FBS17: macarons + frenchies

biggie_07So 2016 came and apparently I fell off the face of the blogosphere!  With my resolutions for the new year still TBD, the illustrious “lead a balanced life” goal, that I have yet to set, is already proving to be a challenge.  My work life got hectic and my scale tipped in its favour; no time to blog.  Alas, I’m back and have a lot of catching up to do.

biggie_11Playoffs are in full swing and as a result, the games that occupy our TV(s) have greatly decreased in number making this stretch of the football season one of my faves.  Around this time,  I would usually be full into winter banter and well over the holidays. However, I have one last, kinda, holiday related post to squeeze in; the last of my DIY gifting.

 

F R E N C H I E  P I L L O W S

biggie_02 Inspired by her newest gem, I made my friend Jessica a set of decorative pillows in honour of Biggie; her french bulldog.   Made from seasonally festive + appropriate wools and a photo roll of Biggie and his ears, I drafted a puppy pattern and sewed together pillows fit for a frenchie.

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Biggie_01to make these pillows, you will need…

  • paper big enough to accommodate your desired pillow size
  • a printed + a solid fabric both a little larger than 2x your desired pillow size [including seam allowance]
  • thread
  • sewing machine
  • hand needle
  • batting

biggie_08trace a face to your desired pillow size adding 1/2″ seam allowance around the entire perimeter + cut it out
pin paper pattern onto fabric and cut x4 [2 faces per fabric]
pairing one of each fabric together with front sides touching, pin + sew pieces together leaving a 3″ opening 
clip and notch corners + curves accordingly 
pull through to flip right side out through the opening
stuff with batting through the opening 
hand sew opening closed 

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C H R I S T M A S  C O O K I E S

biggie_10My final DIY gift of 2015 were, of course, boxed macarons.  This year I went with berry + peppermint.

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b e r r y  m a c a r o n s

macaron cookie recipe + purple food colour

berry  buttercream filling

  • 6Tbsp chilled berry milk
    • 1/2Tbsp berry jam
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8Tbsp [4oz] butter | cube + @ room temp.
  • 3 1/2C icing sugar

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in a small sauce pan over low-med heat, combine cream + jam | stir to combine
continue to occasionally stir until milk scalds | remove from heat
let sit for 5 mins | occasionally stirring to prevent a skin from forming
pour into a bowl and let sit in the fridge to cool 

macaron_09in a mixer [with a whisk attachment] on medium speed, begin whipping the softened butter
gradually add in the icing sugar about 1/2C at a time
continue whipping until combined
gradually add in 6Tbsp of jam + cream mix
continue whipping until fully combined and fluffy
scoop buttercream into a pipping bag and start filling your macarons

p e p p e r m i n t  m a c a r o n s

use same macaron cookie recipe as above

To create the “pepperminty candy”colour effect I took inspiration from the Meringue Girls pipping colouring technique.  I tried to articulate “how-to” instructions on the technique, but thought it best to just link the video.

macaron_06p e p p e r m i n t  g a n a c h e

  • 170g white chocolate chips
  • 1/4c + 1/8c whipping cream
  • 1tsp peppermint flavouring

combine whipping cream + peppermint flavouring in a small sauce pan over low-med heat | stir and bring to a simmer
once simmering remove from heat 
pour cream over chocolate chips and let sit for 30 seconds

mix until smooth + combined
pour into shallow dish | let ganache cool to room temp
cover with plastic wrap directly touching ganache surface | place in fridge for 2hrs [until mix thickens] to overnight
when ready, whip ganache with mixer until light and fluffy
transfer to pipping bag and start filling macarons

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Though Dallas my be long gone from the competition, Mike’s football vigour remains un-phased, Biggie’s ears remain perched, and my 2016 resolutions remain a work in progress.

 

Happy goal setting!
madelaine

 

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