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Mad About Macarons! Make Macarons Like the French [Hardcover]

Jill Colonna
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16 Sep 2010
A work of meringue-sandwiched brilliance The Parisian Macaron (or Macaroon) is the stylishly light French confection tipped to be the new cupcake and finally hitting the glossies outside France. The art of making macarons is highly respected in France, as it requires precision and technique to create its delicate airy meringue-based shell with a moist centre of fragrant custard cream or chocolate ganache. (An electronic scale is strongly recommended for measuring the ingredients.) Macarons can be a challenge for the beginner, but the process is made much easier and fun in this colourful new book from Jill Colonna. She guides you precisely through each step in making perfect Parisian macarons and explains simply and clearly her secrets so you can also make macarons like the French. Starting with classic macaron flavours such as rose, pistachio, chocolate, lemon and vanilla, she then encourages you to be creative with her inspiring chocolate combinations such as pistachio-wasabi and others with a British twist. Dazzle guests with macarons as a basis for chic desserts. Or amaze them with Jill's latest creation of the lightest, sugar-reduced, hot and spicy Tikka Mac'sala or Thai green curry macarons which are sensational either before or during dinner. Jill has created a recipe for a nut-free macaron, a treat for those with nut allergies. Suggested wines and speciality teas are suggested for each macaron recipe, along with presentation ideas for weddings, children's parties, gifts plus many other tips. You will discover that making Parisian macarons can be the most gratifying and addictive of life's little luxuries to make at home yourself.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Waverley Books Ltd; 1 edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849340412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849340410
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 20.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jill is Scottish but moved to Paris nearly 20 years ago. Excited to share her enthusiasm and macaron baking know-how, Jill wants to cut through any readers' fears that they are difficult. She demystifies Parisian pâtisserie chic to make the recipes straightforward, attainable and just as delicious. Jill is passionate that making macarons is just as addictive as eating them and wants you to enjoy the whole experience of producing these Parisian beauties at home.
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A bubbly woman came up to me at the end of a recent meet-up here in Paris with a bag of homemade macarons and a book which she just published on the same subject. In the bag were the most lovely little macarons I ve seen in all of Paris, even in the fancy places that churn out a gazillion of these cookies annually. Macarons have gone rogue, leaving the confines of Paris and spreading across the globe. Mad About Macarons! by Jill Colonna is lavishly photographed with lots of clears steps of the process for how to make classic macarons as well as interesting and unusual variations (curry, chocolate-beet, and pistachio-wasabi to name a few). If you like macarons, it's likely you'll love this book.

A work of meringue-sandwiched brilliance At last a dedicated Macaron book where the recipes actually work.This book not only provides a range of inspiring flavours to try and suggestions on service, but has a faultless basic recipe that is easy to follow and explains the secret method of macronnage. Follow the timings and you won't go wrong. --Sucré Coeur

About the Author

Jill Colonna is Scottish but moved to Paris nearly 20 years ago. When she tasted her first Parisian macaron it was love at first bite. Since then she has become a Macaronivore. As the best macarons tend to be expensive to buy, over the last few years she has rised to the challenge of making picture-perfect macarons at home. Creating perfection and inventing new tastes is vital for Jill, and her macarons are now in great demand from friends, family and associates. Now she shares her experiences and shows you that macarons are so much easier to make than you think.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect! 4 Nov 2010
At last a dedicated Macaron book where the recipes actually work. I run a wedding cake business and am often asked to supply extras, like cupcakes and cookies; but until now have always been a bit reticent about offering Macarons - just in case they don't work well enough to give to a bride! However, these wonderful little desserts are the height of fashion and sophistication, so the hunt has been on for a while to find a recipe that works. Mad about Macarons has finally ended the quest.
This book not only provides a range of inspiring flavours to try and suggestions on service, but has a faultless basic recipe that is easy to follow and explains the 'secret' method of macronnage. Follow the timings and you won't go wrong.
Since buying this book and starting to master the recipes I have offered some samples to the clients I have met with and now have a couple of definite macaron orders to add to their wedding cakes. Success.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book! 3 Oct 2010
What can I say? Clear instructions, easy to follow and made some delicious recipes. It's true it requires a little patience at times, but the rewards are well worth the wait. My particular favourite has to be the vanilla, lemon, poppyseed and cinnamon macaron.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes that work, now that's a relief 4 Oct 2010
I've become slightly obsessed by making macarons in the past year. I tried so many recipes off foodie blogs and one from another book. "Leave the oven door ajar, " some said (what a waste of energy! just turn it down!). "Use two baking trays, rap the baking sheet on the table, cover with greaseproof paper, turn the tray around during cooking, spin round three times and shout abracadabra and cross your fingers".
Well here's my addition to the advice out there "test your oven temperature (you might be surprised how wrong it is), read the recipe here carefully, and prepare to eat delicious macarons".
I'm not saying it's easy ... you need some baking competence ... but goodness me there's none of the kerfuffle I've read elsewhere. I got a sneak preview of this recipe, before it was a book, early in the year, straight from the author, so you could say I'm biased ... but I'm not. I was super excited to find the recipe worked a treat - no fuss. Now I'm chuffed I've got my copy of the actual book with all the variations and tips - and the nut-free recipe too (that's a first surely?). My only concern is that now that anyone can know how to make perfect macarons my pals might not be so excited about eating mine and I'll have to look for something else to cook.
What are those whoopie pie things anyway?
If you want to know how to make make macarons successfully at home, get this book, 3 baking trays, a piping bag and nozzle and a big roll of greaseproof paper. Cupcakes? Pah.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yabba Dabba Fab 16 Mar 2011
I HAVE MADE THE BEST MACCARONS - I used the Mad abut Macarons Method, now I have made many successful batches and had rave reviews by all. The book is informative, detailled and very accurate. This is definitely a book for professionals and amateurs alike as there are handy hints and tips which which are very useful. Chef's have asked me how I got my macarons so glossy looking, as his had a "dull look" this is all part of the secrets that Jill reveals in her book. I love the dessert ideas and the ideas for what to do with the egg yolks which are left. (I personally, have been making my own Creme Brulee Tarts). Even if you do not make a single macaron-its a beautiful "Coffee Table Book" .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, clear and works. 10 Dec 2010
I asked for this book for my birthday. Unfortunately, because my old fashioned scales are simply not accurate enough I had to wait until today (when I bought some electronic scales) to try out the recipe. Immediate success. I tried two batches in my electic oven and 2 in my gas oven on number 4. The ones in my gas oven were evenly coloured and slightly more raised than the ones in my electric oven. This is to be expected and I will experiment with my electric oven. All in all I am very pleased with the book and the recipes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Making macarons is easy. Thus spake Jill Colonna! Actually, it really isn't easy. I should know, I have made many batches from many different recipes, and when you look at the fabulous and beautiful pictures in this book, you are led to believe that you could make them like this in a short space of time. Not true, I'm afraid. You can copy these recipes to the minutest detail, include your oven thermometer, time your egg whites out of the fridge to the second, and I almost guarantee that it won't go right at first, second, third...
The book fails to mention the problems involved in colouring, which to me is one of the hardest areas to get right. It does say that powder or gel is preferable to liquid colour - actually I would rather say NEVER use liquid colour as it changes the consistency of the egg white - but fails to mention that most colours change and dull during the cooking process, nor does it suggest HOW MUCH colour to include. It also doesn't address the other biggest problem, which is how to avoid singeing the biscuits.
With these negatives in mind, however, the book is enjoyable and the recipe ideas are great, and I would certainly recommend it to those who have the confidence to get the biscuits right.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Well Received
Bought this as a gift for a family member who is very much into producing cakes, biscuits and the like. It was well received and is easy to follow. Read more
Published 12 days ago by T.J. Probert
5.0 out of 5 stars easy recipes
love that book as I feel the same and the recipes are just easy to follow and a lot of different once
Published 1 month ago by Sandra Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
A brilliant book! Everything worked first time and has some amazing flavour ideas. Clear instructions and great pictures to help you understand exactly when your macaron mix is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Love the book so far. Main basic recipe is written out once and variations are written out on separate pages, so have to flip back and forth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shaffq R.
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great for learning how to make macaroons, great ideas. cant wait to make more of these macaroons. would recommend to anyone who want to make them
Published 2 months ago by lauren humphries
5.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely
Great illustrations, looks easy, although I haven't yet made any! Would make a fantastic gift for anyone who likes to bake and is over cupcakes!
Published 3 months ago by Laila White
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, a MUST for all macaron fans.
I ordered this book as a present for my mum as she has been desperate to try and master the art of making macarons. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
down to earth, easy to follow recipes. nicely presented book, with clear instructions and lots of illustrations. Can't wait to try it out
Published 6 months ago by Rosie MacDiarmid
5.0 out of 5 stars brill x
lovely book with great illustrations, i cant wait to try every recipe in here and it's detailed instructions make it easy to follow and understand.
Published 6 months ago by connie-lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations
Great find. Beautiful photos and hints and tips help the inexperienced through the processes of baking delicious macarons. Wonderful flavour combinations.
Published 6 months ago by Jane
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