I tried another recipe for French Macarons. This time I made a batch of Raspberry Macarons and they are just as delicious as they look. I made them from a recipe I found at PastryPal.com. Irina, at PastryPal .com decided to go to pastry school after a career in advertising. She worked in several restaurants in New York City and has some delicious recipes posted at her website.
She also put together a WONDERFUL tutorial on how to make macarons and she called it Master the Macaron. You can download it for FREE!! Simply go to her site at PastryPal.com and look for the sign up and link for the tutorial on the sidebar of her site. Enter your first name and email address and the link will be emailed to you. It has her recipe for macarons, step by step instructions, gorgeous photos, and great ideas for flavor and fillings.
I used red paste food color to get these a pretty pink color to match the raspberry flavor I wanted to make. I added 1/4 tsp of almond extract for extra flavor but I read somewhere that you can buy raspberry extract so I am going to look for that for next time.
My plan was to fill the macarons with vanilla ganache and raspberry jam. I ended up drizzling the ganache across the tops instead of using it for a filling because the cookie tops were sliding off the bottoms when I used both for a filling. In the end I filled the cookies with raspberry jam and drizzled with the ganache. The combination of the two made for some delicious but very sticky on your fingers cookies. :) I have them stored in the refrigerator to help firm them up.
So pretty and so delicious. This recipe made for a crisper outside to the macaron and they are a bit chewy too. So good! I am giving you fair warning…I have a new recipe book devoted to macarons ordered and it is on the way. So between the Master the Macaron tutorial I mentioned earlier in this post and my new book, I see lots and lots of macarons and macaron blog posts in my future. :)