Making macarons is not easy. As Vy Howard from Syndesi Desserts explains, it is a process of failing and trying again. Over the course of a year she went through a process of “honing my execution skills in professional aesthetics.” You can benefit from her determination by ordering custom baked goods, or browse her pop-up bakery at Citizen Supply December 22-23, 2018. Just in time for Christmas!
Fail and Try Again – Macarons
“In every batch there is a prayer, “Please Lord Jesus, please!” I’ve made 1000s of macarons. But they are so finicky! Oh my goodness. I mean, macarons have been in trend for a really long time but I never attempted it because every blog talks about how difficult it is. And just by reading those posts I was scared of it. But then I had the inklings of an idea to start a bakery and I thought, “If I’m going to do this, I need to attempt macarons.” Actually, my first attempt was a beautiful success – beautiful feet, beautiful shell. Just beautiful. And then every attempt after that was Bomb, bomb, bomb, fail, fail, fail… I was like, “Oh my gosh!” It was very humbling.
As I’m making them one day, my mother just casually says, “Oh you’re taking after your great grandfather!” And I said, “What are you talking about?” Asian people don’t talk that much about family. She saw me making them and thought of that connection. She said, “He made things like croissants.” And apparently my great-grandfather was a pastry chef in Vietnam. He served in the French restaurants when the French colonized Vietnam. I had no idea before that moment.”
“I remember a year ago when we were visiting Atlanta we went to Ponce City Market, I went in there and said, “Oh my gosh, I would love to do a pop up in Citizen Supply.” And the past several months I’ve been looking for places to pop up, but I was dreading a cold call approach for Citizen Supply, thinking, “Who do I even contact, who do I email…?”
Then several weeks ago on their Instagram they were advertising pop ups for local makers. On a whim I decided to apply even though I had been struggling with discouragement. “Ugh, what am I doing? I don’t have what it takes.” You know, the mental game. I was actually half sleeping when I saw the application. I wasn’t awake and conscious enough to argue myself out of applying. So I decided to apply totally not expecting anything.
The next day I get an email from a guy who said he just happened to run across my application and I would be a perfect fit for a holiday bake sale that they were hosting. I flipped out, because that was crazy! It was two totally different events, and two totally different people. I had applied for a different event and somehow this guy came across my application. I have no idea how that actually happened, other than God! That was literally mindblowing!”
Syndesi Desserts will be at Citizen Supply the week before Christmas, December 22-23, 2018.
Wonder how Vy Howard started the bakery? Read the background story HERE.