Lemon Ginger floating Macarons – MacAttack IV
Posted by osakaben41 on April 5, 2010
That time once again for all Mac-obsessed bakers to strap in and get with the piping. Our challenge this month was to base a macaron on an April Holiday. My son turns two on the 5th, but you have no idea how hard it is to make Thomas the train macarons. In Boston we celebrate Patriot’s day, so thought of a red/white/blue cookie, but it seemed too obvious. Rather, I went with an April Fools day approach.
The idea was to make macs with an ‘invisible’ center, in this case a clear lemonade jelly. I couldn’t get the jelly to be totally translucent, though it came pretty close, given a certain thickness.
The shells were your standard macaron recipe, but with some powdered ginger thrown in, decorated with some candied lemon peel. I wanted to try making these much more petite and bite sized, partially to avoid giant bites of jelly, but mostly just to practice a different type of piping.
Overall, it was fun to try something new, but given a choice, I’d have to go with a ganache filled mac 9 times out of 10. The jelly may have been a bit too rubbery this time, though it tasted pretty good, and was big fun to cut up and play with. It’s worth noting, now that spring is upon us, the secret to good lemonade is to add a pinch of salt. Really brings out the lemon flavor in a surprising way.