I’m going to freeze to death in Minnesota. Love you.)
Laduree: The Sweet Recipes: I’m not really sure I need to go any further explaining why I need this book. If you’re going to learn something, you should probably go to an expert right? Well, Laduree isn’t just an expert, the French bakery is the expert. Since I can also say firsthand that their macarons are sublime, this is probably going to become my Bible.
Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe: The reviews sold me on this one. Apparently it’s one of the books that explains the process in the simplest terms. Sounds good to me!
Macaroons: This one isn’t out until February, but it looks like it’s going to be good. It sounds like the author’s focus is going to be on unexpected flavor combinations, but since the preview is promising a salted caramel variety, I may have to pick this up just for my husband.
Sugar Baby: Confections, Candies, Cakes & Other Delicious Recipes for Cooking with Sugar: Alright, this one isn’t totally about macarons and only macarons. They are in there, however, along with some other tasty treats I’m really interested in making in the future, including various types of candies and mousses. Sounds like it may be a future staple to me!
Images from Villa Solbacka.
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