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I Love Tea Cups

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

~French Macaroons~


Hello Everyone, 
The sun is shining again in Northern California. This crazy weather is so bazaar. 
I'm so excited to show you my latest project.
 French Macaroons. 
I set aside a whole day to make this delicious pastry.
I found this adorable angel vase at the thrift store,and I knew it would be a perfect vase to hold my Camellia blooms.
According to Bettys blog the history of the Macaroon is an interesting story. The origins of these delicacies can actually be traced back to an Italian monastery in 1792. As befits something made from a simple paste of sugar, almonds and free-range egg whites, macaroons take their name from the Italian word for 'paste' - 'maccarone'.
Although Italy was its birthplace, it was the French who made the macaroon truly famous. The pink depression bowl holds some of the delicate, light and crisp pastries.
A soft pink hankie from my mother's handkerchief collection.
 So dear to my heart.
 'Pink Perfection' is the delicate looking Camellia...With the single petals and the most beautiful pink color.
I have my french pillows on the swing and my favorite pink and white tea pot for tea. The dainty pink tea cup I bought at the antique store a couple of months ago. The tea cup is by Noritake-hand painted - made in Japan.

Strawberries and Cream French Macaroons
Yield: 24 Macaroons
Preparation Time: 5 hours
Bake: 24 minutes per batch
Vanilla Bean - Cream Cheese Filling 
My Inspiration was the cover of Tea Time
I have always had the desire to make these beautiful cookies. 
The desire has now been satisfied. LOL 
Thank you once more for joining me on my journey to a Joyous Way of Life in Retirement. 
I would love to thank all of you for your wonderful comments.  They are truly heartfelt and I love to read each and every one of them.
I'm Linking to:
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Open House Thursday
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Thing 
Rattlebridge for Foodie Friday
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday 
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday 
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase
Thanks again for joining me @ My Cozy Corner
xo
Betty

29 comments:

  1. Betty, you are so talented! I just love to see your pretty garden and your lovely vignettes!! My mother-in-law has a pink camellia bush, and I was just telling my hubby that I'd like for us to plant one. Yours is just breathtaking -- one of the prettiest I've seen.

    I also love your sweet Noritake tea cup, pretty hanky, pink teapot, and pink depression glass bowl. Your macaroons look delicious. Thanks for the info., as I had always assumed they were originally created by the French. :)

    Visiting from Thursday Favorites Blog Hop; have a wonderful evening.

    Denise

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  2. Tea Time has inspired me many times but I haven't been brave enough to make the macarons yet. Perhaps when I'm fully recovered I will give them a try. They sure look good, Betty!
    I love your Camellia; such a gorgeous shade of pink! Your pink hankie, teapot, pink depression bowl, and teacup make for a lovely tea break. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  3. Betty:
    You knocked the macaroons out of the ball park - these are fantastic and look like they came fro Ladurees or some other terrific bakery!

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  4. Lovely display - and the macaroons look amazing :) Autumn greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  5. These are beautiful- I have tried to make these with no success so i am quite jealous- your blog is lovely- visiting from bernideens :)

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  6. Oh my friend, first let me say I love your header, I am crazy for angels, love your garden angels! Now on to this lovely display of deliciousness. The tea pot, the cherub and the macaroons all look absolutely divine! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop big hugs!

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  7. Sadly, I am like a magnet to sweets of late....these look delightful! I have thought about making macaroons but have yet to do it...this are my motivation...yum!

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  8. I made them for the first time not long ago and they are not as hard as I imagined. Yours looks lovely and I bet they tasted divine!

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  9. What beautiful macaroons you made! I wish I could taste one right now. Your sweet vase is darling with your pretty camellias. The teacup was a special find!

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  10. These have been on my bucket list for a while. The cream cheese sounds better than butter cream. I think the camellia is the most perfect flower ever created.

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  11. Hi Betty, those macaroons are to die for. It's the first time I heard of cream cheese flavoured ones. Actually my daughter just made some and it took her hours to finish two different flavours. Passion fruit and salted caramel. And your camellias are perfect. Thank you for sharing

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  12. I was almost inspired to try macaroons until I saw the 5 hours of prep time. They look wonderful though! Your camellias are gorgeous!

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  13. I love macaroons. I had no idea it took five hours, but I'd be tempted to make them if mine turned out half as good as yours. Your camellias are breathtaking, and I love your tea table. I'm linking this post to Rattlebridge's Facebook page, Tweeting and pinning. Betty, have a great weekend.

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  14. Hi Betty--your macaroons look lovely! I have always wanted to try my hand at making them too, but I have been warned that it is a time-consuming and tricky business. But 5 hours, OH MY!! But cream cheese ones sound soooo yummy! I just bought the cutest tea towel at Paper Source with macaroons all over it :) Happy Pink Saturday! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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  15. Oh I totally understand - I'm in love with macarons! In fact, you should take a look at the ones my neices made for a wedding that I posted today on my blog. The best part for me - they are gluten free and I can have them. Yours look amazing and I have heard they are not easy to make. Your history was quite interesting :) Nancy

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  16. Absolutely beautiful eye-catchers! Look delicious! Everything looks wonderful. Happy Pink Saturday! Jenn

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  17. Oh Betty these macaroons are beautiful. I am going to take these on one day. All of your photos were so beautiful I wanted to jump into each one!!
    Happy pink Saturday..xo Tami

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  18. I love macarons! And I didn't know they were born in my country! Thank you for this news!
    Have a great Sunday
    Michela

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  19. Everything looks so beautiful. The macaroons, the soft pinks of your pretty dishes, and the wonderful camellias from your garden truly make a cozy setting. I'm so happy our Northern CA weather has settled a bit. That wind earlier this week was crazy!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Robin

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  20. I would love to learn how to make these! Was the recipe very difficult? I think you created a masterpiece and you would rival any pastry chef!

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    1. The recipe is very long. The time to prepare the pastry is three hours and another two hours before the macaroons hit the oven. I loved the experience and maybe do them again for a tea party. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. Actually the result is only 12 macaroons. The recipe is for 24 halves. I wish you happy baking.
      xo
      Betty

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  21. Your macarons came out fabulous for the first time making them! Yummy...

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  22. The macaroons look great!

    Super to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  23. French macaroons are great to have around. i like your arrangements.

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  24. Being the Francophile I am, macarons are one of the delicacies on my "learn to bake" list. These are just stunning -- your first time? You rock! And they look very beautiful, designed as you have the setting! Splendid! Happy Spring.

    ~jeanie (The Marmelade Gypsy)

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  25. Oh, my - is that a beautiful presentation or what!! Those camellias are stunning and look wonderful, as a backdrop for the yummy looking macaroons! Just the name of them makes me want to run to the kitchen and start baking. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. Oh my word, what a lovely and sweet post! I love your small setting, with those yummy macaroons, (Italian cookies!!) and your teapot is gorgeous too! Your mom's hankie is a real treasure, honey. Thank you for popping by to see my new teapot. Have a happy week.
    FABBY

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  27. Hope your week is great
    Fun to visit your blog
    Laura

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  28. I have to try your macaroons! My camelias are in bloom today and yours look lovely in the cheub vase!
    Nancy

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Thanks for your comments as I enjoy reading them.
Betty

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