Spiced red fruit macarons
I’ve been busy with macarons again! I know I haven’t posted on macarons in a while, but trust me, I have been busy creating behind the scenes. And all for something very special too. I created these spiced red fruit macarons for MacTweets for the theme, ‘fall’. Honestly, I have waited for warm weather ever since the temperature cooled in May. And I watched jealously as everyone in the Northern hemisphere posted their summer recipes- coolers, iced desserts, berry tarts- while I shivered longingly, a mug of hot tea in hand. I’m not bagging out the fall theme, but now that the situation is reversed, and I in the Southern hemisphere am celebrating all things summer, I wanted to create a macaron that would bring both the warmth and flavours of fall with the crisp vibrancy of summer.
And thus, the spiced red fruit macaron was born! I always associate cinnamon with a fall/autumn flavour, and nothing says summer more than fresh berries. So for these macarons, I infused some fruity tea in cream before making the ganache filling, and finished it off with a dusting of cinnamon.
I think this is my favourite macaron of all the ones I made so far, because of the subtlety of the flavours. I think this macaron is very big on aroma as well, as that is the first thing you notice as you bring the macaron close to your lips- a slight fruity tang of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry, rounded off with the smell of spicy cinnamon. And taste is largely about smell, right? So those were the flavours of the luscious ganache- ever so subtly.
I had a bit of a battle with ganache melting before I could finish piping for the first time ever, and that tells you what the temperatures here have been like. But some patience and cooling the ganache frequently meant that this wasn’t much of an issue. I say, bring on summer!
I think these macarons also scream ‘Christmaaaassss!” And this is something that brings us all together, regardless of which hemisphere you live in.
Now, here is something special that I have been busy with, and can tell you about at last: honeyandsoy’s macaron guide! Yes, you, my dear readers were the first ones to give me the idea of writing a guide to the finicky macaron, and I have alluded to the existence of one from time to time, but I can finally say with relief that it is finished! And these spiced red fruit macarons are my most recent additions to the guide. You can find the recipe in the guide, together with an extensive and detailed explanation of all the tips and tricks to finding ‘feet’ and much more.
Click here for honeyandsoy’s Making Failproof Macarons!