Macaron making class at the Lindt Studio!

A few months ago, the Lindt Studio moved next to my work. They have a number of chocolate/artisan classes of offer and I’ve been dying to do the Macaron making class. Macarons are incredibly difficult to get right – the merignue either comes out too hard or to floppy. Because of this, macarons can sell for ± R15 for one. Now that’s an expensive treat. I was quite giddy when I learned the Lindt studio had a class that taught people how to make them. 

I really like that the Cape Town studio has the master chef outfits for us to wear. It just makes everything feel so much more proper. 

The recipe for the macarons is actually quite simple. They had already measured out the exact amounts of the ingredients (it feels like we cheated a little bit). Once everything’s been mixed, we piped the mixture onto our silicone baking mats. I must say the piping isn’t as easy as it looks, as some of mine came out looking rather strange. 

The equipment we used were top of the range, which made the process SO much easier. If I were a baker, I would totally get an electric mixer and silicone baking mats! Because nobody has time for hand mixing. (I know this because half way through mixing in the almond powder, my arm got so weak that Callie had to come and finish the mixing for me...)
The equipment we used were top of the range, which made the process SO much easier. If I were a baker, I would totally get an electric mixer and silicone baking mats! Because nobody has time for hand mixing. (I know this because half way through mixing in the almond powder, my arm got so weak that Callie had to come and finish the mixing for me…)

While the mixture was baking in the oven, we got some lessons on chocolate production from the chocolatier. It just reenforced my chocolate snobbery. My macarons came out semi-decent which I am quite proud. 

The class costs R345 pp, which is quite pricey. But you do get to take home 12 macarons which would have cost about R150. My motto is spend money on experiences, not things. In this case, I got both 🙂