French Toast Macaron (Happy Birthday Caitlin!)


(French Toast Macaron : Smokey bacon custard, with maple-glazed bacon, maple jelly and air)

I’m a couple of days late in celebrating Caitlin’s birthday, but I think she might manage to forgive me this one time, because she has already been waiting several months for me to make her a macaron dedicated to her blog, Engineer Baker.

In case I haven’t mentioned before, Engineer Baker is one of my favourite blogs. Caitlin writes with such down to earth humour and such enthusiasm for her love of baking that I feel as though I can relate to her on so many levels. Not just because I studied one year of engineering at University, I bake, run, and like her, am more than competent in the field of procrastination (case in point, the fact that this macaron has taken so long to come to fruition).

A blog-inspired macaron stemmed from an idea I had awhile back which I never really pursued in it’s entirety. However, I couldn’t say no when Caitlin requested one. The only problem was, figuring out what kind of macaron would suit her blog.


If there’s one thing you might notice about Caitlin’s blog is that she bakes a lot of bread. So I thought a bread flavoured macaron would be the way to go. Running with the theme of ‘french toast’, I substituted some of the almond meal for dry breadcrumbs, which didn’t seem to affect the macaron too much. The end result was a little heavier so the feet weren’t as apparent, but there was still an overall lightness to it, with a bready texture within. I paired the macaron with some typical french toast accompaniments – flavours of bacon, eggy custard and maple syrup, as well as some caramelised toast crumbs and a little chocolate.

This macaron is gutsy and very rich, and as a macaron for the Engineer Baker, it may not be structurally sound, but it’s certifiably delicious!

Happy belated Birthday, Caitlin! :)

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  1. snooky doodle said,

    July 19, 2009 @ 11:00 pm


  2. maybelles mom said,

    July 19, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    I think a gift is best given when it seems right, rather than being “on time.” These look delicious.

  3. Darina said,

    July 19, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

    What a great idea and a perfect birthday treat. Stunning photos, too. Lovely, lovely.

  4. the projectivist said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 12:04 am

    you had me at ‘bacon’.

  5. Tartelette said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:14 am

    Outstanding creation and plating! You outdid yourself once again!

  6. Manggy said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:26 am

    I’m sure Caitlin will be thrilled to see this! How sweet of you!
    And astonishingly creative too, if we weren’t already used to your fantastic concepts. I am, however, glad you did not dry out and batter a macaron πŸ˜›

  7. Tania said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:26 am

    WOW – what creativity…amazing pairing…I want to jump into my computer for a taste!

  8. deeba said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:29 am

    Breathtakingly gorgeous.That’s a gutsy & creative piece. You’ve done a beautiful post for Caitlin Y. WOW!! I ? your creativity! ?

  9. deeba said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 1:33 am

    I’m really sorry. I put a small heart symbol down to say ‘I love your creativity’. It became a ? mark. 1000 aplogies… =(

  10. Zita said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 3:10 am

    O…my, Y.. you’ve been busy … I have a lot to catch up… great idea for macaroon.. always love the “air” you add on a plate/glass :)

  11. anna said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 3:12 am

    That’s such an AWESOME idea!!! Yummm French toast! I can certainly relate to that procrastinatey feeling but would be willing to forgive any delay for one of those

  12. cindy said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 3:25 am

    love this…clever idea πŸ˜‰

  13. bron said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 6:50 am

    I second “you had me at bacon” Awesome!

  14. clumbsycookie said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 6:55 am

    I want that for my breakfast!!!!!!

  15. Baking Soda said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 7:05 am

    Incredibly ingenious! I third “you had me at bacon”!

  16. Julia @ MΓ©langer said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    Did I mention it was my birthday end of this week? πŸ˜‰ Just kidding, well, not about the birthday. Y, this looks great. I couldn’t imagine what a French toast macaron would look like, but this epitomises it!

  17. Betty said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 10:33 am

    Wow. This looks fantastic! Such a interesting creation, esp with the added bacon!

  18. Q. said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 11:06 am

    That is incredible. What a great idea – and you pulled it off beautifully.

  19. Sophie said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    This is an amazing gift. Breakfast and dessert in one is always heaven to me :).

  20. Belle@OohLook said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

    The chocolate on the plate looks like a tongue scooping up the breadcrumbs. It’s such a delicious idea!

  21. Esz said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

    That is so incredibly awesome. I love how many flavours can be made into a macaron…kind of like Jelly Belly’s πŸ˜€

  22. the caked crusader said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

    ooh, definitely worth the wait!

  23. Steph said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

    What a lovely post. I love that this has bacon in it but it doesn’t look the least bit out of place, just like the brownie you made. Happy Birthday Caitlin and Hooray for engineers who bake!! πŸ˜€

  24. Arwen from Hoglet K said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

    It’s interesting that you could replace the almond meal with bread crumbs. They’ve come out beautifully smooth on top too.

  25. Yasmin (Almond & The Hazelnut) said,

    July 20, 2009 @ 11:17 pm

    I’m about to check out Caitlin’s blog now, but if it’s anything like yours, I’m sure it will be a treat to read – and to salivate over! There’s so many wonderful food blogs out there it’s hard to keep track of them all, but I’m always delighted when I return to yours – love the photography and your creativity. Baking power to you!

  26. FFichiban said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 12:29 am

    Oh woooww Caitlin is so lucky! This is my kind of macaron! Mmmmm smokey bacon… beautiful as usual ^^!

  27. Kayte said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 2:17 am

    Very nice and it could not be dedicated to a nicer person! Beautiful photos!

  28. Caitlin said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 2:18 am

    I. Love. You. For serious. Freaking awesome – bread *and* bacon? Best bday present ever (well, maybe second after the D90 πŸ˜› ).

  29. Christie, Fig and Cherry said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 3:24 am

    bacon + custard = mmmm πŸ˜›

  30. veron said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 4:43 am

    What brilliant presentation of a savory macaron! Simply gorgoeous!

  31. matt said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    love the look of these. Such clean macaroon’s, and a wonderful modern presentation – even if I do spot some foam on there…

  32. Megan{Feasting on Art} said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

    Wow lucky Caitlin!! Looks wonderful, my kind of breakfast!

  33. Miss Honey said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    Wow!! What a funky pressie! I’d love to be able to bake like you do.

  34. arfi said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    I always love your presentation. You’ve got the eye of it. Nicely done!

  35. Howard said,

    July 21, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    This is amazing! I love that we can follow your creative sparks.

  36. Juliana said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    Great, great and great! Love the creativity and the combination of the ingredients…indeed very different. Nice pictures!

  37. Juliana said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 10:12 am

    Very creative…love the combination of the ingredients in it…very different. By the way, great pictures!

  38. lisaiscooking said,

    July 23, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    The lightness of these looks incredible, and the custard filling is just delicious-looking!

  39. Trisha said,

    July 24, 2009 @ 8:32 am

    Oh this is just too good! I love how you pair up different ingredients and they somehow seem to work perfectly!

  40. Anh said,

    July 24, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    I can see that Catilin was thrilled. I am very impressed as well! Great bake!

  41. Helen (grabyourfork) said,

    July 24, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

    Ingenious! Love the flavour combo and that chocolate slick with the curl at the front totally makes me think of a tongue ready and waiting to eat the entire macaron – in a good way of course!

  42. Hannah said,

    July 25, 2009 @ 1:38 am

    Oh Yuie, I’m drooling! Breakfast and dessert are my two favorite meals! I’m just going to pretend that it’s tofu bacon instead. πŸ˜‰

  43. Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said,

    July 25, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    Great flavour combination-lucky Caitlin! I always look forward to seeing what she makes for Daring Bakers :)

  44. aptronym said,

    July 26, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    As ever, I am in awe of your work.

  45. Cakelaw said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    Happy birthday to Caitlin! These are just gorgeous macarons – an excellent gift.

  46. Danielle said,

    July 28, 2009 @ 8:17 am

    Wow, Caitlin is one lucky girl! Beautiful variation on a classic dessert – when do you open your dessert shop πŸ˜‰

  47. Linda said,

    July 30, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    oh wow this is soo cool. LOL I attempted a bacon flavoured macaron a couple of months back but it failed miserably, looked nothing like yours

  48. Blue Penguin said,

    June 11, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    I just fell over this while down the rabbit hole, looking for interesting bacon recipes – I’m not normally convinced by bacon in dessert-ish things, but this looks intriguing *and* delicious. And, as always, utterly perfect!

  49. J said,

    September 21, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    How do you make the air?

  50. Y said,

    September 22, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    Hi J,

    If I remember correctly, I think it was made with soy lecithin.

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