Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Petit Fours

It has been awhile since I last updated my blog. What have I been up to, you asked? Well, the usual. School in the day time and dreaming about pastry at night. Except, I am also spending a considerable amount of time thinking about the direction I am heading after graduating from pastry school. It scares me a little to think that I will be out in about 8 weeks time. How time flies and yet,there's still so many things to learn!

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We are making chocolate showpiece in class this week, which time passes painfully slow. Hopefully, I have pictures to show end of this week! Meanwhile, here's some pictures from the petit fours classes sometime ago. All the mini pastries are definitely not good for my waistline! They are deceptively dainty that I dont feel guilty snacking a few everytime I open the fridge. As a result, I polished everything I brought home in no time. I think I must have gained a few pounds after the petit fours classes.

Petit Fours


But guess which item I enjoy making the most? The macarons of course. There's something captivating and magical about these little cookies. It's always a thrill to see those frilly feets form as the macaron shells baked in the oven. Although we are supposed to fill most of them with vanilla buttercream, I bring some shells home to fill with lemon buttercream filling, made with homemade meyer lemon curd. It's by far my favorite flavor.

Macarons


If only I have all my equipments and tools with me in Chicago, I would be baking macarons everyday and experiments with many flavor combinations. Like many recipes that I want to try, I guess that will have to wait until I return to Atlanta.

The mere thought of leaving this city I have come to love makes me sad. I think I am going to comfort myself with the macarons I saved in the freezer for time like this.

19 comments:

Elyse said...

Wow! It's hard to believe that your pastry school experience is almost at its end. You've certainly made the most beautiful creations. I'm so impressed!

Eliana said...

These macaroons look picture perfect - just like the ones I saw on every corner in Paris when I visited last year.

Amanda said...

Those petit fours look deliciously adorable. I'd have trouble keeping my hands off them too! I'm excited to see what the last 8 weeks of pastry school have in store for you.

Tartelette said...

So proud of you Mandy! You are doing fantastic and learning from the best! Everything will fall into place once you are out of school, I have no doubt about it with such talent!

danamccauley said...

Lovely selection of treats! I adore little sweets but tend to eat more 'cause the are small. Sigh.

Good luck with the last weeks of school!

bakingjoysinhouston.com said...

Mandy, don't think about the direction yet. Think of the destination ... and we shall take steps to reach there! Gambatte.

Manggy said...

I am sure you have the determination to follow whatever path you desire once you're out in the world again :) And about leaving Chicago... Well, at least you'll be with your hubby :)

duodishes.com said...

Looking at everything you make has probably convinced a couple of people to go to pastry school. You always make beautiful things.

Bunny said...

Wow time really has gone by fast hasn't it! I'm scared silly to even try macaroons, yours are perfect!

Sri said...

Yum! I could it all those in a single sitting!!!

Dana said...

I have so enjoyed reading about your school journey. It is a journey I am thinking of taking myself next fall. All you make (and all the pictures you take) are just exquisite! Everything will fall into place for you.

Audrey Wong said...

Wow!!
Your macaroons look so pretty and I'd love to try making them one day. You've greatly inspired me to get into Pastry School sometime in the future after I get done with my degree and first job! :)
Congrats in advance for graduating. I hope you'll continue to bloom in this industry. Never fail to get amazed by ppl who do things they love. Looking forward to see what's yr next step.
All the best!

Mareza said...

everyday i have thoughts of baking a cake , cookies or cheese cake but never did. but enjoyed your pics
they all look yummy.

Joy the Baker said...

Gorgeous macarons! Yaaaaay for pastry school!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

All the petit fours look adorable and delicious! I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one eating frozen macarrons! Good luck finding out what you want to do next!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Aren't they lovely! You're doing a wonderful job.

thestudiouscook said...

Wow they are so cute! Congratulations on being so close to graduating, that's such a huge achievement!

Barry Kraft said...

These petit fours look lovely. It sounds like I could make them. I also love petit fours, but never wanted to put in the effort of making them from scratch. You make it sound manageable. Oh, and you mentioned having trouble getting the petit fours off of the rack after the fondant hardens - I have had similar issues with other items, and lightly spraying the rack with a vegetable oil cooking spray can really help. Thanks for the great post!

Barry Kraft said...

I love petit fours. Absolutely gorgeous! I have been wanting to make petit fours for the longest time, so now I will have to when I get some spare time. I really love your blog, and every new post gives me a new inspiration for cooking. I suddenly feel very excited.

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