Top Tips to Foolproof French Macarons

It’s early on a Saturday and I’ve been immersed in sticky sweet macaron batter all morning!

Fun fact: Did you know that macaron is pronounced ma-ca-ron? Many people confuse it with the pronunciation of shredded coconut based biscuits, ma-ca-roons!

My good friend and I spent some time figuring out how to perfect these beauties for my engagement party a few years ago and this recipe I’ll share with you below is my go-to, and the one I use for the High Tea Honeys macaron making workshops.

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Memorable Moments With High Tea with Harriet

I fell head over tea leaves in virtual love with High Tea with Harriet when I stumbled across an article that introduced me to this range of artisanal tea. You just know when you know that you have found a brand that speaks to you – and this was before I had even tried it! My expectations were sky-high!

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Feeling at Home at Home Harvest Cafe

Stonestead Devonshire Tea was one of Upper Hutt’s best kept secrets. Giant baked-to-order scones, chunky home made jam and tea in an old barn with the charm and style of times gone by.

The High Tea Honeys were regular visitors to Stonestead, nestled amongst the trees on Plateau Rd in Te Marua. Naturally, I was curious when I heard that it was going to be under new ownership. Will it still have that old-world charm? Is the offering going to shift away from the things that made it such a nostalgic and loved experience?

Is it still going to be a destination loved by the High Tea Honeys?

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High Tea Honeys top 3 High Tea spots Wellington

I love it when we get messages from people planning their visit to Wellington, locals that have yet to experience High Tea or new High Tea Honeys’ members asking us for recommendations for High Tea spots in Wellington, generally to treat someone special or celebrate a special occasion.

I have my personal favourites but I put the question to our Honeys and in no particular order, here are our top three picks for High Tea destinations in Wellington.

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Afternoon Tea at The Langham, Auckland

It was only fitting to visit The Langham for afternoon tea on a crisp Spring day in the City of Sails.   

The decor was the first thing that blew me away – look at that chandelier!

The sweet tier. My favourite was the citrus cake pop. 

  We were advised to start with the sandwich tier. Simply perfect.
Savoury macarons! Although the shell was still sweet with a savoury filling. An interesting concept however I am not convinced, I believe macarons belong on the sweet tier. I also would have liked more diversity on this tier between cheese and seafood flavours with creamy textures. Isn’t the presentation gorgeous though?! 
  Put that pinky away! It’s not the done thing you know 😉  
The Langham has its very own Wedgwood tea set – beautiful! The tea menu was designed by The Langham’s exclusive tea sommelier, New Zealand’s only Master of Tea!

 The menu for those of you detail oriented people.
Overall, the experience was well worth the $59 each we paid on a Saturday afternoon.