With Valentines Day coming up next week, I was inspired to bake some heart shaped macarons.
I topped off some Vanilla Bean Buttermilk Cupcakes and Hazelnut Buttercream icing with some of the heart shaped macarons. Such confections are really perfect for gifting to friends and family on Valentine's Day
m a c a r o n r e c i p e
(from les petits macarons book)
1 1/4 packed cups of almond flour
3/4 packed cups of confectioners' sugar
pinch of fine sea salt
3/4 cups of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of aged egg whites (4 eggs)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 drops of food coloring gel (pink or red)
v a n i l l a b e a n i c i n g r e c i p e
(from Eva Bakes)
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract (this helps maintain the bright white color)
1 ½ pounds (24 ounces or 3 cups) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-6 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
Are you baking anything special for Valentine's day?
Hope you are having a great week-end!