Really looking forward to moving into our new shop premises in Newbury. The first Macaron Master Class will be held there on 11th October – and we are still taking bookings for that class. New dates for October and November are on the website and, to give everyone the chance to come along and learn the delights of macaron baking, I have included weekday morning classes and evening classes as well as Saturday afternoons. Do let me know what would suit you best – I can be flexible and build a class around you and your friends. Learn to bake macarons in time for Christmas – they are certain to give the traditional mince pies and chocolate log a run for their money!
Since moving south, we have been blessed with regular visits from the family and there seems no better excuse for baking than shared tea-times. Millionaires’ Shortbread is a great favourite and, although terribly decadent and groaning with calories, it is one if the most delicious and essential components of a serious tea trolley. Inspired by the traditional recipe using Carnation Condensed Milk, I decided to experiment with a Millionaires’ Macaron – and am delighted with the result. The pale biscuit-coloured macaron shells, flavoured with a touch of vanilla, are sandwiched together with a layer of rich, creamy, fudge-y caramel and a layer of dark chocolate ganache and topped with a swirl of white chocolate ganache. There really isn’t much else to say! – just enjoy with a simple cup of tea!