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Lemon Macarons with Lemon Curd

22 Jan

Hello everyone!

How is everyone’s week going?  I was happy to have Monday off,  I always feel like I accomplish so much more by just having one extra day off.  I was finally able to get my shoe closet project started, but most importantly I had some time to bake : )!

Last week, a coworker of mine who has a lemon tree brought in a bunch of lemons.  I gladly took a few and immediately began to think what I could make.  My mind of course went straight to my favorite dessert:  Lemon macarons.

For those of you who don’t know me, I absolutely love anything lemon flavored.  Lemon cake, lemon tea, lemon cookies, lemon frosting, lemonade, and of course lemon macarons.  Lemon macarons are probably my favorite dessert, ever.   I used to make them with lemon buttercream, but recently I’ve been obsessed with lemon curd, so it’s only natural that I combined lemon macarons with lemon curd.  Additionally, lemon curd is great because it’s a perfect way of using those egg yolks that normally would get discarded while making your macaron shells.

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Festive Fall Cakepops!

27 Nov

Fall has to be my favorite season for baking.  With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas all near each other, the amounts of baking that occurs in my house is endless!  Although I have to admit, I took it easy this year as far as Halloween goes, since we opted to go to Disney instead of really having a party.

Every year at work we have a Thanksgiving luncheon, as well as a charity bake sale.  Cakepops have been such a hit with my friends and coworkers so I usually make those for both our luncheon and the bake sale.  I usually make pumpkin flavored pumpkin cakepops, which I of course did this year, but I also added on some cute turkey cakepops!

The main integral structure of the cakepops remains identical (unless you decide to do something that isn’t spherical), and only differs when it comes to decoration, so once you know the basics, the possibilities are endless : )!

Ok, let’s begin!

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Chocolate Macarons filled with Nutella

22 Oct

I was in a Nutella kind of mood one night, so obviously I felt the need to make some chocolate macarons filled with Nutella!

To make these, follow the recipe for my basic macarons (https://scienceandmacarons.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/first-post-macaron-recipe/) and add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and remove about 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar to even out the dry ingredients. Then, simply fill with Nutella!

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First Post + Macaron Recipe :)

14 Aug

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my blog! If you don’t know me, my name is Nikki and I love to bake!  Baking has been a passion of mine, and I’ve been wanting to start a blog about my culinary adventures for a long time, but never seemed to have the time.  I’ve just recently finished graduate school, so that has given me some free time to finally get to work on this project : ).  If you’re wondering about the title of my blog “Science and Macarons” those of you who know me, will already know about my obsession with French macarons.  As for the science part? Well, science plays a big part of my daily life as an engineer, so what better name to describe myself than two subjects that I am very passionate about!

In order to kick start my blog, I figured I would make my favorite item, which is of course a French macaron.  For this particular entry, I’ll be doing an unusual variation: Lemon Cherry Blossom macarons.  The reason being was that I wanted to make something a bit more unusual than the average macaron as they were going to be a gift for a dear friend of mine : ).  Also, I’ve been dying to use some Cherry Blossom ingredients that I have laying around.  Fear not if you don’t have some of these ingredients, I’ll list substitutions when possible : ).

Let’s begin!

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