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Valentines Day is just over 2 weeks away and if you haven’t sorted out a gift for your sweetheart as I may have something that will have them eating out of the palm of your hand.
Who doesn’t love red velvet? Make it a macaron and dip them in chocolate or into brownies with a swirl of cream cheese baked in and every bite is like heaven! Or if you looking for something with a bit of variety, why not try the Box of Love, filled with cake pops, macarons and brownies and a mini layer cake. Add some beautiful packaging, and there’s no way you can go wrong.
Orders close on 7 February 2014, so be sure to get your order in on time.
I was out shopping the last week, getting supplies for my weekly orders, and the cashier at the store that I was buying my almonds from asked me if almond flour and almond powder were the same thing. They apparently have a lot of people coming in to buy almond flour but only stock powdered almonds and had no idea if there was a difference
So here are the facts.
Almond flour, almond powder and almond meal are all the same thing. If you look on the packaging the only ingredient listed should be almonds. If there is anything else besides almonds flour listed you cannot use it in a recipe that calls for almond flour.
I go through kilograms of almonds a month, making macarons, so here are a few tips on how to store and even make your own almond flour/ powder/ meal if you’re having a problem finding it in stores.
Almond flour can be stored for up to a year in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Almonds are very oily nuts and storing them in a hot area is going to bring out the oils, which you don’t want.
If you do find that your almond flour becomes oily you can rectify the problem by running the almond flour with a tablespoon of the icing sugar or other dry ingredient that you’re baking with in the food processor.
You can freeze your almonds to keep them fresher for longer but remember to bring them to room temperature before using them.
If you want to make your own almond flour all you need are almonds and a food processor. Be sure to Blanche the almonds.
1. Bring a pot of water to the boil
2. Drop in your raw almonds
3. Remove immediately and drain
4. Rinse them in cold water to cool them
5. Dry the almonds with paper towel
6. Squeeze the skin off the almonds
7. The end 🙂
When I was younger Halloween was just a day that was celebrated by the people on TV and the 31st was just the last day in October here in sunny S.A.
Well times have changed and Halloween is gaining momentum and has been adopted by many South Africans as we embrace more and more of American culture.
For me 31 October is my wedding anniversary ( 6 years this Friday!), but if you are celebrating this goulish holiday here’s some inspiration for you.
Here’s a whole lot of pictures of what I’ve been working on the past few weeks.
A frozen themed party
A Minnie Mouse themed party
Some cakes and macarons
Finally, a Sofia the a First party. The setup was done by Polkadots and Jellytots.
Here are some photos of the setup by Polkadots and Jellytots. The cakes, cakes pops and cupcakes were made by me.
In the spirit of it being Madame Macaron’s birthday month, I though I’d share the pictures of the first ever macarons that attempted to make.
They weren’t terrible for my first try, but the overall presentation needed work (i.e wonky shapes and overfilling )
My photography skill have improved heaps as well!
So, have you ever had one of those days when it seems like Murphy’s Law is in full effect?
Well, the end of my week last week was kind of like that. From mixing up the colour scheme of an order and having to redo it, to not being able to find my baking powder at 9pm in the middle of baking a 3 tiered cake and finally, not being able to find ground almonds anywhere with an order of macarons to make. I was not a happy camper. Thankfully, even if it was at the very last minute, and with the help of my amazingly wonderful husband, each issue was sorted out and the weekend made up for the horrendous week.
We partied like old people at our nephew’s 21st on Saturday. There’s nothing like being around a whole bunch of 21 year olds to make you feel your age! It’s a good thing we’re still awesome 😄
Sunday was the best, because I got to sleep in past 9am! We had a pretty chilled day with a visit to The Stables Lifestyle market and to my parents, and ended the night off watching Frozen together for the 20th time.
So basically all’s well that ends well 🙂 I have a huge order for over 1000 macarons that I’ll be working on for Thursday, so needless to say I’m going to be super busy. The girls are also on holiday for this week, so I’ll have to think up some fun stuff to keep them occupied.
I’m going to end this with some pictures from the past week of things I baked and I stuff I did.
Have an amazing week ahead and remember to find at least one thing that makes you smile every day.
Mickey and Minnie cake pops.
The lovely Ms.Glossary Lauren celebrates her birthday tomorrow but had a pre-birthday tea party on Saturday. These are the macarons and mini cake that I made for her.
Here are a couple of pictures that she posted to her Instagram account and you can read the post on her party here.
Fathima is the extremely talented illustrator and graphic designer behind Happiness Is. Have a look at what she had to say about the Macaron Of the Month Box.