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cantcookbutluv2eat Jun 29, 2010 01:26 PM

Does anyone know where I can take a class (private or group) on making French macarons?

I have been trying unsuccessfully for months and spent crazy amounts of money on almonds and almond flour. I'm not giving up! But I would love some guidance. I'd even be willing to travel for a class. That would be a fun weekend getaway! Thank you!

  1. opinionatedchef Jan 10, 2012 10:55 PM

    sorry i don't know the name, but the Globe recently had a small piece on a new macarons bakery in Lexington. Maybe she does classes. Also maybe call and ask at : Camb School of Culinary Arts; Newbury College; French Culinary Academy(?) near Kendall Sq., BCAE and CCAE.; and Flour bakery. Best of luck.

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    1. re: opinionatedchef
      Mr Bigglesworth Jan 11, 2012 06:43 AM

      http://www.macaronsweeterie.com/ I haven't been yet but plan on swinging by the next time I pay a visit to Wilson Farms...

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      cocoabrioche Dec 6, 2011 07:44 PM

      Delphin Gomes teaches at the Cambridge School. report here:

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        seidleroni Dec 6, 2011 06:19 PM

        I've actually had very good success with David Lebovitz 's recipe for French Maracon. which can be found here (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2005/10/...). The only way in which I deviated from the recipe is that I mixed it much more than the recipe calls for. If you dont mix it enough, you will get large air bubbles which you dont want. I deflate the batter until it looks very thick, like cake or brownie batter. After that you can pipe it out and cook it. For the filling I just pureed some jams or made some standard chocolate ganache and it worked out well. Once you have the macaron (with the perfect feet, of course!) the filling is easy.

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          ladybugthepug Dec 5, 2011 02:24 PM

          Mille-fueille in NYC offers a private one-on-one (or two student) hands on lessons that are four hours in length. I can honestly say that with the amount of macarons you walk out with, and the fact that your success rate at home goes through the roof is worth every single penny. I've taken classes in Michigan, SF, and this one. I have little doubt this will be last class you'll ever need. Olivier teaches you the Italian meringue with three different fillings. I think it would make a great holiday gift or birthday present.

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          1. re: ladybugthepug
            threedogs Dec 5, 2011 08:58 PM

            I'm looking at his site but I don't see anything about the class. (wow- he made all the pastries for his own WEDDING?!!! that's beyond impressive!) The macarons look beautiful, too.

            This is insane as I don't have the money for much of anything these days - but what a gift to myself that would be... with the cheapo bus fares to NYC, this is almost a possibility!

            Btw - cantcookbutluv2eat , I admire your persistence!! If you decide to do this, be sure to report back to us. I might not be able to do this, but I can live through your experience, hahaha!

            1. re: threedogs
              Mr Bigglesworth Dec 6, 2011 06:39 AM

              The Flour cookbook has an approachable but delicious recipe for almond macaroons.

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                ladybugthepug Jan 10, 2012 07:05 PM

                They now have a a tab on their website, with prices. Here is the link:

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              PrincessSRS Sep 5, 2010 06:08 AM

              The Bonnie Gordon school in Toronto has a macaron class. It's a 2 day class that does macarons, caramels, marshmallows and financiers. We spent a day and a half on macarons, and they came out great! Here's a link to their class listing: http://bonniegordoncakes.com/pages/cl...

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              1. re: PrincessSRS
                threedogs Dec 5, 2011 08:51 PM

                Ah, I envy you!! I wish I could go there -I even sought out their Facebook page awhile back. Sounds like a great experience!

              2. greygarious Jun 29, 2010 05:15 PM

                Gesine Bullock-Prado specializes in both macarons and almond macaroons. She gave a class at King Arthur Flour in VT a few weeks ago - I don't know what she demonstrated there. Her website is www.gesine.com and there's a link to her blog on it. Many enticing photos and recipes on the blog.

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