Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Gourmet French Macarons Book [by Mindy Cone] Giveaway!

Are you smitten with French macarons?  If not, it must be because you haven't tried them yet.  If you haven't, now is your chance to make these decadent treats at home using step by step instructions from Mindy Cone's new Gourmet French Macaron cookbook, perfect for any novice baker (like myself) or seasoned baker.  My six year old daughter and I sampled our first macarons this past spring from the Laduree store on Madison Avenue in NYC and were hooked!  Knowing we wouldn't be paying $3 per macaron on a regular basis, we were excited to discover that we could make these little beauties at home!  Follow our baking progress below and read about how the Mindy Cone (the professional) does it, and enter our giveaway for her fun and informative book!

Our Experience
My kitchen is not stocked with high-end baking tools but my Ikea scale seemed to [mostly] do the trick for measuring ingredients!  The key with mixing the shell batter is making sure it is the correct consistency.  Mindy gives some great tips for figuring out if your batter needs more folding.

Another very useful tool in Mindy's book is the CD of printable shape templates!  We were going for simple and easy so we used the 2" diameter circle template.  I didn't have the recommended piping tip, nor piping bags but I used my one larger circle tip and ziplock bags for piping which seemed to work okay!

 Our shells freshly out of the oven.  Not bad to have only two cracked (a.k.a. crackarons) shells but ours are missing their "feet" (the fluffy airy part on the bottom)!  I will be referring to Mindy's troubleshooting section next time around...but for now we'll pretend it was our high altitude of 6800 ft.
 We used the buttercream recipe from the book.  Best.Buttercream.Recipe.Ever!  And shared them with our friends who had never heard of French Macarons but thought they were amazingly delicious!  My daughter and I are excited to try adding colors and different shapes next time.  Perhaps the pumpkins for Thanksgiving!

More about Mindy

Mindy is an entertaining, food, and party stylist on the blog Creative Juice. She writes about how to entertain your guests and kids with style and creativity! She shares diy tutorials, recipes, tips, tricks, and ideas to make your next event detailed, personalized, and of course creative!  Gourmet French Macarons was written and photographed by Mindy Cone herself!     


Pumpkin macarons - on our to-do list!


Check out those FEET!  

Watch the video to find out more about Mindy and how her book idea came about!  

Gourmet French Macarons from TK Productions on Vimeo.

You can find out more about Mindy here:

Check here to see if Mindy will be in your area for her book tour! 

Now I'm sure you're ready to bake your own macarons and throw a party!  We've got you covered, enter to win Mindy's book below and check out our own french macaron inspired party invitation!

Enter to win hardcover book (if you're in the contiguous U.S.) or E-book if you are not via the Rafflecopter widget below.  Contest is open to anyone age 18 and older.  Winner will be posted here upon contest end and will be emailed within 48 hours of contest end via the email attached to your Facebook account.  You will have 48 hours to claim your prize.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  If you have any additional questions - feel free to send us an email woliver@greenbeansieink.com Contest runs September 19 (12 a.m. EST) to September 26 (12 a.m. EST).  
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