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French Take-Out, Curbside, Delivery Orders in DFW Metroplex


Local restaurants have taken a huge economic loss due to the coronavirus shutdown. Let’s support our local businesses during this difficult time for everyone in Texas. On the French side, we have found a couple places that offer Take-Out, Curbside or Delivery in the DFW Metroplex when you have that special craving for French goodies like bistro foods, French bread & baguettes, croissants, crêpes, or macarons! (more to be  added)

Some of our favorites in the neighborhood:

Main Street Bistro and Bakery 

316 S Main St
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Highlights info row image To Order

Grapevine: 817-424-4333 | Plano: 972-309-0404 | Rowlett: 469-969-0883

Bisous Bisous Bakery 

3700 McKinney Ave Ste 150
Dallas, Texas 75204
Highlights info row image To Order
(214) 613-3570
From “Freezer to Oven” assortment, including the favorite pain au chocolat!

 

Whisk Crêpes Café

888 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, Texas 75208
Highlights info row image To Order
(469) 407-1899
Ultimate Crêpe Package
French Wine Package

 

Village Baking Company

Dallas
Highlights info row image  Call for Info (214) 951-9077

Also,  Metroplex Social has compiled an extensive list of  Restaurants Offering Curbside and Delivery for when you’re stuck at home in Lewisville, Frisco, Lewisville, PlanoProsper, Denton, GarlandMcKinney, and Flower Mound!

More restaurants will be added or please suggest your favorite.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

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French Macarons 10 Easy Steps Recipe


10 Easy Steps Recipe to Make French Macarons

It’s amazing how these delicious bites of heaven only contain 3 basic ingredients: almond flour, sugar, egg whites. Here are ten (10) easy steps to making authentic French Macarons. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the filling, the traditional filling is buttercream and you can also make a ganache.

Ingredients for the Macarons

  • 1 cup /150 grams ground almonds aka almond flour
  • 2/3 cup/75.3 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 medium egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup/50 grams granulated superfine sugar
  • 1 or 2 drops food coloring (if desired)

Ingredients for the Filling – Basic Buttercream

There are a variety of fillings from buttercream, to ganache with infinite flavor possibilities  from traditional to the more exotic (vanilla, chocolate, coffee, caramel, pistachio, Nutella, mango, orange, lemon, lavender, thyme, jasmine etc…)

  • 1 1/2 cups/340.5 grams unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup/150 grams of powdered sugar

 

Preheat oven to 300 F/140 C

Easy Directions

Step 1 – Mix the almond flour and powdered sugar together

Step 2 -Whip the egg whites, salt and sugar into a firm meringue consistency

Step 3 -Incorporate the almond mixture into the meringue gently folding

Step 4 Fill with the macaron mixture in a 1/3-inch (1cm) nozzle piping bag,

Step 5 – Pipe 1.5 inches rounds of Macaron mixture on a baking tray covered with parchment paper (or use a silicone mat)

Step 6 -Tap baking sheet on counter to eliminate air bubbles and let stand 15-60 minutes

Step 7 – Bake about 20 minutes

Step 8 – Make the filling mix the butter and powdered sugar

Step 9 – Fill a piping bag with your choice of filling

Step 10 – When cool assemble the macaron with filling in between

 

This is a cool silicone mat baking set to make your macarons:

 

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