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Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe Paperback – December 13, 2010
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* Hisako's book looked slightly complicated. I've been baking for 25 years but never did a macaron. I knew they were harder than my usual cupcake so for some reason Hisako's book made me not try it right away. This book is VERY small, but in a good way. First, you can read the whole thing in 10 minutes to learn how to make a macaron. Second, it's easy to understand what she is telling you to do. Third, her pictures of her bakery look nice.
* She tells you how to make a basic French or Italian macaron shell. No frills. Good for a beginner macaronist like me. Essential. However, since it has no frills, I'm glad I have Hisako's book because Hisako actually tells you how to flavor a shell. Even with no extra flavor, the basic shell is crazy tasty though! Let me repeat, good for a beginner first time macarooner!
* What I don't like:
1. she calls for 2.5" circles. I made templates. Puzzled when I couldn't get the large number of macaron shells on a half sheet like she said, I pressed on. I believe this is a typo in the book. My macarons were HUGE. I like big cookies so it wasn't a big deal, but frankly, I think 1.5" is too small, 2" is just right, and 2.5" is too big. My husband found a true to scale picture of her macarons from her cafe and they are 2" in size...(three fingers thick). Hisako's are 2.5 cm large, so did she get her units wrong since she is French? I don't know. Her oven timing and temperatures were perfect for my extra large 2.5 " macarons though.
2. I added too much egg white powder since I live in Houston Tx. Perhaps, adding how much you should put in based on relative humidity would be helpful? That sounded nerdy.Read more ›
I would also recommend that you invest in a copper bowl. I have the Mauviel Copper 10-Inch Bowl with Ring which I bought on amazon when it was on special. Also I recommend a lower heat for the french macaron say 290F for 16 minutes.
Although I feel there are issues with the meringue recipe I certainly enjoyed experimenting with the different buttercreams and ganache that are in the book. That being said there are some issues with these recipes. For example with the ganache I recommend that you don't heat the chocolate but rather the cream and pour it over the room temperature chocolate. Also go easy on any of the essence or oils! Put in a drop or two, then mix, then taste and then a few more if needed.
The book itself has some wonderful ideas and beautiful clear pictures. The different buttercreams and ganache are yummy, but the macaron shell recipes need some fine tuning.
The size of the cookies is huge if piped at 2 1/2 inches and the measurements are definitely off for the recipe. All the numbers are just plain wrong. However, if you do decide to pipe them that large for whatever reason, just know you will have to increase the baking time immensely.
Also, the #8 tip is totally non-existent and, if it were, would not be the correct tip as it is much too small. Something in the range of of #11, around ½ inch, is actually what you're looking for.
It seems other people are a lot more forgiving than me because, despite the inaccuracies some have given the book a pretty decent rating. Personally if I'm spending my money on something thats sole purpose is to give me directions, especially in regard to something like macarons which must be exactly, perfectly done, I at least expect accurate measurements. If I have to totally re-write the thing than what is the purpose of buying the book in the first place?
I feel very badly for those who have never made a macaron and used this book. The book itself is cheap enough but, money aside, these cookies are difficult enough to pull off without having to bumble through poorly written recipes. For macarons, you really need to start with a good recipe so you can focus on your technique. This book makes that impossible and just sets one up for failure.Read more ›
The second chapter has fillings. There is a chocolate ganache filling recipe and a buttercream filling recipe, each with about 10 flavor variations. The other main filling recipe is for a homemade jam filling.
The third chapter consists of three main decoration ideas: macaron lollipos, tower of macarons, and sugar decorations for macarons. There are many, many colorful pictures throughout the book, though the book is quite small (about the size of a baby board book). The type in the book appears to be about an eleven or twelve point font.
Just a couple notes - there are some designs pictured on the macarons, but there are no explanations as to how to acheive those designs, which is too bad. Also, all of the recipes call for piping the shells and the fillings with a pastry bag and a #8 tip.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as easy as I thought--- my error not the authors
Well written. Very informative
Heck of a lot of work!!!
Very small book very expensive for what it is would not but againPublished 4 months ago by cindi evans
It's a decent book, but it's hard to make Macarons, maybe we didn't do it right.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Came quickly and packaged nicely. Nice for a new used book. Has a lot of good macaroons recipes in it. Well worth ordering.Published 5 months ago by vickie dotey
Doesn't have enough troubleshooting info. Found more online but still haven't made a good batch. Don't bother paying, recipes and everything else in here are more can be found... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ROCSC
Haven't baked them yet but if those cute little kids on that cook off show can do it, what am so scarred of? LOL The recipes looked awesome.Published 6 months ago by Jenny Copeland
This ended up being the Macaron book I used the most I liked the simple instructions and recipes. For me, it worked more like a cookbook than a lecture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erin Leigh Darnley
This book is filled with so many inaccuracies, I can't believe that it's been published. The only reason I could give it one star is that I can't give it 0. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sally Lynn MacDonald