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Playing with Flavors

Posted by on Aug 14, 2010 in French Macarons, Home, x | 43 comments

I was delightfully surprised two weeks ago when a contact of mine sent me flavors I have had a hard time purchasing. My gratefulness soon turned to ideas for macarons and some recipes I am still perfecting. Of course I sent this very generous person pictures of these heavenly pastries.

Pomegranate Macarons with White Chocolate Crème Mousse and
Macaron aux Bleuets with White Chocolate Crème Mousse
As any one who has ever read my blog knows I have an obsessions with the French Macaron and love to play with flavoring the shells as well as the filling. So when I received an early Christmas present, the natural, organic flavors, (yes to me this was an early Christmas!) I cracked open a dozen eggs and proceeded to separate the whites. No worries I created more desserts with the yolks, but that is another blog.
Placed them, the egg whites, safely away in the back refrigerator and waited four days. Believe me the wait was excruciating, but I survived by baking with Sydney!Since I don’t want to bore you with the four days of waiting I will just fast forward to Saturday. 

We decided to work with the blueberry macarons first, since it is blueberry season, they’re more accessible, and I happen to love blueberries.
Blueberries remind of long summer days were the sun doesn’t set till 9:00 p.m. This summer has come and almost gone, life seems to become faster paced as the season changes to fall, the air becomes crisp and cool, schools are back in session. I seem to always go through “end of summer blues”ever year (then I remember I like all the seasons and all the months, except January), but this year it is exceptionally melancholy… as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs my only child is starting college out of state (at Knox College)
Blueberries..organic of course and washed 

Time to put attention to to the development of Macaron aux Bleuets with White Chocolate Crème Mousse. The standing mixer comes up and the Italian Meringue begins.
Powder sugar, almonds, water, eggs white, and superfine sugar all are weighed and formulated on the counter top, the assembly begins for easy organized chaos (how we bake best together). Actually it’s just chaotic, but it is pretty coordinated. 

While the Macaron aux Bleuets wait for their skins to develop, we move on to the Pomegranate Macarons. Pomegranates regretfully are not in season during the summer, but I have PAMA, pomegranate extract, and POM pomegranate juice. 

As I indicated earlier I tend to become dispirited towards the end of summer till I remember Fall is a pretty “cool” season too. The crispness of the air, apples, cranberries, pumpkins, and of course pomegranates are in season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are a part of the Fall Festivities (Sydney is back from school for a six week break!)

Same ritual begins all over again, the measuring, formulating, and organized chaos. Now folding the meringue and almond mixture, Sydney clears the decks; piping begins, the Pomegranate macarons are lined up with the Macaron aux Bleuets to develop skins too!

Macaron aux Bleuets are finally ready for the preheated oven and baking, by the time all four trays of Bleuets are done the Pomegranate Macarons will have their skins and go through the same baking process.
The early evening is now approaching time to create the White Chocolate Crème Mousse, take the mixer bowl and whisk out of the freezer, whip a cloud crème add the chocolate, match the macarons for size,  pipe the filling on one side and sandwich the top. 

Voila two new and mouthwatering delicious macarons!

43 Comments

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  2. Thanks for putting this together – what a great reference for macarons, I have never thought of flavoring the shell. By the way will you be posting some macaron recipes?

  3. Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very similar post over the last few weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks.

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  6. You macaron pictures look like art

  7. Yes, that would be fine

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  9. You and your daughter must have a lot of fun baking together.

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  21. I haven’t had a descent macaron in years. Yours look great, but the time and effort in making them is something that I can’t do, by any chance can I purchase a dozen? What is the shipping charges?

  22. These look irresistible and what an amazing dessert.

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  25. Love the flavors and colors you picked. Great post

  26. Mango is one of favorite flavors; very innovative of you to find away to make a macaron with it!

  27. Woah. Thanks for this great post. Very informative contnet and I learned a lot from this post. I hope you continue to post more about this as it would be beneficial to all.

  28. Perfect mac attack indeed – love the color on those!

  29. Wow! I mean how gorgeous can these lil’ things be! I could type down an entire list of adjectives here, but i am not sure if they’ll do justice enough to these lil’ beauties! Yup, your macaros and very dainty and pretty feet .

  30. Love the flavours and the pictures are fantastic as always.

  31. I always wonder how long to beat the egg whites for. It seems like I get to soft peaks very quickly and then to stiff peaks really fast after adding the sugar. I don’t ever really achieve the shiny consistency people write about. I suspect this is my problem. Suggestions?

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  38. Very good article, a bunch of really good information. I am going to show my friends and ask them what they think.

  39. Love the colours! Your macs look stunning. Fabulous job are you a professional chef

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