This has been a fun and busy year and I am so relieved to have finally handed in the last proofs of my upcoming new book. Let’s hope Waverley Books are happy with it as it has been an absolute marathon!
I’ve been so lucky to have you popping in to say hello or sharing in the fun on Mad About Macarons, either here on le blog or on Facebook. And most of all, thank you for buying my book (I guess I can say it’s my first, can’t I?) I have loved hearing from you via book reviews and from the Readers’ Forum.
This is a good time to give a short round-up of desserts from le blog that are perfect for this time of year – and also ideal to serve with your macarons!
Whether it’s the most wicked of dark chocolate cakes, the tangiest of lemon tarts or the creamiest of riz au lait or rice pudding, desserts during the holiday season just love that extra je ne sais quoi: Parisian macarons!
If it’s lighter desserts you’re looking for, what about this roasted caramelised pineapple with vanilla and passion fruit recipe. Serve with exotic fruit macarons or what about chocolate, coconut and passion fruit macarons? All from the book.
If you don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen but fancy some quick and tasty no-bake chocolate desserts, then what about some black forest chocolate puddings, chocolate orange creams or chocolate & candied chestnut cups? What’s more, they are handy egg yolk recipes, so that you can save your egg whites for making macarons a few days later.
Since it’s perfect pear season, why not poach some firm, comice pears in coffee and serve with chocolate-moka macarons? Here’s the recipe for vanilla and coffee poached pears.
Like Amelie Poulin, for crème brûlée dessert lovers who are addicted to cracking the ice-rink of sugar with your spoon, any chocolate – or chocolate-whisky – macarons are happy holiday partners. Try chocolate-passion fruit crème brûlées or whisky toffee frozen crème brûlées.
Funnily enough, Antoine seems to eat more ice cream when it’s cold outside than any other time of year. I don’t think that’s completely French somehow, but a lemon ice cream (served with lemon macarons or tutti-frutti, for example), candied fruit or Plombières (no churn) ice cream, or pistachio-vanilla-wasabi ice cream (served with pistachio macarons) can certainly be a refreshing end to any festive meal. My favourite at this time of year has to be the vanilla and chestnut ice cream, served with vanilla macarons or coffee macarons.
I couldn’t talk about desserts without mentioning one of our favourite macarons: rose. These are delicious served with a white chocolate mousse with orange blossom and rose, pistachio panna cottas, or red fruit bavarois desserts. Before we know it, Valentine’s Day will be upon us!
And don’t forget the savoury macarons that have their very own chapter in the book!
Here are some suggested festive starters or appetisers that can give your guests the oh-la-la with some mini mad macs!
Recipe for Spiced Pumpkin and Leek Soup.
Before you go, let me show you some peppermint creams I made this week – quite by accident!
As you’ve noticed on le blog, I’ve been rolling rather a lot of snowballs and mini Christmas puddings lately. Well, as I was making more Scottish Macaroon Bar Snowballs, I ran out of coconut. As the fondant centres were just looking up at me, saying ‘Cover me!’, I quickly added a few drops of peppermint essence (or oil) to the melted chocolate and as soon as the chocolate hardened, these peppermint creams just vanished! I guess Julie and Lucie liked them…
I shall definitely be making more of these soon. Homemade peppermint creams are super – none of these E numbers in the ingredients – just sugar, potato (yes, you heard me right), good dark chocolate and peppermint!
A huge thank you et merci beaucoup to all of you for following and sharing in the fun on le blog. Have a wonderful festive season and I so look forward to sharing many more treats – and big news – on the blog in 2015! I’m off to get packed. Exceptionally, I’ve closed comments since I won’t have access to the website or emails but I’ll be hanging out as usual on Instagram and Facebook, my lovelies. See you soon x
In the meantime, wishing you all the happiest and healthiest 2015!