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Merry macarons for the holidays!

Merry Christmas!  As you read this, you’ll be hoping that Neil and I arrived in Vancouver in one piece, having had to take four different flights (2 each, so separate) to get there, despite the fact that we booked these flights over 9 months ago.  And to think we thought Christmas Day would be a great and quiet time to travel… We’re headed out to dinner at The Sylvia Hotel with Neil’s mum for the best kind of Christmas dinner – one cooked by someone else ;)

My present to you, dear readers, is this post. I am so thankful that this was the year where I learned to finally make successful macarons time and time again, courtesy of Stella’s wonderful recipe/ method (How to make macarons – tips and tricks is detailed here). Thankful that when I decide that I want to make macarons, I don’t have to do the “pray for feet” ritual (well, not much, anyway!).  For Christmas, I made plain green shells and filled them with vanilla buttercream…

Red shells speckled with a tiny bit of candy cane dust, also filled with vanilla buttercream…

And (for me) the pièce de résistance – white shells with just enough candy cane dust that they didn’t collapse. Filled with white chocolate ganache (2/4 cup cream, heated until nearly boiling, poured over 350g white chocolate chips – then you stir until smooth and refrigerate until it’s pipeable) into which I sprinkled more of the (very fine) candy cane dust which gave it a light green hue. Mmmm. These were GOOD!

I’m looking forward to more macaron adventures in 2012 but am so happy to end the year on a positive mac note (errr, unlike last year when we had sloppy “tired and emotional” macs)

I hope your holiday season is fabulous – filled with family, food and friends.  I wish I could send you all some of my macarons as a way of saying “thanks for reading” :)

This post takes part in the final Mactweets of 2011!

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40 Responses to Merry macarons for the holidays!

  1. Liz December 25, 2011 at 09:32 #

    Merry Christmas, Mardi!!! Hope your flights are uneventful! And that your holidays are as beautiful as your macarons…Merry Christmas, my friend!

  2. Cher December 25, 2011 at 20:07 #

    Merry Christmas, Mardi!
    Safe travels.
    These are absolutely beautiful. I am glad you found your feet! :-)

  3. Mr. Neil December 25, 2011 at 21:17 #

    And I hope to bring everyone more bloody adventures in meat – followed by the requisite glass of good wine.

    Eat, drink, and be merry!

  4. Barbara December 25, 2011 at 23:37 #

    Beautiful Christmas macarons.Merry Christmas Mardi.

  5. ck December 26, 2011 at 02:36 #

    That’s a lot of work, doing macs in so many colours. They look beautiful and gorgeous photographs. I am wondering where ‘The Mickey’ mac is though?! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, Neil and Cleo.

  6. Lora December 26, 2011 at 11:38 #

    Very beautiful Christmassy macarons Mardi. Happy holidays!

  7. Joan Nova December 26, 2011 at 18:50 #

    I’m not a macaron fan but this post is absolute eye candy…pinning!

  8. Confessions of a Culinary Diva December 26, 2011 at 18:56 #

    So festive for the holidays! I’ve been wanting to try making macarons, and have been a little fearful of the unknown. Thanks for sharing this! Hopefully I can become an expert like you by next Christmas.

  9. Lizzy (Good Things) December 26, 2011 at 18:59 #

    Oh, deliciousness!

  10. Geoff December 26, 2011 at 22:42 #

    Great end to the year, Mardi. Lovely pics too.
    You’ve set the bar high for 2012.

  11. Ann December 27, 2011 at 00:15 #

    Stunning! Enjoy your Christmas visit and Happy New Year!

  12. Jill Colonna December 27, 2011 at 03:03 #

    All the best to you, Mardi, and enjoy your holiday in Vancouver. Cheers to many more of your beautiful macs in 2012!

  13. Chez Us December 27, 2011 at 08:28 #

    Happy Holidays to you as well my friend! Lovely macarons and I am sure they were delicious!
    Safe travels. XO

  14. Purabi Naha December 27, 2011 at 09:19 #

    Wow, these macarons sound delicious! Must give these a try!

  15. Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 27, 2011 at 11:17 #

    Belated Merry Christmas :) I love love LOVE these macarons they look perfect and I love they’re the perfect colours for XMAS :) Hope you’ve recovered from the flights~

  16. kitchenarian December 27, 2011 at 20:16 #

    Beautiful macarons. Merry Christmas!

  17. Lisa | Dust with Flour December 28, 2011 at 10:29 #

    Mardi:
    I love the photos in this post. Very nicely done!
    -Lisa

  18. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 2, 2012 at 20:27 #

    These are gorgeous! Love the festive macarons.

  19. penny aka jeroxie January 6, 2012 at 08:41 #

    Beautiful merry christmas to you and it seems you have a great time in Vancouver

  20. RollerScrapper January 7, 2012 at 20:23 #

    Very merry indeed! I love the speckled ones and the photo on such a crisp backdrop with the smashed candy cane bits!

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