Being young and living in Manchester, it’s hard to think of things to do that don’t involve going out to eat or drinking at the closest bar. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to try new things, and to me that meant not only trying new restaurants in the area, but also finding new activities. With that, I have been trying new workout classes, such as my Barre Life experience, and my most recent adventure at Finesse Pastries making macarons!
Last summer I really reallllly wanted to learn how to make macarons, but when I found out how much Almond Meal was, I quickly found a new project…So this class was the perfect opportunity to finally try making these tiny, fluffy, snacks.
First, have you ever been inside of Finesse Pastries??? It literally takes you to France (or what imagine it would be like), from the decor to the perfectly placed pastries. And did I mention the head chef and owner; Chelsey Erikson is only in her early 20’s?!! She graduated from High School, went to culinary school in Boston and then moved to Paris to continue her studies, THEN opened Finesse that has now been open for almost four years!
I’m the kind of person that when it comes to cooking or baking, I hate to mess up. I was a little nervous about taking this course because the only thing I could think about was “what if they don’t taste good? Or worse, they are ugly and I can’t Instagram them!” However, this was not the case. Though when I found out how talented Chelsey was I was a little worried, but this worry quickly disappeared. The atmosphere was very relaxing, there was cheese and wine, and a ton of dad jokes (her dad is her sous chef…I know, can this be any more perfect?!).
We were walked through every step, and always had the support of Chelsey and her dad (Todd) who were always walking around and sharing what I took as cool French pastry chef behind the scene secrets.
Everyone had a partner (I was riding solo, and I quickly accepted that challenge of making around 40 macarons), we made the batter, and piped them onto the cooking sheet, which I thought was the most difficult part but the most rewarding, made our own chocolate ganache, and then ate them!
Everyone picked a flavor of macaron (I picked pistachio-the teal color ones), and at the end we got to walk around and share our flavors with each other. We all created a color macaron palette.
I know that Mother’s Day just passed, but plan for next year! This is the perfect gift for someone who enjoys baking, or just trying new things. I was able to take this class with my mom and my mom’s best friend, and it was great. I highly recommend taking this class for a date night, or maybe you just want to try something new on a Wednesday night. Also, if you want to continue your experience they sell individual macaron kits.