March 21st is Macaron Day!!!


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Did you know that today is National Macaron Day. For those of you who do not know what a Macaron is, Macaron is a scrumptious delicious bitesize dessert originally from France. Those sweet desserts   are made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar and ground almond. It is usually filled with buttercream, jam, or flavored ganache.

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It is hard to describe a macaron. People often  want to compare them to meringues because they are light like meringues, and a bit fluffy like them also, but that would not give them justice!!!

Macarons  are like heaven in your mouth. Those cloud like cookies will take you by surprise.  Because of their crunchy shell, you will not expect their smooth and soft, delicate filling inside that will melt  in your mouth  releasing their delicate flavors.

A very re-known Chef by the name of François Payard once described his sensation when eating one:” the many different flavors textures and flavors will hit you all at once”.

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Have you had yours today??? If you have not, it is probably too late, though it depends where you live. But if you live in my corner of the world, you are probably out of luck.

But,  Easter is coming soon, so you can always order some for a special someone. They make for great gifts, and they are very impressive!!!

And they will,  always always please your crowd!!!

Not really sure what to bring your mom, or grandmother for Easter. Don’t just settle for chocolate eggs, bought from the local grocery store. Get them something that has personality, get them something that is  fabulous like those Parisian Macarons. They are yummy, delicious, you will not regret it. Plus they are gluten free.

Let me know if you wish to order some. ( Minimum Order is a dozen per flavor).

Special Easter Flavors

Box of 12 :$15(2 macarons of each flavor) or

Box of 24 : $27 ( 4 macarons of each flavors)

Strawberry

Vanilla

Pistachio

Blueberry

Lemon

Apricot

Strawberry

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The usual Flavors are as followed:

chocolate
coffee
vanilla
choco/ mint
raspberry
strawberry
almond
lemon
lime
orange
anis/ licorice
black berry
lavender
rose
green tea
hazelnut
pistachio
mandarin
grapefruit
coconut
peppermint
peanut butter
maple syrup
dulce de leche


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Please place your order 48 hours in advance as Macarons are best eaten fresh, and they will need to be made the day prior of the delivery. Thank you! ( Price upon request).

Call to order at 864-494-4494.

A fun treat for Easter: Easter Nest.


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I hope you guys had a great Easter with your family, and for my non Christian friends, i hope that you had a great passover. I had a wonderful time in company of the whole family. We had a very good brunch. And no, I did not cook, which was fine with me.

I wanted, nonetheless, to share with you a recipe that I made yesterday for our weekend treat. I don’t know what the weather looked like on your side of the world, but yesterday it was just awful here. Cold and rainy. So guess what I did to entertain myself? cook;-)

I wanted to make something fun for the upcoming Easter so  i settled for  cupcakes. Fun cupcakes. Here it is:

 

Ingredients for 12 cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour,
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder,
  • 1/4 tsp of salt,
  • 6 Tbsp of butter,
  • 2 large eggs,
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk,
  • 2 Tbsp of vanilla extracts,
  • 1/2 cup of milk.
  1. Turn the oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, the salt and the baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and the butter until it becomes light and fluffy.
  4. Add one egg at a time beating well.
  5. Add the flour mixture in 3 times, alternating with the milk ( 2 times).
  6. Beat well until well combined, but do not overbeat.
  7. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake holes. I used a straight cupcake tray and cook for 15-18 for normal size cupcakes or until they are cooked ( when inserting a toothpick, it should come out clean)
  8. Let the cupcakes cool before decorating with the frosting.

Ingredients for the frosting and the decoration:

  • 12 ounces of Semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of easter eggs  of your choice ( i like the Cadbury)
  1. Place the cream into a small bowl and place it in the microwave to cook for 1 minute.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips that you would have placed into another small bowl. Let the cream melt the chocolate by NOT MIXING. Leave it alone for 1 minute.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add butter and mix well again.
  5. Let the mixture rest until it has cooled down ( about 1 hour or less if you place it in the fridge).
  6. Fill a medium-sized ziploc bag with the frosting. Cut a small hole at the end of the bag and drizzle the frosting on the top of the cupcake making it look like straws of a nest.
  7. Place a few Easter eggs on top of the frosting.
  8. Place the cupcakes in the fridge to cool for a few minutes before eating, or the frosting may fall.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

 

Chocolate Eggs


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I had so much fun making those chocolate covered eggs that i did not stop there and ventured to make some chocolate shells to make chocolate eggs. I will tell you that the process itself was a bit long as I wanted to create different patterns on my eggs, but it was fairly easy and much much fun.

Of course everyone enjoyed receiving those eggs as they were made especially for them, and with much love and attention. I dare you to try to make some next year with your children, they are a bit of a change from the colored eggs that we all are used to make.

Ingredients for about 10 eggs:

  • 1 cup of vanilla flavored bark
  • food coloring
  • 2-3 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips -I used Ghiradelli 
  • a bag of Easter eggs ( either jelly beans or chocolate) – I used Cadbury..
  1. Melt 1/4 cup of vanilla chocolate bark and mix in some coloring of your choice to make the color of your choice. Place this melted chocolate into a plastic bag, or a pastry bag and drizzle this chocolate in the inside of the egg prints of the egg tray.
  2. Repeat this process with all the colors that you want, to make various drawings or designs.
  3. Place the tray into the fridge for a few minutes to cure the chocolate.
  4. Meanwhile warm up the chocolate in the microwave for 90 seconds and stir. Warm up the chocolate at 30 seconds increments to make sure that it does not burn, and do this until the chocolate is completely liquid and free of lumps.
  5. Let the chocolate cool until it is lukewarm.
  6. Warm the chocolate again in the microwave to make it liquid  ( this process will guarantee your eggs to stay firm, and the chocolate to stay shiny).
  7. Either pour some chocolate inside the egg shapes and  move the egg around so that the chocolate will cover the entire shell, or use a pastry brush and paint the inside of each egg shell.
  8. Place the tray inside the fridge to cure the chocolate for a few minutes.
  9. Repeat this process again.
  10. Place the tray inside the fridge for 8 hours or more.
  11. The next day, place a pot filled with water over a hot stove and bring the water to boil.
  12. When the water is boiling, place a lid upside down onto the pot.
  13. Get an egg shell and quickly place it onto the lid to melt the chocolate.photo
  14. Quickly grab another egg shell, place a few small eggs into the egg shell, place the other egg shell with the melted chocolate and keep it together to close them.photo
  15. With your fingers, wipe the chocolate around the eggs to close the seam.photo
  16. Repeat this process with all the eggs.photo
  17. Place the eggs into the fridge to cool, and keep them into a cool place until you are ready to give them out.photo

18. Enjoy!!!

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Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!