Bunny Macarons

Bunny Macarons
Bunny Macarons

With the Easter Holiday right around the corner I knew I wanted to incorporate my love of macarons with this year’s dessert. I put the two together and decided on these adorable bunny macarons!

Easter Bunny Macarons Recipe

INGREDIENTS

150g Almond Meal
150g Powdered Sugar
55g Egg Whites (to be mixed into dry ingredients)
55g Egg Whites (for meringue)
150g Granulated Sugar
38g Water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Use a food scale to measure out all the ingredients. Set aside 55g of egg whites for mixing into the dry ingredients and place the other 55g of egg whites into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Place the powdered sugar and almond meal into a food processor and grind them together until fine.
  3. Sift the almond meal and the powdered sugar mixture. If there are any large pieces of almond flour leftover, run through the food processor again.
  4. Take the 55g of egg whites and pour into the almond meal and powdered sugar mixture. Set it aside.
  5. Pour the granulated sugar and water into a metal pot and cook on the stove on medium heat. Attach a candy thermometer to measure the temperature of the sugar and water as it heats.
  6. Without stirring, allow the sugar and water mixture to heat to 115 degrees Celsius (239F). Once it heats to 115C, begin whisking the 55g of egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixture to soft peaks.
  7. Once the water and sugar solution reaches 118C (245F), slowly pour it down the side of the mixing bowl of the whisking egg whites. Mix on high speed for 1 1/2 minutes.
  8. Turn speed of mixture to medium speed and continue mixing another 3 minutes.  Turn the mixer off and scrape the meringue out into the almond mixture.
  9. Fold the meringue into the dry ingredients using a rubber spatula. Mix from the inside out, while simultaneously turning the bowl.
  10. Continuing folding until the mixture is one color. At this point it is important not to over-fold the mixture. To check if your macaron mixture is ready, lift the spatula up in the air and let some of the mixture drip back onto the surface. Wait 15 seconds to see if the drip disappears back into the mixture. If it disappears, the mixture is ready. If not, fold another 10 seconds then repeat the drip test.
  11. Prepare three separate piping bags. One with a large round tip, and two smaller rounds.

Hop on down below to see how I piped my bunny face macarons!

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Marbled Meringue Kisses

Marbled Meringue Kisses

If you’re looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine’s Day recipe, these marbled meringue kisses are the perfect treat! They have a crunchy outer shell, and a chewy marshmallow center. Everyone loved them!

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RECIPE

175g of egg whites (Approximately 5 large eggs) at room temperature
350g sugar
Pink and/or red food dye

Preheat oven to 200¬įF (90¬įC). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks. Slowly add sugar. Continue whisking until stiff peaks; the time will vary depending on the temperature of your egg whites.

Prepare a pastry bag by cutting off the end and inserting a large round tip. (I used an 18mm.) Squeeze in some food coloring on either side of the piping bag. Careful not to add too much or the meringues could end up tasting bitter.

Pour half of the meringue mixture into the prepared piping bag. Pipe the kisses about one inch wide onto the baking sheet. Continue piping in rows until you’ve used all the meringue. Repeat with a new piping bag, and a different food color if desired.

Bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until they can be lifted cleanly from the parchment paper. Allow the meringues to cool completely before enjoying!

DIY Marbled Air Plant Holder

Marble Air Plant Holder

My biggest obsessions currently include air plants, as evidenced by this Instagram post, and all things marble. I thought long and hard about how to combine the two and came up with these marbled clay planters.

Marble Air Plant Holder
You’ll Need:

  • Two different colored oven-bake Clays
  • Xacto Knife
  • Clay carving tool

Marble Air Plant Holder1. Start by cutting each color of clay into three separate pieces.

Marble Air Plant Holder2. Work the clay in your hands until it is soft and pliable. Combine two pieces together.

Marble Air Plant Holder3. Continue combining the clay until you have added all your pieces. Once you have added all the clay, begin to pull apart and layer. Mix the clay together without fully combining the clay.

Marble Air Plant Holder4. Roll the clay into a ball and decide what kind of shape you want for your planter. I wanted a short, oval look for my first planter. Flatten out the clay to about 1/4″ in height.

Marble Air Plant Holder5. Using the clay tool, trace a circle in the clay. Carve out the circle but be careful to not go all the way through the clay.

Marble Air Plant Holder6. Using a sharp knife, start to trim away at the piece of clay. Hold the knife at an angle to create sharp angles along the top edge.

Marble Air Plant HolderRepeat the previous step along the bottom edge of the planter.

Marble Air Plant HolderContinuing making different styles and shapes! Bake your clay following the instructions on the packaging.

Marble Air Plant Holder Marble Air Plant HolderAnd you’re done!

DIY Gold Foil State Print

Gold State Print

If you follow my blog, you already know I’m in the process of making over my bedroom. I recently installed a few gold bracket shelves after writing this post. I wanted some art to style my shelves and was really inspired by my latest post on gold foil prints. I’ve seen some state prints online and loved the idea!

Gold State Print 1You need:

-Gold Foil and Adhesive
-Paintbrush
-Paper and Pencil
-Xacto Knife
-Frame

Gold State Print 21. Print out a picture of your state sized to fit your frame. (If you have a printer that lets you print on a high weight paper, feel free to skip the next few steps!)

Gold State Print 3Gold State Print 32. Using an Xacto knife, cut out the state.

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