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Cafe Makeup Kitchen Edition: Parisian Cooking Classes

July 4, 2013

Cafe Makeup is currently spending a little time in Paris.  In addition to the many things I love about the city, I wanted to spend time learning about French food. What better way than to learn from the best?

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Although I’m not certain that my French would survive an entire course of instruction, I was able to find La Cuisine Paris, a service that offers French cooking classes in English. Today, I took a two-hour hands-on class in making macarons.

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I was delighted to find our French-trained baker clear, expert, and fluent in English. She was friendly, very knowledgeable and happy to share her love of technique.

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I learned a huge amount about this complicated little cookie. The classes are small–we had  eight people which allowed each of us to get hands-on instruction. I was relieved to find that no experience is required.

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As a class, we made a few flavor variations, including a delicious chocolate passionfruit and a white chocolate pistachio.

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I really loved the experience. It was a nice way to create a lovely memory of the city. Also, I now have all the secrets to make perfect macarons to use when I return.

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  • Dovey July 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hi Amy, What a wonderful experience! The result looks remarkably delicious 🙂

  • Sara_beauTime July 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    This is such a nice opportunity to visit a city and learn something fun and useful at the same time. I was always considering such a thing at a small French village but Paris is of course more fun! How long will you be staying? Wish you fun and a great stay.

  • Joy July 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    How cool! I’d love to take a class like this when I visit Paris someday. Those macarons look delish!!

  • bisbee July 5, 2013 at 4:23 am

    I am saving this information – DH and I are hoping to go to London and Paris in the spring of 2014 – this would be a fun way to spend a few hours!

  • Eileen July 5, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I remember the fun post you shared with us awhile back the first time you and Liz attempted to make macarons. Now that you’ve gleaned some expert advice, you two will have to have another mother-daughter bonding moment 🙂 Bon appétit!

  • Susie July 5, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Did you go to CHANEL? There are several new collections coming out soon. Could you possibly do a feature on them? The next one is Les Beiges, and then there is an eye collection and new lipsticks. Thanks.

  • Pam July 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and great photos. I would love to do that sometime!
    Can you dish any secrets to making the perfect macarons?

    • Amy July 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

      A few things–we used the Italian method of making the cookie which results in a more stable base. Also, folding the batter (not stirring)–her technique minimized the air bubbles. Honestly, she gave us so many fine points–it was time well spent! 🙂