I ♥ macarons. And you probably ♥ them too. Charming, sweet creamy and puffy little delicacies, they make great gifts – if you manage to hold out from eating them. To get around this problem, you have to buy 2-3 times the amount you need as a gift, to have some yourself. Alternatively, try making them at home. Should you wish to try the latter, this book by Hisako Ogita provides a step-by-step guide. Photographed to show every step in making both the cream and the puff, it’s a simple but effective handbook to perfect home-baked macarons.

And since macarons are made from ground almonds, powdered sugar and egg whites (along with assorted flavourings), Ogita even includes a few recipes on how to use the leftover egg yolks. There you have it. Let the macaron revolution continue.

i ♥ macarons – R140 at Chefs Warehouse.