Mactweets: “Vacarons”

This month’s Mactweets theme is “Macinspirational” and Jamie and Deeba challenged us to “combine or integrate macarons into any dessert, making it a new part of an old favorite, or turn our macarons into our favorite dessert, inspired in flavor, texture, color.”

Well right now, pretty much the only thing on my mind is: “Where the heck did my vacation go?”  Along with “Do I really need to make a dessert after the heady holiday season in December?”.  So my macs this month are pure and simple, inspired by the flavours of my all-too-short vacation: Vacarons, if you like…  Last month’s macs were a sloppy, tipsy mess and I wanted to keep things simple with a plain macaron shell which I coloured with “champagne” coloured powdered food colouring (who could resist that, right?) and filled, first with lime buttercream, because in Mexico, limes are served with everything. And, in fact, go with everything!

Look – shiny tops and feet!  I did the happy dance! (actually coming out of the oven, they had kind of wet looking tops even though they were baked enough. I have found that letting them sit a couple of days and dry out helps their appearance a lot)

The second third of the batch, I filled with a coconut buttercream into which I mixed a little coconut for texture. Because coconut always screams “vacation” to me…

VERY pleased with how these ones came out. Smooth, shiny tops, feet, filling that stayed put and not drippy – what more can you ask for.  Of course, the only month when it probably wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t turn out because, as we all know, failed macs are perfect to combine in all sorts of desserts… Sigh.  Next month, I might get it right!

And the final third of the batch?  Well stay tuned. I piped them in different shapes and they will appear here soon…

55 thoughts on “Mactweets: “Vacarons””

  1. Oh, you are back on a roll, baby! Beautiful macs and I love the vacation flavors. I’m inspired!!! So glad you MacBake with us every month!

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  2. I want so badly to make macarons, but I just don’t think I have the patience. These are some of the best I’ve seen in the blogosphere! Every time I see one of these mactweets posts I get closer and closer to trying to make them. Maybe I’m just going to have to breakdown and give it a try. Worst that happens is they suck, right?

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  3. I can’t help myself….’She put the Lime in the Coconut’ is now playing in my head so it’s only fair you should have the same!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9OqUuA6a0

    Nice looking macs; I suppose one day I should get back on this horse…my tush is about over the last foray I took and fell on it, hard. 🙂

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  4. These sound so good, the lime flavor one sounds delicious! I just made macarons for the first time, and they actually turned out, YAY ME:) Now I can’t wait to make different flavors of them, this blog is very inspiring for me:)
    Take care,
    Terra

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  5. Loved your vacation inspired macarons! It’s so true… it just feels like something is missing when you sit down for a meal in Mexico and there aren’t any limes around. 🙂

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  6. Beautiful mac’s – a skill I have yet to master!!! I am with you – I miss the limes !!! I think we need to go to Mexico, don’t you? I mean, it’s possible that they are no longer serving limes with everything and I think we should go back and check.. you know, just to make sure????

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  8. What a great idea, having just been on vacation I’ve got to admit its hard to walk past places that tempt the taste buds with richly coloured Macs 🙂 These look pretty tempting 🙂

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  9. Doing the happy feet dance for you too Mardi…WOOT! Those are some inspired macarons, and PRETTY too! I love the idea of VACARONS! Just brilliant.

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  10. Macarons are such a challenge to make, aren’t they?!?! But your “vacarons” turned out nice. You are right about limes being in most Mexican dishes! Love the vibrant lime green buttercream and the colors you chose in your inspired desserts.

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