Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dessert Day Raspberry "Macarons" and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of baking with the delightful Melbourne on My Mind (MoMM) from A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings.  A couple of weeks ago she posted about making Macarons and I immediately was like "you're so brave" and then I posted about making ice cream she was like "I've never tried that!" and so Dessert Day was born. The day that you try making desserts that are intimidating for whatever reason (in my case Macarons = scary egg whites).

And also we're both unemployed.

(And care not for fabulous food presentation - but for yumminess)

So when MoMM suggested that we make these Raspberry and Chocolate macarons, I was on board.  First of all they are naturally gluten free, which is ALWAYS a bonus.

I met MoMM at the train station because I'm terrible at giving directions to my apartment. As I walked to meet her, I noticed three Oxfam street fundraisers standing on the corner talking to each other and somewhere deep in my gut (maybe it was Jorge?) told me we were going to meet again. Soon (Foreshadowing?).

As we walked back to my apartment chatting about all things inane, and Oxfam fundraiser named Scott tried to pull us over on the sidewalk. I've been Scott.  I've done street fundraising and I know deep down that they aren't particularly injured when you just brush by them or say no thank you. And I know that the Scotts of the street fundraising world ask questions like "what's your name" and "what are you doing today" because they are profitable ways for them to meet their quotas. But it doesn't make me like it any more. So when he asked me what my name is, I replied:

"No time! We've got important things to do! It's DESSERT DAY!"

And then we giggled (which by the way, you can check out MoMM's post about Dessert Day here.)

I knew that MoMM and I would be great baking buddies because when she sent me the recipe she was like "we'll make this, but instead of jam we'll use raspberry essence. And instead of white chocolate we'll use dark."

And they were delicious.

But as you can see less Macaron-y and more Meringue-y with chocolate smooshed between them.  And when has that ever been a bad idea? Never.

I'm not sure what went awry. Did we beat the eggs too long? With our skills - I doubt it.  Does the recipe have some errors in it - I don't want to diss the recipe writer...but maybe.

The point is this. Dessert Day is awesome. And I'd highly recommend you grab a friend and bake.

What would you make if you weren't intimidated by baking?

Also, if you're keeping track at home (and I know you are) this is recipe 13 on my life list.


  1. I can't believe that after all this talk about macarons in the media that I STILL have never had one! Looks yummy.

  2. Hurrah for Dessert Day! And for scaring charity muggers. It totally made his day, yo.

    Also? My brother's girlfriend missed out on the macarons. AGAIN. Sucks to be her! ;)

  3. I've never made them, but I sure to like eating them! These look delicious.

  4. yummy! and like the first commenter, I've somehow never had one either!

  5. We talk about them all the time at work..yet still have never had one.

    It looks really pretty!

  6. oh great job ~ i applaud you!! i would LOVE to bake macarons, i'm just too scared to!!!!
    xx ~ kristina

  7. How wonderful that you ladies did this together! My friend and I are going to a 6 hour cup cake decorating and macaroon making class in Sydney in January. So excited. I hope they turn out.

  8. aaahhhh, i love macarons and ice cream! although, i haven't eaten them together -- i'm gonna have to do that one of these days! ;)

    creme brulee, souffle, tiramisu, and macarons are on my list of things to attempt making. :D

    <3, Mimi
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  9. I bow down to your baking talents! Baking scares the daylights out of me so I tend to avoid it at all costs. If I could bake, I would love to try making a layer cake with thick creamy icing and fancy decorations. Maybe one day!

  10. Ha! Dessert Day sounds awesome! Which reminds me that I really need to do some baking! It has been far too long. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Oh man, these look great! Even without the fancy food presentation.

  12. This looks amazing, I love baking things ♥

  13. Oh yum, I love how these macarons look and I love your new design blog and I love reading about your honeymoon and I really love how in your profile you write "my husband" as if you have been married forever. Love it !

  14. Oh my goodness. Yum. Such a sweet little treat!

  15. I'm not sure if I'd care what the consistency of those things were...I'd still eat 8 of them in rapid succession! They could have the consistency of mud...and I'd still plow on through. ;)

  16. I like how you put together your ideas in this blog.

  17. Oneika - definitely find a place in London to get them. They are quite delicious and despite being very sweet they are fairly light too!

    Melbourne on my mind - HAHAHA, poor brother's girlfriend.

    Alena - They were actually quite fun to make! WAY easier than I expected them to be.

    Stephanie - You have to get yourself to a Macaron patisserie!

    Krista Lynn - they were DELICIOUS

    Ellie - I'd HIGHLY recommend them.

    Beancakes - Thank you! It was FAR less scary than I thought it would be.

    vanisha - oh my god! That sounds amazing, I certainly need some help in the decorating department.

    Mimi - yes! to all those things! Yum yum yum!

    Meghan - Aw, baking isn't that scary. It's more like a science experiment than anything else :)

    Jessica - Anytime! Let me know what you make.

    Jillian - Aw, thank you! They were so amazing.

    Krysten - they were spectacular!

    Linda - I know baking is certainly my zen.

    Selina - Aw thank you! I'm quite smitten with all those things myself now too :)

    Elle Sees - Yes, I am all about substituting in things.

    Alexa - It was SUCH a treat!

    Just Me - Hahaha - SO TRUE.

  18. I have never had a macaroon. I'm waiting to have one in Paris now, I think me trying to bake them would not make me like them hahaha. Yours turned out so well, they look delicious!

    Also your honeymoon pics were amazing, you look like you had the best time :)

    I know what you mean about it being hard to get into the Christmas spirit when the weather is different; I had Christmas three years ago in Germany surrounded by snow and decorations and it couldn't have felt less like Christmas. Maybe you could get fake snow and then have the air conditioner going full blast? Though that might just be messy :p

  19. I'm glad you guys had an awesome day! Hey - if you don't have to be at work, you may as well be enjoying it :-D

    And as I said on the other blog... I wish I could have eaten your desserts! They truly look delicious (and your presentation skills are more than adequate - at least you didn't eat straight from the trays).

  20. oh yumminess!! I LOVE macarons and I commend your ambition for making them from scratch! But I must say I'm more drawn to the vanilla bean ice cream and me are BFFs.

  21. Lovely blog.

  22. I'm glad you got to try them out! I'm still intimidated by then but plan on trying with the boy over Christmas. We'll see how that goes and OF COURSE I will post a full report.

  23. Oh man! I wish I was there. Both these desserts looks amazing!! ;)

  24. I love baking, but my husband likes our bank account to stay in the positive. I made up some pumpkin pie cookies over Thanksgiving, so that was fun. And some oatmeal raisin cookies are currently baking. I LOVE this stuff. I am trying so hard to control myself, but I think I'm going to have to break out of my box and try some other things eventually.