Ganache Macarons Masterclass

Last Saturday, I organised a special girls’ day out for Beardy Mum and two of my friends.  Our destination?  The macaron making masterclass at Ganache Macarons.  I had won the class from a Facebook competition – after pressuring everyone I knew into helping me with it (this amazing class was NOT something I was prepared to pass up), the four of us arrived for our special macaron-focused afternoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were able to request our choice of recipes to make – we went with the Earl Grey and the Raspberry macarons, wanting to learn how to incorporate both a flavouring and fruit puree.

We started by making the ganache (both recipes use a chocolate ganache filling rather than a buttercream.)  One good tip: make sure not to overmelt chocolate, so be sure to take it off the heat when it is still melting, rather than totally melted.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext, we started whipping up the shells – definitely hard work getting it to the appropriate peaks.  Worth noting that if you plan to colour the shells, powder colouring is best – too much liquid definitely throws off the macarons.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPiping was the next challenge – unfortunately, no way to improve this other than frequent practice.  But these easy paper templates (put under the greaseproof paper) help you to try to pipe them to be as uniform as possible.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce the macarons are baked, we sandwich them using the ganache.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’d definitely recommend trying the class – which comes with a box of macarons to keep, the two recipes that you’ve chosen and a great practical lessons.  While making macarons from a recipe can be done, this class focuses on practical mistakes bakers make and how to help you avoid them – exactly what we were hoping for and so we really enjoyed it.

I received a free class from Ganache Macarons, but not in exchange for blogging about it and all opinions are my own.

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