Happy Monday everyone!! This past weekend was a whirlwind and we were busy as bees preparing for the amazing Mac Queen Andi of I-dolci Macarons and her two day workshop we hosted here in Dallas, TX.
You know you are going to be on a faced paced, exciting learning adventure when I-dolci comes to town. Andi, inspires creativity, excitement and is so much fun in her classes. She loves her “Mean Girls” quotes and is a baking whiz so when you get an opportunity to go to one of her classes I say drop everything and go. I took Andi’s class earlier this year in Houston and loved it so much I had to find a way to bring her to Dallas. It didn’t take long but after a few emails and text messages we settled on a date and the queen was on her way to teaching here in Dallas. Day One’s class was a 5 hour intensive focused on the art of French Macarons and delicious uniquely inspired fillings, such as guava, mango and passion fruit and my new favorite, strawberry lemonade with a fresh strawberry in the center. We made beautiful colorful macarons and I ate as many as I could stuff in my cheeks.
The next day we were back at it for a 3 hour course focused solely on decorating,embelishments and even sugarveil. I was so greatful and thankful to host Andi and her students the “mean mac’n crew” over this past weekend and I am truly inspired by all of their creativity and work. Below you can see a few pictures of their lovely detailed work from the class.
I was so inspired by the lemonade mac that later that night we decided to have a cookie making party to celebrate a class well taught and made strawberry lemonade shortbread in Andi’s honor. We love shortbread and one of our other cookie specialties we make here at The Dough Bar is our “cocktail sweeties.” “Sweeties” are classic sable/shortbread cookies and ours are made with mix-ins like cranberries, pecans and lemons. You can ask for them by name when ordering a “Cosmo Girl sweetie” (Cranberry & Orange zest), “Toasted Pecan sweetie” (loaded with sweet Texas pecans) and our “Lemon Drop sweetie” (filled with bright fragrant fresh lemon zest). Keep on the look out this fall as I’ll be launching our new savory line of Cocktail sweeties.
Save calories and Eat Cookies
Fittingly I wrapped up the weekend baking party by assembling our Back To School cookie set. With the first day of school here in Dallas being August 24th you will want to get your little ones teacher welcome gift out the way. Just announced, pre-orders for our “Excited to Bee in your class” cookie set. Order by Thursday August 17th and we will personalize the large hive cookie with your child’s teacher name. Each set comes with a large bee hive and four mini bees, email us today to reserve your set. This set was for our favorite Mac teacher Andi, I was Sooooo Excited to Bee in her class all over again!
Until next time, Bee Sweet