Today’s Sunday Funday is a fun theme! It is a Birthday Party Potluck to celebrate our host, Stacy’s, birthday!
Participants were given a lot of leeway on this one, and invited to share anything that one might bring to a birthday party!
I knew right away that I would share these French Macarons!
Last month, my friend asked me if I have even made macarons, because she had always hoped to try. I had to admit that I thought they were overly fussy, so no, I had never tried them.
Of course, once someone mentions something to me, I can’t get it out of my head! My friend’s birthday was coming up, so I invited her over for a macaron baking party and decided that we’d tackle this challenging recipe together!
And boy oh boy, was this one challenging. There are lots of steps and lots of precision involved and you guys, I am not a precision person. I’m a “feel the spirit”-“cook by taste”- “make bread by feel”- type of person. Despite my natural inclinations, I brought out the food scale and weighed all of the ingredients and attempted to follow the instructions to a tee. And I stand by my earlier assessment: macarons are very fussy to make!
I have to confess that only about half of the macarons came out as expected. From what I can tell, most of the issues were due to a bad baking mat, as for the rest, I’m thinking I either over (or under) mixed or didn’t bake for the exact right amount of time.
The macarons were also much sweeter than I would have expected! However, they were lovely and the ones that came out were picture perfect and ready for a party!
I followed these directions precisely for the macarons.
Don't miss these other birthday party offerings:
- Bhagar Rice from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen
- Borage Sparklers, Both Boozy and Not from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Burmese-style Bean Thread Noodle Salad from Food Lust People Love
- Cheeseburger Sliders with Homemade Slider Buns from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Eggless Gajar Halwa Cake - Carrot Halwa Cake from Sneha’s Recipe
- Four Cheese Ravioli Skillet from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- French Macarons from Amy’s Cooking Adventures
- Greek Feta Spread (Kopanisti) from Palatable Pastime
- Maple Panna Cotta With Roasted Figs from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese from Making Miracles
- Tandoori Aloo Platter from Sizzling Tastebuds