Dec 29, 2009

Macaron 17: Macaron For The New Year

Week 17 December 28
Macaron 17. Raspberry Macaron with Champagne Mousse. A macaron fit for the new year. Like drinking chambord in champagne. I am really fascinated by the mousse. It is very very rich and has a slight alcoholic taste. Champagne is my favorite alcoholic beverage and how can you beat raspberries. The macaron color is also perfect! I love this macaron, a holiday must!

Dec 20, 2009

Macaron 16: Vanilla Bean and Balsamic Cream with Strawberry Balsamic Buttercream

Week 16 December 21
Macaron 16 Vanilla Bean and Balsamic Cream with strawberry balsamic buttercream. A break from all the chocolaty treats this month. I wanted to slice a strawberry and add it to the middle but I did not have any so I decided to dust them with pretty gold dust. I love sparkle and I do love macarons so why not let them be friends. These treats are tangy and sweet and all around delicious.

Dec 14, 2009

Macaron 15 Chocolate with Mint Macarpone

December 14 Week 15
Macaron 15 Chocolate with Mint Macarpone. If there is any time of the year that calls for an over abundant amount of chocolate, now is the time. I know last week was also chocolate, but I felt that since its the holiday and chocolate is the quintessential over indulgent treat why not over indulge. This is is like an Andes Mint. Creamy and minty and I just adore mascarpone. Quite delish and I like the colors together.

Dec 8, 2009

Macaron 14 Chocolate with Egg Nog Buttercream

December 7 Week 14
Macaron 14 Chocolate macaron with Egg Nog Buttercream. Egg Nog is Christmas in a cup. I have to have it every year. Now, I have never had real egg nog ,just the good old grocery store kind. It is to good. So my thought, why not make a tasty chocolate macaron and make some creamy delicious egg nog buttercream. The outcome was just has wonderful as I had dreamed! Thus the first of the Holiday Macarons!

Nov 30, 2009

Macaron 13: Earl Grey with Lemon Curd Mascarpone

November 30 Week 13
Macaron 13 Earl Grey with Lemon Curd Mascarpone. This is what love tastes like. Grey and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations. Since they are no rules for macarons I created this color and taste combination. Early Grey is my favorite tea and and I adore anything and everything lemon and grapefruit. By far one of my most favorite creations so far. I made the lemon curd from scratch and that was divine. Even warm, I sort of wanted to eat it like soup. I added some mascarpone which separted a little from the lemon. Dairy and lemon never mix well for me but, the filling was perfect, lemony mascarpone. Bliss.

Nov 22, 2009

Macaron 12: Chocolate with Lemon and Quince Buttercream

November 23 Week 12
Macaron 12 Chocolate with Lemon and Quince Buttercream. This macaron is a little different. I purchased quince paste a while ago in a small Jerusalem grocery store and was just waiting to use it.The quince paste was sweet not tart and the color is beautiful. The lemon was an added after thought and worked quite well.

Nov 15, 2009

Macaron 11:Vanilla with Rose Buttecream

November 16 Week 11
Macaron 11: Vanilla with Rose Buttercream. Well I have finally perfected the macaron. This is it. I could stop the blog that ,is how good this batch were. I have reached perfection and the giddiness that took over me was too much. I could not contain myself. Perfect. Good shiny tops, good feet, and no hollow middles. Perfect chewiness. I am in love. The rose water buttercream was a bit of heaven too. I used a new buttercream recipe and it was so smooth and just a small hint of rose lingered. Wonderful.

Nov 9, 2009

Macaron 10: Chocolate with Peanut Butter Cocoa Nib Buttercream

November 9 Week 10
Macaron 10: Chocolate Macaron with Peanut Butter and Cocoa Nib Buttercream. I have been in such a chocolate mood this week, I felt that it was time for the chocolate macaron to make an appearance. Yesterday I had brunch at this restaurant and the waffle of the day was a plain waffle with spiced apples and peanut butter whipped cream. Yum. I have had my mind on peanut butter ever since. The nibs add a nice crunch to the buttercream and it's nice and light and delicious.

Nov 2, 2009

Macaron 9: Raspberry Macaron with Lime Curd Buttercream

November 2 Week 9
Macaron 9 Raspberry macaron with lime curd buttecream. A nice burst of color, I love the pink and green contrast. They are the perfect girly macaron, but then again they all are? I used yet another recipe and I think I am happy with how they turned out. I did not have my piping bag so I hade to use a ziploc which did not do a great job. Oh well, they still tasted delish!

Oct 26, 2009

Macaron 8: Chocolate with Bacon Maple Buttecream

October 26 Week 8
Macaron 8 Chocolate Macaron with Bacon Maple Buttercream. A new approach to the macaron. Inspired by the Vosges Bacon Chocolate Bar. It was delicious, like breakfast when the bacon touches your waffle. Sweet, salty and wonderful!

Oct 16, 2009

Macaron 7: Amaretto with Peach Amaretto Buttercream

October 19 Week 7
Macaron 7: Amaretto with Peach Amaretto Buttercream. So I tried a new recipe this week and I am not going to lie, it did not turn out as well as I would have like. I felt like I was a complete failure, then I realized it is only week 7 and I still have 45 weeks left to perfect. What a relief. Now, the inside of the macarons turned out great. Crunchy and chewy,but I never got any feet. I dusted them with a little cinnamon and over all the taste was good, appearance not so great. We will try again next week!

Oct 13, 2009

Macaron 6: Little Black Macaron

October 12 Week 6
Macaron 6: Little Black Macaron. Last week I delivered an order of chocolate macarons to Little Black Dress on Cherry Street. I chatted with the ever so delightful owner Kelly for a little and left inspired to make a signature macron for the store. What I came up with this, a chocolate macaron with sea salt sprinkled on top, and for the filling caramel buttercream with caramel drizzled inside and on top. A messy, but oh so delightful macaron. The salt was delicious and actually paired nicely with the chocolate and caramel. Soon to be classic I am sure. Other exciting news is that I am starting an Etsy page just for my macarons. They will never be more than a click away!!!

Oct 4, 2009

Macaron 5: Vanilla Bean with Cassis Buttercream

October 5, Week 5
Macaron 5: Vanilla Bean with Cassis Buttercream. So I wanted to make a purple macaron, purple is so pretty in cookie form and I had some black currant puree and I love the macarons that have matching filling so I went for it. These were wonderful, the vanilla was subtle and the buttercream was sweet with a light taste of black currant. I think these are some of the prettiest so far. I know my pictures are not the best, but I think they are getting better!

Sep 27, 2009

Macaron 4: Orange with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache

September 28, Week 4
Macaron 4: Orange with bittersweet Chocolate Ganache. I am tired of chocolate and brown colored macarons. I need some color, so I made these beautiful orange colored and flavored one. I ground the almond flour to an espresso fine powdered and then sifted it. Now the flour is like angel dust. This developed nice feet but it seems that maybe the orange extract made them hollow inside. This batch was really, really fragile. I used a different recipe, that I will not be trying again. The ganache is really good. I have been just eating that alone. Nice and milky not all the way smooth, there are little bits of chocolate bits that are delicious!

Macaron 3:Chocolate with Blood Orange Buttercream

September 21, Week 3

Macaron 3: Chocolate with blood orange buttercream. Its like its a chocolate orange. A perfect combination. Not going to lie, I cooked them a little to long, so they were crunchy, but I paired them with some Pot de Cremes so it worked as a cookie biscuit.

Sep 25, 2009

Macaron 2: Espresso with Espresso Buttercream

September 14, Week 2
Macaron 2: Absolutely delectable, chewy and soft and crunchy. I used instant espresso powder and for the buttercream a little coffee extract from Nielson Massey. Good not bitter. A great base recipe.

Sep 21, 2009

Macaron 1: Cinnamon with Pumpkin Cream

September 14, Week 1
Macaron 1: Cinnamon with Pumpkin Cream
The most perfect fall macaron. A nice spicy cinnamon macaron with the most delicious pumpkin cream. The cream is laced with cloves and there is a little cream cheese mixed in. It is a little bit more runny than a buttercream and when sandwiched is drips just a little making it a lovely chewy and crunchy sandwich.

A Year of Macarons

What started out as just an item to bake, has now turned into a life long ,love obsession. This is a blog devoted to my macaron obession. 52 macarons, 52 weeks to perfect them and become the Macaron Queen.

  1. Week 1 September 7: Cinnamon with Pumpkin Cream
  2. Week 2 September 14: Mocha with Espresso Buttercream
  3. Week 3 September 21: Chocolate with Blood Orange Buttercream
  4. Week 4 September 28: Orange with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache
  5. Week 5 October 5: Vanilla Bean with Cassis Buttercream
  6. Week 6 October 12: Little Black Macaron
  7. Week 7 October 19: Amaretto with Peach Amaretto Buttercream
  8. Week 8 October 26: Chocolate with Bacon Maple Buttercream
  9. Week 9 November 2: Raspberry with Lime Curd Buttercream
  10. Week 10 November 9 Chocolate with Peanuter Butter Cocoat Nib Buttercream
  11. Week 11 November 16 Vanilla with Rose Water Buttercream
  12. Week 12 November 23 Chocolate with Lemon, Quince Buttercream
  13. Week 13 November 30 Earl Grey with Lemon Curd Mascarpone
  14. Week 14 December 7 Chocolate with Egg Nog Buttercream
  15. Week 15 December 14 Chocolate with Mint Macarpone
  16. Week 16 December 21 Vanilla Bean and Balsamic Cream with Strawberry Balsamic Buttercream
  17. Week 17 December 28 Raspberry with Champagne Mousse
  18. Week 18 January 4 Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Buttercream
  19. Week 19 January 11 Vanilla with Chocolate Cream Cheese Buttercream
  20. Week 20 January 18 Vanilla with Orange Blossom Honey Buttercream
  21. Week 21 January 24 Vanilla Bean with Banana Caramel Buttecream
  22. Week 22 February 1 Vanilla with Grapefruit Buttercream
  23. Week 23 February 8 Chai with Caramel Cream and Mascarpone
  24. Week 24 February 15 Chocolate with Toasted Coconut Buttercream
  25. Week 25 February 22 Blackberry with Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Buttercream
  26. Week 26 March 1 Lime with Strawberry Buttercream
  27. Week 27 March 8 Chocolate with Strawberry Buttercream
  28. Week 28 March 15 Pineapple with Vanilla Cream Cheese Buttercream
  29. Week 29 March 22 Lemon with Rasperry Cream Cheese Buttercream
  30. Week 30 March 29 Coffee with Brown Butter Buttercream
  31. Week 31 April 5 Matcha with Vanilla Buttercream
  32. Week 32 April 12 Birthday Macaron!
  33. Week 33 April19 Ice Cream Macaron Sandwich
  34. Week 34 April 26 Black Forest Macaron
  35. Week 35 May 1 May Day Macaron
  36. Week 36 May 10 Neopolitan Macaron
  37. Week 37 May 17 Chocolate with Kumquat and Grand Marnier with Cream Cheese
  38. Week 38 May 24 Vanilla Poppy Seed with Lemon Cream Cheese
  39. Week 39 May 31 Savory Smoked Paprika with Goat Cheese
  40. Week 40 June 7 Mojito Macaron
  41. Week 41 June 14 Vanilla with Vanilla Lime Buttercream
  42. Week 42 June 21 Hazelnut with Brown Butter Buttercream
  43. Week 43 June 28 Green Tea with Strawberry Buttercream
  44. Week 44 July 5 Chocolate with Cinnamon and Chipolte
  45. Week 45 July 12 Vanilla with Pineapple Buttercream
  46. Week 46 July 19 Vanilla with Orange Buttercream
  47. Week 47 July 26 Lavender with Lavender Buttercream
  48. Week 48 August 2 Pineapple with Coconut Buttercream
  49. Week 49 August 9 Green Apple with Honey Buttercream
  50. Week 50 August 16 Lime with Graham and Cream Cheese Filling
  51. Week 51 August 23 Cinnamon with Peach Nutmeg
  52. Week 52 August 30 Vanilla with Almond Buttercream