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Aspiring Bakers #17 – March Macaron Madness! (Mar 2012)

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Hello Fellow Aspiring Bakers!

March is here and its macaroning time! Time to whisk up those egg whites and get funky with colours and flavourings! Yes, it can be a challenge for those who’s not made it before, but its also gonna be fun! Be forewarned, it can get addictive! Challenge yourself by making a batch of basic macs and enthrall your family and friends with them! If others can do it, so can you!

For seasoned mac bakers, extend your repertoire from the run-in-the-mill chocolate and vanilla by trying out new flavours and designs! Fruits, spices and liqueurs are just some of the things I can think of now and hoping to see in your bakes! Pay homage to grandmasters of pastry making like Pierre Herme or Stephane Glacier by re-creating some of their masterpieces, so simply come up with your very own, which may become your very own signature bakes in time to come!

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What are we looking for?
French, or more specficially Parisian macarons in all thinkable colour, shape, size and flavours! Get creative and get crazy cos its macaron madness! Macarons inspired and incorporated bakes and makes are also accepted! Think trifle, tarts and even tiramisu!!! Its just gotta have a macaron in it, so think creative!
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Who can join?
Everyone! (if you do not have a blog, just send me a photo and recipe of your macarons). If you have baked macs before, its time to stretch your tent with your creativity. If you havent dabble with them before, this is the perfect excuse to get started!
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 How to join?
Step 1 : Make some macarons in the month of March 2012. Any Parisian macaron is acceptable, any colour, any flavour, any shape and any size! But not coconut macaroons and meringue cookies please!
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Step 2 : Post it on your blog between 01 March 2012 and 31 March 2012. Your post must include the recipe or link to the original recipe. If you are using a recipe from a book, please include the title of the book too. Please note the following!

*Any entries that are posted outside the date range will not be accepted.

*Any entries that do not include a recipe or link to the original recipe will not be accepted too.
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Step 3 : Please mention that you are submitting your post to Aspiring Bakers #17 – March Macaron Madness! (Mar 2012) hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies and provide a link back to this post HERE. Entries will not be accepted if the above is not included.
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Step 4 : Email to travellingfoodies.sg@gmail.com in the following format: –

Your name or nickname: –

Your blog name: (omit this if you do not have a blog) –

Name of your macaron: –

URL of your post: –

URL of your photo (one photo for each entry): (alternatively, you can attach your photo in your email, preferably less than 500kb).

Please use “Aspiring Bakers #17” as your email subject. You may submit more than 1 entry. The roundup will be posted on 1st April 2012 (no April Fools’ joke here!)
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To show my appreciation for your active participation, I have prepared a little giveaway! TWO (2) participants whom will be picked by Random Org will each receive a copy of Secrets of Macarons by french pastry chef José Maréchal. The winners will be announced after the round up is done.
Just a gentle reminder, that the deadline for Aspiring Bakers #16: Fun with Fondant! (February 2012), hosted by Yvonne of iceamericanos has been extended to 6th March 2012. So you ain’t late to send in your submissions to Yvonne yet!
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If you have questions, queries or doubts, feel free to email me at travellingfoodies.sg@gmail.com and I’ll try my best to answer them! Alternatively, chat me up over facebook!  http://www.facebook.com/travellingfoodies

Good luck and looking forward to all your macs!


57 responses

  1. You’ll get one from me tomorrow!

    March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Thanks for supporting Wendy!

      March 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  2. Hi Allan, I took your “advice”, and post it to today, lol! It’s not illegal right? Lol! Anyway, I own my post, who is to say otherwise, heehee! Thanks for hosting! Will submit my post soon. (^_^)

    March 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      should be ok la! better early than late! 🙂

      March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  3. Yeah, we got entries so fast! Hope this will make AB more exciting. A little quiet these few months. 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  4. alan, would like to support you and AB..no promises, i’ll try if i can…do you accept ‘cacat’ macarons or not??

    March 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      hahaha don’t worry Lena! Just go ahead and try!

      March 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm

  5. This is a real challenge to me because I’ve never tried to make macarons before. Hopefully I can make some for AB this month … 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Ann! Yes, it can be quite unnerving for folks who’s not made them before! But do give it a try! Looking forward to seeing your macs!

      March 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm

  6. I had a trial baking for macarons a few weeks back and they tasted good, just that they didn’t look pretty, more like fat “burgers”… haha. I’m gonna challenge it again this month, hopefully they’ll turn out decent! Thanks for hosting! I’m now able to strike off one item on my to-bake-one-day list! (:

    March 2, 2012 at 12:12 am

  7. Alan (travellingfoodies)

    Hi Jasline! Yes do give them another shot and let us know how it turned out!

    March 2, 2012 at 1:11 am

  8. You made all these macarons? Very nice! Maybe I should take this as an excuse to whip up some. I heard it is pretty challenging to get those feet. March is a busy month with lots of challenges ahead…sigh!

    March 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Biren! I’d made some of them, not all. 🙂 Ispahan (large pink ones with raspberries and rose cream filling), Citron (egg yolk yellow shells with lemon curd filling), Satine (yellow and white shells with passionfruit creamcheese filling and Mogador (yellow shells speckled with cocoa powder and passionfruit chocolate ganache filling) in the last photo were done by me. The other photos came from my Japan trip last year, when we ate a helluva macarons, together with other pastries.

      That said, once you’d mastered the technique for making the shells, the rest is quite manageable. And that would open the door to an indefinite number of possibilities and combinations in terms of colour, flavour and texture! I would dare say macarons would surely be amongst the “most versatile bakes” list!

      March 2, 2012 at 2:11 am

  9. Hey Alan. Great Theme! Will definitely challenge myself this month..

    March 2, 2012 at 3:20 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Thanks Yvonne! Looking forward to your macs!

      March 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  10. oh yay!! I finally have an excuse to use up all my egg whites in the fridge! Now all I need is ground almond! 😀 So excited to start making these little French cookies!!

    March 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    • PS. Your pictures look absolutely GORGEOUS!

      March 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      • Alan (travellingfoodies)

        hahaha thank!

        March 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Samantha, Thanks for dropping by! Looking forward to your macarons!

      March 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

  11. Wow! so tempted and also a very challenges recipe for me…..i never try this before and i still new in baking.

    March 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Petra, do give it a shot! Its a challenge for many of us here as well. Should be fun!

      March 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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  13. yay! I love this month’s aspiring bakers challenge =) because I love making macarons! you will get an entry from me soon 🙂 and yay for the giveaway~~

    i was just wondering… the recipe that I use to make macarons was actually a friends recipe and she told me by word of mouth.. so there is no link to a blog or book. How shall I refer to the recipe?


    March 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      hi there! Yes I’m looking forward to your entry and hopefully you won’t stop at just one! making macarons can be so addictive right? 🙂

      About the recipe link, you can simple type out the recipe into your blog entry. You can tell us about your friend who shared the recipe with you and how you guys got around to make macs! That would make a wonderful post already isn’t it? 🙂

      March 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  14. Trying to squeeze time to bake this for the event 🙂 Fingers crossed!

    March 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      yes! i’m waiting for your entry! 🙂

      March 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

  15. Oh my dear Alan, I am still scratching head how to make my mac pretty in order to submit my entry. I have tell you my piping sucks!! I won’t give up and because you a are host, I must give my support. I am going to make lots of macs this month and I don’t believe that there won’t be one sweetie that will be qualified for the catwalk! Off to break some eggs!

    March 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      haha no pressure veronica! Certainly hope that you would be able to make a few! but no pressure my dear friend!

      March 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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  19. Look forward to seeing more beautiful macarons. The ones above are mouthwatering!

    March 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Jodi! I’m curious at how the roundup at the end of the month would be like too! Keeping fingers crossed with anticipation!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:46 am

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  22. Hello, I love this challenge! I love macarons, you are right, they are so versatile. Once you get the hang of it, they are not so hard. I love your pictures. Your macarons look amazing!!! Very inspirational and I hope you posted the recipes somewhere on your site? I haven’t had a chance to look around yet. I am hoping to try the passionfruit flavor in a macaron soon!

    March 21, 2012 at 6:07 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Thanks for your entry! I’m inspired by your wasabi-infused one too!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

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  24. I will try to make few for this theme!! Tough one! Thanks for organizing.

    March 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Yes please! You have made macarons before, so this is definitely not a problem for you! 🙂

      March 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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  26. Finally i challenged my self to bake macaron. and this is my first time….really challenges for me….
    i have already submit my post to your email.

    my post : http://petsleepingpig.blogspot.com/2012/03/macaron.html

    March 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  27. oh boo hoo… just stumbled here. I LOVE making macaroons. I love Pierre Hermé. I met him once when I was in cooking school at ESCF in Paris. He visited our classroom.
    I don’t know if I can pull them off by tomorrow…. but I might try!

    March 31, 2012 at 3:12 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      Hi Wendy! Yes, please try!!! Would love to see an entry from you.

      And yes again, I’m so jealous that Pierre Herme dropped by your class in ESCF. It must feel really great to be in the presence of a giant like him! 🙂

      March 31, 2012 at 3:25 am

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  29. ok – see what I can do today… if not, I’m following you and will be there Mar 1 2013. And the ‘meeting’ didn’t mean as much to me until later. It was 2003 and he was at Ferrandi looking around the classrooms. I think he might have been teaming up with the school for something- not really sure.
    After a few years in France I knew I’d become a total food geek when I was at a show and I was yanking on my friend’s sleeve- “Oh my God…that cute redhead..that’s Eric Kayser”

    March 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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  33. Alan (travellingfoodies)

    Oic… a brief encounter with the big man then!

    No pressure on the macarons! there’s always a next time yes!

    And you’d met Eric Kayser too! How envious indeed!

    April 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm

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  35. Man I wish I knew about this back in March! I actually had a macaron week in march where I posted one flavour a day for a week! (http://alimentageuse.com)

    May 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      wow! Your macs are lovely! its a pity that you didnt get a chance to join us in the fun. the loss is ours! But then again, everyday’s a macaron day if you love to make it. So continue to share you lovely macs please!

      May 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

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