A 52-year-old baker has perfected a French treat, after quitting her job three years ago to become Hebden Bridge’s very own macaron marvel.
Lynne Burns, 52, owner at Medici Macarons, started her own cake business more than two years ago after her mother passed away but developed a love for macarons along the way - a the three ingredient recipe that is renowned for being difficult to make.
In February 2012, Lynne gave up work as a freelance worker in the community and voluntary sector to care for her mum - who had terminal lung cancer.
The self taught baker originally planned to sell mini cakes at the market but decided to further her passion for macarons.
Lynne, said: “I told myself that the macarons were not going to get the better of me and that’s where my obsession started.
“It took me 14 tries to make a successful batch. On the 14th try, I said to my husband that if it didn’t work out this time that I would give up.
“I put three trays in the oven and one of them worked so I continued to make them.”
Although Lynne spent months perfecting her macaron recipe, she says the secret recipe is that practice makes perfect but adds that knowing your oven is critical.
From there, she decided to focus on making macarons for weddings, including designing macaron towers and wedding favours.
“It is lovely to get to be a part of someone’s lovely day. It is very special for me and I love hearing the feedback.”
The ingredients for her macarons are locally sourced.
Lynne will be showcasing her macarons at an upcoming wedding fair - ‘A Wedding Experience in the Dales’ - which will be held at Brook Farm, Kelbrook, near Skipton, on November 2, from 11am to 3pm. For more information, visit www.medicimacarons.co.uk or www.boltonabbeyweddings.co.uk.