2014 is around the corner and one of my goals is to try new baking techniques. My friend mentioned she wanted to take a macaron class from Sur La Table and I immediately asked her if she wanted to try making some with me. I showed my friend my book from Creative Juice, Gourmet French Macarons and my friend wanted to give them a try. So the Saturday after Christmas, she came over and we tried making macarons for the first time.
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The first thing we discovered when making macarons for the first time is that two of the essential ingredients are hard to find in our area and are spendy. I had to go to 4 stores to find the almond flour and vanilla paste. Both items were not in one store. The vanilla paste and almond flour were $26. If we make macarons again we'll know where to find the ingredients.
The first step went smoothly. Sifting the almond flour and powdered sugar three times. I have two different sifters and we tried both. At first we didn't like how slowly they sifted. By the third sifting we had it down. We squeezed and taped the side of the sifters and the flour and powder flowed right out.
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