I am so excited to let you guys know the Macaron Bar in Indianapolis on Mass. Ave is officially open and taking over the world. Well, my world. Lol.
If you don’t know, the Macaron Bar is basically the coolest place ever. They specialize in making and selling classic French macarons (that’s only one ‘O’) and they’re the only bakery dedicated to macarons in Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Louisville, and now Indy! They offer over 10+ flavors daily and have seasonal flavors added in as well. They also offer classes so that you can learn their techniques and tricks and make them at home. And trust me, you’ll need all the tips and tricks you can get. These guys are hard to perfect. I’m still very far off from perfecting mine, but attending the event at the Macaron Bar last week with the ladies of the Indy Blog Society sure did help.
The Macaron Bar started in 2014 in Cincinnati, and has expanded into 3 more cities in the last 4 years. Cincinnati native Nathan Sivitz, our instructor for the evening, helped launch the brand in 2014 and even took a macaron master class in Paris, France. So basically he knows what he’s doing.
Nathan walked us through the basics and the process of creating the traditional, French macaron. I was like a little kid in a candy shop. If you didn’t know, I have loved to bake and cook my whole life, and the only channel I watch on TV is the Food Network. Every since I was a little girl, I wanted to open my own pastry shop and use the word “eclair” only spelled “Eclaire” somewhere in the title. I have always wanted to be on some form of competition show on the Food Network. So basically standing in the kitchen, watching him whip up some macarons, felt like I was on “The Holiday Baking Championship”, and everything was okay in the world.
The basics of a French macaron are: powdered sugar, almond flour, room temperature egg whites, and granulated sugar. Fun fact: they do not flavor the cookies themselves, they only flavor the filling! Each macaron has the same cookie, with a different color added, and a different flavored filling.
If you add flavorings to the cookie itself, you risk messing up the consistency and texture. If you add the wrong kind of food dye (liquid) you can also mess up the cookie.
Like I said, these little guys are challenging to make, but well worth the perseverance and endurance. Not sure what any of what I just said means? Perfect! You’re the perfect candidate to attend one of their unique classes!
They offer classes for anyone at any stage in the baking process! If you’re brand new to the world of macarons, they have a class for you! If you’re more advanced or need some decorating guidance, they have a class for you! If you have a child who loves to bake, they have a class for them!
If you’re interested in attending a class, book HERE!
I got to try my hand at a few of the steps along the way during our event, and I can tell you that I will definitely be back to further my knowledge of the French macaron, as well as perfect my technique! Even though, my fiancé will still eat them despite their density, texture, and cracks! Lol.
If eating is more your speed, the Macaron Bar Indy is located at 425 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46204, open: