March 28, 2010

Spring Macarons


left to right: lemon, pistachio, passion fruit, raspberry

One of the things that's so great about baking is its resourcefulness.  What I mean by that is how one recipe can influence and inspire the next.    After making the crème brûlées a few weeks ago I found myself with a lot of egg whites.   Normally I'll freeze them for use later to make swiss meringue buttercream frosting.  But this time I decided not to.  I haven't made macarons in a while so I ended up saving the whites to whip up a few batches. 

The weather over the last few months in the Bay Area has been pretty dismal.  I can't remember a time when there's been so much rain and gloom.  It was downright depressing.  But sunny days are now upon us, knock on wood, and I hope they're here to stay.  


These macarons are inspired by spring colors.  I used Tartelette's basic recipe as a starting point and tinted them with powdered food color.  The filling is swiss meringue buttercream mixed with the following:

lemon: Trader Joe's lemon curd
pistachio: pistachio paste
passion fruit: passion fruit puree cooked with Certo pectin and cooled
raspberry: raspberry fruit puree cooked with Certo pectin and cooled


 HAPPY SPRING TO ALL!!!

14 comments:

  1. Those colors are just beautiful! The flavors sound fantastic as well.

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  2. Yummy! I bet the passion fruit are delicious, I think I will have to give those a go. My first batch of powdered food colours are on there way to me as we speak! I'm very excited!

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  3. Wow..those are cool. I need to some of that Pistachio paste for my ice creams!

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  4. i tried macarons when i was in paris and wasn't too impressed even though i really wanted to like them. yours are so pretty that i'm willing to give them another chance. hopefully my talented cousin can make me a fan ;).

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  5. Your macaron colors and presentation are so beautiful. Happy and light like Spring. Well done! =)

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  6. Absolutely beautiful pictures, Truc-san! Not to mention, delectable! Hey, I'm looking for a scones recipe to make for breakfast. Got one for me?

    Love,
    Mimi

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  7. I'm so glad I found you via Tastespotting! Your photos are so lovely. Very well done, my fellow baking San Franciscan!

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  8. Those look like a magical rainbow. I wish I could make them!

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  9. So right for spring and the colours are gorgeous. The macarons looks perfect as well.

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  10. Your macarons are fantastic!! Gorgeous photos!

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  11. your macarons look so gorgeous, amazing!!! I'm envious as I'm gearing up to make my own for the very first time.
    Happy spring!

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  12. Fabulous presentation!

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  13. They are beautiful and I'm sure yummy!

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