Petits Biscuits Fourrés Français
Is that lovely little French confection spelled Macaron? Or is it Macaroon? If you were lucky enough to attend the first Macaroon/Macaron Baking class at Matthew’s Restaurant, you would be well versed on the difference between the two types of sweets. Chef Rebecca Reed, Matthew’s Pastry Chef, delighted the group with some history of the French confection, a peek behind the scenes where the restaurant’s dessert magic happens, and plenty of hands-on pastry bag time.
Chef Reed’s demonstration highlighted that while cooking may be an art, baking is indeed a science, and she shared some secrets of the pros to help demystify the French delicacy. The group learned to whip the meringue to just the right consistency, how to pipe without creating a pointy top, and what to do if your piping isn’t picture perfect. (Try lifting the silpat mat up and down quickly to even it out and gently tap air bubbles with your finger!)