I know this may sound funny but I’ve never used a stencil to help me pipe out macarons. Even as a total wobbly beginner, when I started out making them 10 years ago, I didn’t.
Over the years, I’ve just become used to piping out macaron batter freehand. Granted, each tray’s shells are not always completely uniformed in size. Out of 3 trays, I’ll often just get one or two strays that I love to put aside, scoosh out some extra filling on top and enjoy as a taster before putting them all in the box to mature in the fridge for 24 hours.
Then the other day, I heard about this new pre-printed macaron parchment paper guide called MacShapes.
For novice macaron bakers in particular, this parchment paper is definitely a great confidence booster, as it’s such a helpful guide to get you started. There’s no need for tracing out stencils by hand. They’re pre-printed with food-grade ink. An extra luxury is the baking paper’s quality.
The MacShapes Giveaway
The lovely people at MacShapes have kindly offered a roll each to TEN lucky winners residing in the USA or Canada.
The Giveaway ends Sunday 1 June 2014 (Midnight in Paris)
The GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Update, 2nd June 2014:
Congratulations to Susan, Karen, Judy, Donna, Mardi, Lake Lili, Chantal, Rieko, Camiella and Christopher – the ten Giveaway winners were selected using the Random Integer Generator on Random.com and will receive a roll of macaron parchment paper from MacShapes. An email has been sent to them today.
How to Enter
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me if you’re a beginner or if you have ever used stencils to guide you in macaron making – and, why not what flavour you’d love to see for this macaron?
1. Open to US and Canadian residents only.
2. Last entries accepted until Sunday 1 June (midnight in Paris; GMT +1)
2. The 10 winners will be selected at random (using www.random.org) and notified by email on Monday 2 June 2014.
Don’t forget there will be 10 lucky winners. Good luck!
Disclaimer: MacShapes supplied me with their pre-printed macaron parchment paper to review . I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.