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Well I promised I would be back with another sweet treat and today it is all about one of my most favourite little bites of luxury – macaroons. First attracted by all the pretty colours, I treated myself to some from Betty’s in Harrogate. Naturally, I bought one of each – raspberry, vanilla, pistachio, chocolate and lemon. I couldn’t wait until I got home to sample them and anyone observing me on the train might have thought they’d stepped into THAT scene from When Harry Met Sally! I have, of course, made it my mission to research and sample macaroons from any establishment that sells them. I have to say that Betty’s still remain my favourites, even over and above some well established Parisienne patisseries.
When I came across a stamp set produced by Avery Elle, that includes macaroons ,there was no question – I had to have it as part of my collection:
I’m sharing this over at Papercraft Star where this week’s challenge is pastels. You can get a matching die set which means making the macaroons is super simple. I stamped them onto pastel shades of pearl card using gold ink and embossing powder, heat embossed them and then ran them through my Grand Calibur.
The Ooh La La and the square pattern are also stamps in the set.
The little flowers just finish it off.
I am going to have a lot of fun creating cards with this stamp set, the only trouble is that my macroon craving will grow worse!
I failed miserably at my attempt at making macroons! Fortunate then, that my youngest son, trainee chef and DJ Beez, has totally mastered the art himself! As luck would have it, last night he had a 5 hour test at college which included making macaroons. Take a look:
Arent’ they great – they taste as good as they look and, I’m proud to report, earned him a distinction 🙂 He also used one to decorate his iced parfait dessert:
That amazing curl is made from chocolate. Another distinction too 🙂 🙂 He apparently had to beg his tutor to allow him to bring the macraoons home for his mum. And, just in case you are wondering, they have all been eaten!