Post # 1
I really want to have french macarons for my wedding in 2 1/2 months and my bridesmaid and I are considering making them. I’ve looked all over the internet but everyone says different things so I have a few questions.
Is it better to freeze them or store them in an air-tight container? And if they are better frozen, should the creme already be piped in or should it be only the shells? How early can I start making them?
My wedding is for 75 people so I was also wondering how many to make total. Would 2 per person be enough?
I would love to hear any tips/tricking from people who have made them before!
Post # 3
bump for a desperate lady 🙁
Post # 4
Sadly, I have nothing helpful to say and am commenting to save in hopes for others to have advice that I can follow on this as well!
Post # 5
@fron330: I would definitely bake a few trial batches. Each recipe will hold up differently to storage/freezing, so that is another reason you will need to do trial batches unless you plan on making them just a few days before your wedding. Another thing to consider is nut allergy, I have to substitute pistachio in place of almonds if I make these. In addition, these are not the easiest things to make, the ingredients can get expensive, and many of your macarons will be mishapen or cracked the first time you make them.
Here is a good link (French Macarons) to help you troubleshoot. I’m not saying this isn’t possible to do, but you will definitely need to try to make these before you need them for your wedding. Best of luck!
Post # 6
@housebee: +1, for real.
Macarons, while one of my greatest loves in the world, are tricky little devils to make. Even experienced cooks lose their hair over getting macarons just right. (Trust me….. I know.) They require research, high quality ingredients, attention to detail, and patience, patience, patience.
Again, echoing pp and not saying they’re impossible, but if you really want to make these yourself, prepare to invest a lot of time, effort, and quite possibly, money. There’s a reason these things cost $3-5 each at bakeries; they’re a bitch and a half to make!
PS: You’d store them in an air-tight container AND freeze or refrigerate, depending on how far in advance you’d make them. However, macaron shells are SUPER delicate and will almost certainly crack and break if mis-handled, so keep that in mind when transporting.
PPS: I can eat a dozen macarons if they’re in front of me. Two would be gone in an instant. Just saying. ;]
Post # 7
I adore macarons, and if you have the money to get someone else to make them, and deliver them, then by all means include them in your wedding. But I really think if you want to make them yourself, then do it for a shower or post-wedding event. They are the sort of sweet that is meant to be perfect, while being almost impossible to perfect, and no bride should be aggravated over such impossibilities when marriage is in the air.
Post # 8
can i ask why you are set on making them yourself? is it just a cost thing?
if so, i would consider just ordering from a bakery. based on all these previous posts, it seems like you wouldn’t actually be saving that much money and might actual lose a lot of time and gain stress/frustration.
if you shop around, you might be able to get a good deal. i know my local costco (bay area) is selling mini macarons from cocola bakery right now, if you aren’t too picky about a specific color or flavor. they come in a box of 15 for about $12 or so and they are delicious! hubs and i went through 2 boxes in 3 days… =P
Post # 9
@bijou214: It’s definitely because of cost. Our entire wedding budget is $2.000 and I’ve been in love with french macarons for as long as I can remember and always pictured myself having them for the wedding. I know Trader Joes has them but in simple chocolate/vanilla but I wasn’t impressed with them overall. I checked on the Costco website and couldn’t find anything! Where in the Bay Area are you? I live in Fairfield.
Post # 10
Stella Parks, (who is a pastry chef in Lexington KY,) has a blog called Brave Tart, and has WONDERFUL blog posts about making macarons. She speaks in a friendly voice, and is very informational. I highly suggest you check it out. I used her articles to help me make macarons 🙂 (here is the first, the second, the third, and the fourth)
Second, I don’t think you should make your own for your wedding. They’re such a pain in the butt to make, and depending on the humidity, they can get chewy instantly so you’d really have to make them THE NIGHT BEFORE in order to ensure they hold up. They really don’t last for more than 24 hours. I know it’s a money issue but… is there ANY way you can save some money aside to order them from a local bakery?
Post # 11
@fron330: this is the bakery that sells to costco: http://www.cocolabakery.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=locations&Store_Code=cocola
looks like they are mostly based in the peninsula. would any of their locations be too much of a trek for you?
i really think you need to compare the cost of buying all the ingredients versus buying them pre-made. if you make them yourself, i would factor in the cost of making multiple trial batches and i would also make more than the 150 you plan to use, just in case.
at cocola bakery, you can get 150 macarons for $2 per = $300. Or you can do mini macarons for $1.10 per = $165. the ones that are sold at costco are the mini ones. they are definitely smaller but not “too small”. are you thinking these will be favors? i think that two of the mini’s in a cute little box would be a perfect favor.
i’ve also seen macarons used as holders for the escort cards. then you wouldn’t need as many! =D