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Make your own Macarons with French Made Baking classes

Don't let these delicate little french pastries intimidate you. With a little practice and the right teacher, you'll be whipping up your own batch of perfect macarons in no time.

Photos by Nikki Tse.

It looks like the macaron craze is going to be hanging around Vancouver for a while, so instead of shelling out almost two dollars a piece, why not try your hand at whipping up a batch yourself?

Obviously they’re not as easy to bake as chocolate chip cookies or else they wouldn’t be as pricey, but with a little help from French Made Baking and a few sad batches, you’ll be a macaron pro in no time.

The three-hour class is lead by French Made owner, David Introligator, a self-taught pastry chef and baker who does a quick but thorough demonstration of both French macarons, which tend to be crunchier and chewier and Italian macarons, a crisper and fluffier macaron. This six-person class then gets to test out their skills by making a dozen of their own French macarons

Although they may look tricky to make, after dropping in on one of these private macaron classes and picking up a few tips and techniques, making your own macarons will seem much less daunting. 

Macarons are a delicate mix of finely ground almonds (almond flour), icing sugar and flour. David guides you through all the fine grinding, mixing, piping techniques, giving you extremely helpful tips to make sure you leave with an almost-perfect set of macarons.

David of French Made Baking demonstrating the perfect meringue texture.

You’ll want to go in with a bit of baking experience and knowledge of how to use an electric mixer. French Made macaron classes are $120 and include a batch of your own macarons plus half a dozen of French Made’s own Italian macarons and a set of macaron ingredients and tools to take home.

French Made Baking which just had their grand opening in March is run by David and Catherine, a “French from France” couple as they like to call themselves. Their store is located on 81 Kingsway just before Broadway near Kingsgate mall.

Making Italian macarons.

This unique little French pastry shop in Vancouver serves a variety of freshly baked, mostly organic French pastries including madeleines, fondant au chocolat, caneles, chouquettes (sweet puff pastries) and gougeres (savoury puff pastries). French Made’s fleur de sel sable cookies are also a must-try. These little buttery, chocolatey melt-in-your mouth French biscuits are to die for. Make sure to pick up a chocolate croissant as well. They may seem like a “whatever” kind of pastry that you can get at your local bakery, but French Made has perfected this crispy and flakey pastry that beats out even Thierry’s chocolate croissants.

If you’re interested in learning to bake puff pastries and croissants, French made will be holding a demonstration class on April 15.

Completed chocolate macarons

The Pastry Training Centre of Vancouver on Renfrew ($90) and J’adore Les Macarons ($100) also have similar macaron classes.

Still not sold on baking your own macarons? Check out any of these Vancouver macaron bakeries and pick up a batch. I highly recommend either French Made’s or Soirette.

Know of any other great macaron places? Tweet me @vcyee1088

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