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By: Caroline Drake
French Macarons are such beautiful cookies, and can make a huge impression. Macarons, however, can also be so expensive for just one little cookie! With a little practice, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost of buying them! They are a perfect parting gift at a wedding, or a beautiful centerpiece at a bridal shower.
(adapted from Les Petis Macarons book)
*This recipe is great for sea level, if you are over 4,500 ft, then you may have to adjust the recipe.
You will need: Kitchen scale, stand mixer, sifter, food processer
Ingredients for 30 1 1/2 inch macarons:
1 1/4 packed cups (165 grams) almond flour
Pinch of fine sea salt
3/4 packed cup (165 grams) confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup water (57 grams)
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon (3 grams) cream of tartar
1/2 cup (115 grams) aged egg whites (*place egg whites in bowl, loosely cover with plastic wrap overnight in fridge)
4 drops gel or 6 drops food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Measure and pulse almond flour, salt, and confectioner's sugar in the bowl of a food processor 4 times for 4 seconds each time. Next, sift the same ingredients onto some wax paper. This will help the macaron have a nice smooth top.
Place egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt in a stand mixer with a wire whisk attachment. Begin to whisk the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Meanwhile, heat the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup (57 grams) of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cook without stirring until the sugar reaches a soft ball stage 235 degrees F.
Once the sugar water mixture has reached the soft ball stage immediately pour it slowly down the side of the mixer bowl into the egg whites, at a medium speed.
Continue whisking until the meringue forms medium peaks and is lukewarm and glossy, about 4 minutes. Be sure not to over mix, as it causes cracking later.
Fold the meringue into the dry ingredients until you reach the unique macaronage stage. When the ingredients almost seem incorporated, add the food coloring if you wish to use it.
Fold the components just enough, but not too much or the macarons will crack. Once the ingredients are combined, lift some of the mixture about 1 inch above the bowl with the spatula. If it retains a three-dimensional shape, fold it again. When folded just enough, the mixture should fall right back into the bowl, with no stiffness, in one continuous, lava-like drip.
Pipe the macarons using a piping bag, and a 1/2 inch (2A) tip. Pipe them into 1 1/2 inch circles onto a silicon or parchment lined baking sheet.
Once the macarons are piped, slam the baking sheet down to remove excess air (slam 6 times from 6 inches above the table).
Bake the macarons for 15 minutes (until the skin forms at 200 degrees F), and then raise the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees for an additional 10-11 minutes, until the macarons just come off the baking sheet when you lift them from both ends (the centers will have risen, and will not have any dark indentations). If the macarons darken too quickly, place a wooden spoon in the door of the oven to prop it slightly open.
Place on a cooling rack, and cool completely before filling.
Place the macarons out by two half shells roughly the same size and shape.
Pipe your favorite filling (simple buttercream shown here) in the center of the flat side of the cookie. Don't pipe the frosting all the way to the outer edge, stop just before so it won't flow over the edge.
Place the top of the cookie over the filling, then give it a little half twist. Allow the filling to set.
Place them out in boxes for your guests to bring home as favors. Macarons freeze well, so you can wrap them in plastic, and freeze the shells. Certain fillings freeze well too, so it's possible to make the complete cookies far in advance. These beauties will make a big statement.
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By: Caitlin Zentgraf
Including your pet in your pet in your wedding party has become a popular trend these days. Who doesn't ooh and ahh at the site of a furry friend wagging its tail down the aisle? But before you decide to have man's or (woman's) best friend by your side, here are some thoughts to consider:
1. Is your pet well-behaved?
2. Does your venue allow pets?
3. Which part(s) of the wedding day will your pet attend?
4. Are any of your guests allergic?
5. Who will be the handler?
6. What will your pet wear?
Photo by Jose Villa
What will matter most is not the shoes, the dress, the flowers, the cake or thr assorted odds and ends but the love from the people who are here to share and start this journey with us. Thank you for joining us today! We hope that you laugh, dance, share old memories , and make a few new ones to take with you.
Jim and Nichole
It's Our Time Artist: Marty Casey Album: single Description Not Provided Lyrics It's Our Time
Tonight were gonna break the chains
Wash away our yesterday
Tonight were gonna ride the storm
To find what we been waiting for
Just let go
All our dreams will awake
The world we know
It's Our time
It's Our time
The stars have aligned and
The future Is shinning so bright
Tonight I'm giving all I can
Flying high like superman
To knowing when it just feels right
I wanna be with you tonight
All your tears
I will wash em away
Leave your fears
Far behind Video
By: Danyelle Mathews
Share the joy of your engagement and help out-of-town guests plan in advance with these darling bunting announcements! They are sure to make family and friends excited to see what other clever things you have in store for your big day!
Supplies: cardstock, envelopes, scissors, twine, gluestick
If you're familiar with computer illustrating software, this project will be a breeze. You'll simply want to create a bunting shape and customize the text. If you aren't too handy with a computer you can cut bunting shapes out of cardstock and hand letter your information.
Carefully cut out each bunting shape and fold in half.
Using your gluestick, adhere each bunting piece around your length of twine.
Once your bunting is made, carefully insert it into a colored envelope. To take the customization a little farther you can add envelope liners made out of vintage wallpaper.
By: Caitlin Zentgraf
When you have guests flying in from coast to coast for your destination wedding weekend, it's important to keep them occupied during their stay. Get the most out of your location by gathering guests together for some of these fun activities!
3. Snorkeling/scuba diving
5. Visiting a museum, historic site, botanical garden, or local tourist attraction
7. Spa treatments
8. Safari Rides