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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

May's Classic French Round Up: Macarons

I am so pleased to have hosted this month's Classic French challenge for Jen over at Blue Kitchen Bakes, and even more so to see all the amazing flavours of macarons that have been submitted. I picked macarons as a theme because the flavours can be so versatile, but I don't think I expected the range of flavours and colours that I am about share! Stand back for a rainbow coloured feast for the eyes! 

Lavender and White Chocolate Macarons

I kicked off the challenge this month with Lavender and White Chocolate Macarons, using the new Taste the Difference Lavender infused Sugar from Sainsbury's and pairing the flavour with a white chocolate ganache centre. They were delicate and floral, and although not entirely perfect that really didn't matter to my tasters.

Kransekake - Marzipan Macarons

Next up was Choclette over at Chocolate Log Blog, who entered these unusual Marzipan Macarons, or Kransekake. Although Scandinavian in origin, these gorgeous looking biscuits are full of almonds, marzipan and egg whites, (not to mention covered in chocolate) and that makes them good enough for me!

Limoncello Macarons

Our next entry was Limoncello Macarons from Caroline from Caroline Makes. The very mention of Limoncello had my mouth-watering before I'd even opened the post, and the addition of a White Chocolate ganache filling makes these one of my favourite flavour combinations.

Double Raspberry Macarons

Lucy of Supergolden Bakes left me speechless with the photography of her gorgeous Double Raspberry Macarons, which her little boy affectionately calls 'macaroonies' and even has a little dance for! I'd be dancing if someone offered me one of these exquisite looking treats too! I love the decorative sprinkles...

Rhubarb and Vanilla Macarons

Next up were these bright pink beauties from Michelle at Utterly Scrummy, beautifully coloured pink and filled with a Rhubard and Vanilla Jam, I bet these flavours worked incredibly together, the Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam alone sounds delicious!

Vanilla and Blueberry Macarons

Janine at Cake of the Week entered these lovely golden Vanilla and Blueberry Macarons, which have a vanilla flavoured shell, and a bold blue blueberry swiss meringue buttercream filling that looks exquisite, they're just like little jewels!

Chocolate Macarons

It's A Fine Life entered these beautiful Chocolate Macarons, with a simple whipped cream filling. They were chilled for 24 hours before eating, which shows an amazing amount of will power, and we are assured that they were well worth the wait!

Chocolate Dipped Mango Macarons

Gill from Tales of Pigling Bland submitted these amazingly posh sounding Chocolate Dipped Mango Macarons, with a gorgeous homemade Mango Curd filling. The half dipped dark chocolate  case looks fantastic too.

Earl Grey Macarons

Our next entry was from Elizabeth at A Girl In Her Kitchen, and she made these incredibly elegant Earl Grey Macarons, filled with an Earl Grey infused Ganache! This was the first time Elizabeth had made or even eaten a macaron, and they look just beautiful - what a great flavour choice!

Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons

Jen, our Classic French creator from Blue Kitchen Bakes hadn't attempted Macarons before either, and has entered these Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons, always a winning flavour combination! Jen proved true the saying 'if at first you don't succeed' with these great looking macarons, you'll have to head over to her post for the full story!

Thank you so much to everyone for taking part this month, it has been an absolute pleasure to host the challenge and I am totally inspired and in awe of the amazing entries that have come in. Don't forget to head over to Jen's blog to find out the theme for June's Classic French challenge


  1. Thanks for being such a wonderful host for the Classic French challenge :)

    1. Thanks Jen, how amazing are these entries! It's been a pleasure ;-) x

  2. Beautiful, just beautiful! All of them, I want to eat them, right now! I'm so vexed I missed out on this challenge this month, but I do have a recipe bookmarked for the future. :)

    1. Gorgeous aren't they! Really looking forward to seeing yours though when you're back on your feet :-) xx

  3. Can I please come along and take a sneaky one of each to try? They all look so good and there are such wonderful flavours too. Thanks for the round-up.

    1. I think that's the way forward for these recipe challenges you know! Samples to all participants! :-)


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