I've been puttering about with some macaroon recipes lately and despite never being very clear on how to spell the word, I think I may have discovered the best recipe for them yet, with thanks to the wonderful Helene from Tartelette. She is the macaroon queen in my eye's. If you have never spent any time on her blog please head over there and drool over her fantastic food photography and recipes.
I'll not repost her recipe, instead please use this link. About the only difference is that I didn't colour the mac mixture, instead opting for a white 'biscuit' (is that what they are called??) and then I hand painted a wee strip of colour on them ... trying to be artistic and failed in spectacular style! To do this I added a drop of vodka (I had raspberry flavoured to hand which just seemed to lend itself perfectly) to a small amount of food gel and then painted away. The food paste was supposed to be raspberry but ended up being more plum like, promise I hadn't tasted the contents of the vodka bottle prior to selecting the food gel! The finishing touch is a small sprinkle of edible glitter, added while the 'paint' was still wet.
These mac's helped to use up the last of the homemade mascarpone and raspberry and vanilla jam, there's a clue as to how long ago these were made! I can assure you that these little guys didn't last any longer than a day, they just seemed to fall into everybody's mouth's with careless abandon and there have been several requests for more batches to be made.
Stayed tuned as there are Halloween inspired macs on the horizon ... anyone know where I can find thin liquorice straps??