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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, ¬†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. ūüôā

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

Now, NO ONE¬†should eat nine macarons in a short period, not unless they want to go into sugar shock, so by opting¬†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, is¬†minis are way harder to get right than traditional sized ones, which means¬†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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