Today I thought I would try something new that I hadn’t baked before… French Macaroons. I have to be honest we went to France last year and I saw these in all the cake shops but I never actually tried one, I really wish I had. I keep seeing these on loads of different websites so I thought it was time I gave them a go. So here they are…

They were actually not as hard as I was expecting them to be to make. These are almond flavour with a vanilla butter cream inside. I think next time I might try a ganache center as the buttercream doesn’t go as hard as I would have liked. The best tip I can give any one thinking of giving these a go is one I saw on a cooking program recently. Before I started to pipe the mixture onto the baking sheets I printed out a template of 1inch circles which I laid under the parchment paper, this helped me get the circles roughly the same size each time.

I have to admit that I have eaten quite alot of these today, they are quite moreish, so I decided to package some of them up and give them to my friends and family. I have put some more images of the macaroons in their packages in the cookies gallery, so please take a look.