Mad About Macarons – The Book

Make Macarons like the French

Macarons are easier to make than you think: you just need a good recipe!
There is such mystique generated about making macarons and although the process must be followed exactly, Jill Colonna shows you how to make perfect macarons every time in her bestselling book, Mad About Macarons!

Six pages are devoted to easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions making the baking process straightforward. Though it requires time, attention to detail and careful measuring, there’s no need for some unnecessary rituals.  There’s also no need for a sugar thermometer since we’re making French meringue, not Italian.

  • Are you mad about macarons too? Enjoy a sample tasting…

  • The book contains 38 macaron recipes, is full of tips and includes serving suggestions for teas, coffees and wines to complement your home-made macarons.

  • Six pages are devoted to illustrated easy-to-follow recipe instructions, making the baking process straightforward.

  • Though it requires time, attention to detail and careful measuring, there’s no need for some unnecessary rituals. There’s also no need for a sugar thermometer since we’re making French meringue, not Italian.

  • The macaron is not only gluten free but also such a scrumptiously versatile treat…

  • Starting with classic flavours such as lemon, vanilla, rose, pistachio, coffee and chocolate, you’ll discover that making macarons can also be rather addictive, as well as eating them.

  • There’s even a nut-free macaron recipe using quinoa, just as delicious as the classic, and with a chocolate-coffee ganache.

  • A whole chapter is devoted to chocolate macaron combinations

  • After trying the classics, be creative with your own favourite macaron flavours. Try these pistachio, white chocolate and wasabi for something deliciously different.

  • Enjoy the most fun tasting sensation with mini savoury macs, such as tikka macsala curry, or Thai green curry macarons, with a spicy kick that’s guaranteed to make you smile.

  • Dazzle your friends with the easiest dessert to put together at the last minute. Your macaron shells can easily be frozen in advance.

  • And so that you can continue to make macarons, check out some yolk recipe ideas included in the annex.

  • Have fun and don’t forget to share your macarons with us #madaboutmacarons

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Mad About Macarons: Table of Contents

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Black Sesame Ice Cream

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Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding

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Raspberry Vegan Macaron Recipe (Using Aquafaba French Meringue)

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French Blueberry Lemon Bavarois With Roasted Coriander

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Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

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Almond Lemon Easter Cake (Gluten Free)

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Macaron Day Paris 2018 – Plan your Visit!

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Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

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Curried Cauliflower Soup with Seared Scallops – and a Flooded Seine

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Another Year and Even More Mad About Macarons!

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Mulled Wine Prunes

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Mini Rhubarb Crumbles

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Brandy Snaps – Mojito Style!

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Macaron Tiramisu (gluten free)

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Gingerbread Apple Caramel Trifles

A must try! The perfect Autumnal dessert or an alternative to Thanksgiving - delicious with salted caramel macarons from 'Teatime in Paris'.
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Mini Macaron Trifles – Ispahan Style

A trifle of British nostalgia given a mini Parisian touch, all dressed up for your party!
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Fig & Almond Pudding

A simple, elegant figgy pudding with the added French touch of mini raspberry macarons
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Chocolate Cherry Ganache – Macaron Filling

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Caramel Jasmine Macaron Filling

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A Sexy Valentine Dessert Recipe: Red Fruit Bavarois

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This photo…
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