French Macarons

What is a macaron? What’s the difference between a “macaron” and a “macaroon”? It’s something more than just an “o”- let’s find out!

Basically both versions are meringue cookies with a base of sugar, egg whites and either ground almonds or coconut. Here is where it can get confusing- stay with me! A macaron (one “o”) is made with almond flour, egg whites, and sugar and the batter is typically dyed bright colors. The semi-liquid batter is then piped into a pan and baked. Lastly, the meringue cookies are typically then filled with buttercream or ganache. This version of the macaron has a light, crunchy outside and chewy inside, see the picture below. To add to the macaron confusion, this version of the cookie is often called a French Macaroon. For the purposes of this post, we will spell “macaron” with one “o” to imply the French version of the cookie.

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Key Lime Pie

I’d like to interrupt all Fall baking for an off-season posting! I took a quick break from all the apple baking to make a special treat for my Dad’s birthday. He requested Key Lime Pie so I did a little research since I had never made one before. Turns out, it’s easy peasy! This recipe has a great sweet and tangy filling, homemade graham cracker crust, and light and fluffy meringue on top! See the “Notes and Tips” section at the end for short cuts and sure-fire directions to make a great pie. Enjoy!

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Rhubarb Torte

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Doesn’t it seem like rhubarb multiplies in the refrigerator after picking it? I still had some rhubarb left over after acquiring some from my friend, so I decided to make a classic recipe I remember from my childhood-rhubarb torte! We had a rhubarb patch when I was a kid and I remember helping to create many tortes and sauces to use up all the fruit.

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