I'm not a fan of Masterchef.
I don't get to watch a lot of TV. Not in a TV is so dull and I am so much better than that kind of way, more in a I have 3 kids and if they're not watching it I'm gonna catch up on some sleep type of way.
But I did record the macaron cake tower on Monday's Masterchef to watch when my friend alerted me to the fact that it would be on.
Eeeek - what a crazy show. Although I must admit I had to fast forward a lot of it, from what I could understand they gave the contestants less time to complete this than they knew required and then sat there belittleing their contructions.
I say good work to all those poor contestants, think I would have been in tears in the same situation.
Oh well, I guess that's what the show is about.
Although it has inspired me. I have been looking at some macaron cake towers lately and I think I will put it on my to do list.
In the meantime here are some Violet Macarons.
Take your time, relax, take a big deep breath and enjoy them.
Life unlike Masterchef is not a race.
recipe after jump
Click here for recipe - follow the rose recipe and replace crystalised roses with violets and pink food colour with purple/ violet.
Crystalised violet is available from good cake decorating shops or delis.
Violet White Chocolate Ganache
200 gm (7 ounces) white chocolate
1 tsp violet extract or to taste **note
Violet food colouring - I used Wilton gel colours
Bring cream to boil, pour over finely chopped white chocolate and stand 5 mins. Stir until all chocolate has melted and mixture is glossy mix in violet essence and food colour. Chill approx 45 mins and use as required.
**note my violet extract is from overseas. If you are unable to source violet extract you can just colour the ganache violet and rely on the macaron violet flavour.