Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Conversation Heart macarons for Valentines



The MacTweets challenge #16 for February 2011 was dedicated to Valentines Day. In their words 'Nothing says I Love You like a sweet little something, the size of a kiss, the flavor of your wildest desire, the macaron'.
I'm nothing if not literal, so I baked up a batch of macarons and using an edible writing pen in red I drew on some conversation hearts.

Yes my sweet kiss size macarons actually say 'I love you'.... and 'kiss me' and my all time favourite 'True Love'.


I think they would look great in different pastel colours, and if you wanted really neat looking uniform decorations you could cut out a fondant heart, stick it onto the macaron and write or stamp the words on the fondant.


My macarons were made using my regular recipe and filled with white chocolate ganache and for the pink raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream blended with white chocolate ganache (ratio 3 cups buttercream to 1 cup ganache).


Macaron recipe - click here
Italian Meringue Buttercream from the Whimsical Bakehouse cookbook which is one of my all time favourite cook books for baking.

Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look
Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-make Cakes That Taste as Good as They Look

Due to the super humid and hot weather here in Brisbane at the moment the white chocolate ganache is a 4:1 ratio of white chocolate to cream. Eg 200g white chocolate to 50g cream melted together carefully and allowed to set in the fridge to a piping consistency.



I'm sure all the wonderful Mac Tweeters will be coming up with some lovely macarons for the February Challenge check back at the end of the month to see all the mac-yumminess.

23 comments:

  1. Wow I love them! Love them! How perfect for Valentine's Day are they? Perfect and beautiful! Thrilled you made these for the Mactweets Valentine's Day kitchen! yay! Happy V Day!

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  2. These are so gorgeous! I've never seen macarons with a print on them. Great idea

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  3. Very clever! They look just like the love heart sweeties ;0)

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  4. You macs always look perfectly beautiful! Wish I could be your neighbor so you could teach me! Love these Valentine macarons~so sweet!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous and they really do look like sweetheart candies! Love the fillings too. I still haven't come up with a Valentine mac idea..trying lol

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  6. They're so cute! They remind me of those little heart lollies with the messages! :D

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  7. They are absolutely adorable!! I find white choc ganache very tricky to get right when it's hot. Wow, 4:1 is a lot.

    Btw, where do you get your edible pens in Oz? Thanks in advance :)

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  8. I love conversation hearts! These are adorable and perfect macs as always.

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  9. Oh I looooove these, these are positively inspired my daaaahling! Did you make one for me?
    *kisses* HH

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  10. Oh these are too cute. I ought to make some for my husband, he does like his macarons!

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  11. They are so cute!

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  12. Oh wow these are beautiful!! Such a good idea! Perfect for Valentines day!

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  13. Thanks for the taste test Linda - I can honestly attest that these taste as tantalising as they look! They didn't last long in our house!
    Imagine the 7 year old being such a macaron connoisseur!!!

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  14. these are absolutely beautiful and such a cute idea! I love reading your blog and seeing all your creations, I've nominated you for the Stylish Blog Award - read about it more here: http://sugarsweetcakesandtreats.blogspot.com/2011/02/wow-i-won-stylish-blogger-award.html

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  15. Oh yum they look so good...all the talent on this blog wow. I really like your blog...come by sometime.
    Love,Debbie

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  16. Aww how cute! How did you write on the macarons? Edible pen? Happy Vday!

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  17. Yup the writing is just by hand using an edible pen.

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  18. Beautiful macs! What a great idea, and how perfect for Valentine's Day! I have never mixed ganache and buttercream but I think I know what I'll be trying out this week!

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  19. Your Macs are perfect! I love the love heart idea, I've missed the last 3 Mac Tweets but am going to really try and fit this months in. x

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  20. So adorable. What a clever, but easy idea!

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  21. A M A Z I N G Linda...just simply amazing! Love what you did with the challenge. WOW!! Thank you for sharing the love at MacTweets!

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  22. Great idea to personalize the macarons with a message just for your loved ones. Adore the pink polka-dot background paper, too. :-)

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