Fruits Noir Macarons

It’s February 14th and we can’t escape the love fest, so we hope you enjoy our special Valentine’s macarons. Soy and I have never “celebrated” Valentine’s Day. In fact, we avoid it like the plague. We avoid what we think is a cheesy holiday with an even cheesier excuse that goes something like, ‘Love should be shown everyday not just on one commercialised day of the year when chocolates and flowers cos ten times the usual price… etc etc etc’ :)

But, you can’t escape the red and white flowers, hearts and romantic music all around. So we had to have a Valentine’s Day theme for this month’s Mactweets Mac Attack challenge.

I wanted to do something a bit edgier than a saccharine hearts and flowers theme, so I came up with these Fruits Noir (as in the French ‘frwee nuarh’- black fruits) macarons. I had not yet tried a jam filling in my macarons so this was the perfect chance. I made a blackberry-vanilla compôte, made by stewing blackberries, sugar and a vanilla bean then adding crème de cassis, to make a sweet, sticky, robust, jammy mixture with just the right amount of mouthfeel. Blackberries, blackcurrant (hence the name for my macarons) and vanilla are a match made in heaven, methinks!

As for the shells, we all know love has both a sweet side and a dark side, and when they come together in the perfect proportions, magic happens. Pretty much like these macarons. They were very refreshing and the blackberry vanilla compôte was extremely swoon-worthy. Macarons are usually meant to be eaten one by one and with a strong tea or coffee because they are that sweet and satisfying, but these Fruits Noir macarons could challenge even the biggest sweet tooth around. A compôte is an interesting macaron filling, and one I would do again in future, but perhaps only a small amount paired with a ganache to cut down the level of sweetness.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

honeyandsoy’s Fruits Noir macarons

The recipe for these Fruits Noir macarons can be found in our book Making Failproof Macarons. honeyandsoy’s Making Failproof macarons is now also available as an ebook.

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  • http://not-thekitchensink.blogspot.com/ Janine

    the color combination of the macarons look really lovely!

  • Lokmeiling

    all the macarons are so evenly piped… colours are lovely!!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    OMG I love these! They look really so very chic! :D happy V day! :D

  • Jamie

    GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love the colors and it certainly is much sexier than the too frilly pink and white and red! Simply stunning! And what perfect macs, I am jealous! This is really a fab way to say Happy Valentine’s Day even saying it to my sceptical husband who also tries his best to ignore the day. Thanks for sharing with Mactweets!

  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    The gloss on the jam/compote in the second photo is beautiful! And I do love blackberries :)

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com Michelle Chin

    Wow this is creative! I always tell my friends about your macarons. Even directed them to your site for tips and stuff like that. :D

    About Cuisine Cuisine, I’ve mistaken. It was listed in the Michelin guide for 2009 and 2010 but not awarded with two stars. Only the other branch was awarded. Haha. Sorry. Something is not right with me these days.

  • http://twitter.com/el_moorish Lizzie Moore

    Those are some sexy looking cookies! I love the idea and look of the compôte as a filling but can see how it would be heavy on the sweetness. As you said, paired with a ganache (a really dark bittersweet one) it might be just about perfect.

  • priii

    omgoodness.. those look AMAZING!!!

  • priii

    omgoodness.. those look AMAZING!!!

  • Katie Duncan

    Wow, I love the colors! Your macs look absolutely perfect!

  • Katie Duncan

    Wow, I love the colors! Your macs look absolutely perfect!

  • am

    hey, how do you get your shells black? :) I tried adding LOADS of coloring to mine but they always always always end up grey and horrible looking! :o

  • http://anediblemosaic.com Faith

    What a great flavor for macs…love that filling too! They are gorgeous!

  • http://msihua.com msihua

    The colours are amazing! Love them! Happy Valentines Day (no matter how cheesy it is :) )

  • Anonymous

    You taken to the mac like honey to soy…teehee! WOW, these are PRETTY! Really nice and wonderfully paired. Thank you for bringing these stunning feet to mactweets!

  • http://snowdropm-berries.blogspot.com/ Yuki

    that looks awesome and deliciously romantique~ =)

  • Celia

    Very gorgeous, Honey! You really are the macaron queen!

  • Celia

    Very gorgeous, Honey! You really are the macaron queen!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Oh dear! I used gel colouring. The shells aren’t totally black because I didn’t want to overdose on food colouring, but they were black and shiny enough.

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thank you, Michelle! You are so sweet! I’ve made some bad macarons, believe me, so that’s why I think it’s so important to share what finally worked!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Aww Celia, you are too kind! :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Yuki! We are waiting too see your macarons soon!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Janine! When are you going to show us your macarons? ;)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thank youuuuuuu!! :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hi Heidi! Glad you like the colour, and I enjoyed reading all about your V day!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Err I have to confess that I don’t know the reference- not a fan of Seinfeld! But I have to Google it now cos you’ve got me curious!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Yay!! So glad you like them as much as I do!! xx

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Jamie! Hahaha maybe this will change your husband’s mind!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Yeah, Hannah, I was glad that the photo managed to capture the compote beautifully. Have you been blackberrying around Canberra? We haven’t gotten up the courage to pick them from the wild.

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lizzie! Yes, the compote as a filling was a tad too much for us, but I think people who have a really sweet tooth would love it!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    :D

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Katie!!! :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Faith!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hahaha Oh alright….. Happy Valentine’s!! :)

  • http://foodieandthechef.blogspot.com/ foodie and the chef

    These are divine – I love the good/dark love theme. What perfect little macarons !

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hahaha good one, Deeba! :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Yuki! When are we going to see some of your macarons? ;)

  • Anonymous

    There are so beautiful! I love the yin and the yang

  • http://bubbleandsweet.blogspot.com/ Linda @ Bubble and Sweet

    Very pretty macs I like the sound of the fruit vanilla combo. I agree I would never spend wads of cash on flowers just for Valentines day but I like to do something special that comes from my heart and yes your right it should be shown every day.

  • http://twitter.com/thedailypalette The Daily Palette

    I love grown-up macarons. Sophisticated!

  • http://theurbanbaker.com the urban baker

    could these be any prettier??? what a wonderful way to share the “love” How did you achieve such perfection?