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A New Level of Crazy: Macaron Mayhem Edition

As you may have noticed, two of my passions are baking and fandom. And the most fun I can have is when I combine the two. And I had an opportunity to do this recently, because Swancon was on, and Twelfth Planet Press had a special announcement to make. The question was, how to do it in style? Remember last time, when I decorated 300 cupcakes in a hotel room? Yeah, I didn’t learn.

And, since this time around I would be in my own kitchen, Ā I couldn’t just live with that, could I? Noooo, I had to up the difficulty level. Because that seems to be how I define fun. šŸ™‚

The Challenge: A macaron for each of the nineĀ released book of the Twelve Planets series. Colour and flavour matched.Ā AndĀ for an added twist of difficulty I decided to make over half of the fillings dairy free.

Now, NO ONEĀ should eat nine macarons in a short period, not unless they want to go into sugar shock, so by optingĀ for mini macs we figured we’d lower the sugar intake for those determined adventurous enough to try all flavours. What Alisa and I discovered with a full day spent cooking, isĀ minis are way harder to get right than traditional sized ones, which meansĀ I have A LOT of leftovers (aka way less than perfect) at home that we are working our way though.

FYI they look a lot like this.

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However, we did end up with around 450 complete mini macarons for the night.

A night which seemed to be a success.

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Last few… they were gone moments later.

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And Alisa selling ALL the books!

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Oh, and the Twelfth Planet Special Announcement? News about a Thirteenth Planet by Isobel Carmody!

In the next few days I will attempt to post the story of each macaron. I’m not going to give a specific macaron recipe, because there are a million out on the net, and what works for one person doesn’t always work for someone else. However, I will talk generically about the shells, and give an idea of what I used for the fillings.

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Photo by Cat Sparks

 

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