A sweet golden ray of sunshine?

It’s Springtime in Paris with Sunny Lemon Macarons!

It has been a long haul this chilly winter. In fact, I think it has rained since October, making it the longest hiver – more than I’ve ever known after living in Paris for 20 years, 3 months and 3 weeks. It’s my birthday today so I’m particularly 40-something sensitive in counting the years. It’s not the age, it’s the mileage, eh?
Although in France, we should be saying kilometres, rather than miles…

Ouf! Spring has sprung in Paris, enfin. What a pleasure it is to watch the first wasp of the year, buzzing amongst the tulips in the park and hearing the birds’ chattering singsongs in the morning and evening. And the sun… oh, the glorious sun; *bows*. Did we ever tell you just how much we missed you? With the sudden arrival of Printemps yellows and a family goûter this weekend, there was no question as to what macaron flavour needed whipping-up.

No sooner had the sun popped out, it took fright and hid behind a mass of stormy clouds – just as I was piping out the macaron batter into little rounds. Quoi? A hail storm? These hailstones look small but they’ve already melted in my palms!

Time to whip up some bright yellow lemon macarons

It had to be sunny yellow. If you’ve followed this blog back when the book first came out at the BBC Good Food Show, I made mimosa macarons just for you on le macaron blog, for something different. This time, it was simply good old plain – tart-yet-sweet – lemon. Nothing fancy; just tasty and agonisingly addictive.

A sweet golden ray of sunshine?

You know that euphoric feeling when you inhale the first sweet air of Spring? It was a magical sky on Sunday, not a cloud in sight – exactly as the weather is today. It’s that end-of-the-tunnel, feeling of relief with a natural energy boost that no supplements or extra fruit can really bring, is it? Now that is a lovely wee wink from la lune, n’est-ce pas?

Sun and the moon in Paris – ‘Macaron-style’!

Speaking earlier of miles vs kilometres, I’m seriously thinking of posting something about grams vs ounces. Does it really upset you when I – and other Europeans – post recipes in grams? Let’s be Frank, even if I’m still sticking to the name, Jill. More seriously, how many of you own digital scales? Tell me what you think.

Bonne semaine et vive le printemps!

P.S. The recipe for lemon meringue macarons is on page 41 of Mad About Macarons!

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  1. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Happy (very belated) Birthday! So you stay in Paris longer now… I’ll be at that point in 3 years. Feeling so strange. I feel like I’m right in the middle, don’t know which country I belong more. Your lemon macarons are so springy and I love the look. Now I’m ready to bite…. 😀

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  2. Gourmantine
    Gourmantine says:

    Happy belated birthday Jill and I wish you plenty of sunshine and happiness! 🙂

    p.s. on the matter of the scales, being European and all, I definitely have them, especially for baking purposes, but have recently started including cup measurements for US readers.

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  3. Liz
    Liz says:

    Katie loved her Parisian lemon meringue macs…and good to know the recipe is in your marvelous cookbook! We need something bright and sunny here since the weather is misbehaving! Sound like the perfect antidote!

    PS…yes, I own a kitchen scale..and I should definitely use it more!!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Misbehaving weather. Love it. Your words, anyway, Liz. In the UK it’s April showers but in France it happens in March, not end April! The sun is however helping, even if it’s not really warm yet. Hm. These kitchen scales need to be used more and help us in our sweet challenge between volume vs weight.

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  4. Jamie
    Jamie says:

    Ah, beautiful! I love the rue du Printemps next to the tulips. I open and read this post as I sit in hot, muggy Florida and you make me miss France. Husband said it was freezing in Nantes but I am hoping that it is warm and green when I get back home. And I have never made lemon macs but now I really must. Yours are perfect and tempting. I love everything lemon.

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Hot and muggy, Jamie? Why is life always greener on the other side? Sounds wonderful! You’ll find everything so sunny and green when you return, don’t worry. the horsechesnuts are out in a flash and it’s wonderful. Love lemon? You’ve got so much to do when you get back, you know. As if you have nothing better to do 😉

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  5. June S
    June S says:

    Love the “sweet golden ray of sunshine” photo. Wish I could taste them right now. Fond memories of the Good Food Show when Mad about Macarons arrived on the shelves. Was it only a year ago when you gave a demo at Glasgow’s “Aye Write”?

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      Toute à fait, Tony. Même les chauves-souris chez la voisine sont sortis – lovely to time of year to see the tortoises and even the bats finally come out to celebrate the change in the weather!

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      No need to wait for a stand mixer. I’ve been making macarons no problem LONG before I got a stand mixer and – truth be told – I still love my little electric hand mixer (read cheap!) that does the job just as well. So you can play before even rebuilding your kitchen, Joe.

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  6. Thomasina
    Thomasina says:

    Hope you are enjoying your birthday Jill. Looking at the rain outside I wish I could share your enthusiasm for spring. I’ve had to buy tulips and daffodils because I’m fed up waiting for the bulbs to flower. I do own digital scales and have made macarons 3 times with great success. Thank you for the inspiration to make lemon macs. Hopefully they will give me the end-of-the-tunnel feeling too.

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  7. claudine fraser
    claudine fraser says:

    mmm these look so good! I have been trying (and I mean trying really hard!!) to make macarons. I’ve purchased your book and read it from cover to cover, drooling. The first batch I ever made about a year ago were the best. My last three batches have had no feet when they came out of the oven. They tasted just ok, certainly not great. Any hints on what could be wrong? I realise, reading your notes it could be one of several things.
    Sent from half Scottish, half French woman living in Christchurch NZ. That could also be half mad!!! 😀

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    • Jill
      Jill says:

      As you say, Claudine, could be several things and so try concentrating on one aspect the next time – but sounds like your batter is runny and it could be your oven. I would say (not knowing more) that you need to beat your egg whites much more for a start. Read the comments on the Readers’ Forum. If you made them right the 1st time, there’s no reason the next. Sometimes, if all else fails, I’ve found that changing your egg whites helps, too. Just whip them well!

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