Confession: My macaron making game has been off recently.
So off that other than some of the lemon macarons I made to give the crew at my physical therapy clinic, I haven’t made them since last July.
I had tried developing a new recipe using some seasonal Oregon berries and it did not go well. At all. Like one big, giant mess. So I hopelessly gave up. I don’t want to call myself a quitter, so I’m going to say I went on a self-imposed macaron hiatus. That sounds much better.
Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound better but it makes me feel better so that’s what we’re gonna go with.
The good news is, this hiatus is officially over!
We’re doing “heart-shaped” foods for our weekly dinner party this week. One of my friends might have a gluten allergy so she’s going gluten-free for a month to determine whether or not she is. Most things I bake are full of gluten, but fortunately for us, macarons are gluten-free and 100% delicious!
I wasn’t quite ready to tackle trying my own macaron recipe again, so I did some googling and found Ladurée’s world-famous macaron recipe. I haven’t been to Paris and had these cute little guys, but I’ve heard nothing but good things so I decided to try making them myself.
I may have squealed when I pulled the first sheet out of the oven. They were perfect pink little shells with the cutest feet you could possibly think of.
I didn’t actually pipe them in a heart shape because I just wanted to make sure they actually came out how they were supposed to but after piping I did put some little heart sprinkles on them.
I paired them with a chocolate-strawberry ganache which is pretty much to die for. You’re going to have extra ganache. Freeze it for later, put it on a cake, eat it off a spoon. No judgment here.
These little guys will be perfect for sharing with your Valentine, a group of friends or just eating by yourself. It does make a lot though, so be sure to not overindulge. Macarons are too good to eat so many you never want to see them again.
Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day weekend, I know I will 🙂