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Lavender Macarons




A year ago blogs were full of images of Macarons, you couldn't open a web page without being hit by pastel shades and images of Paris.

By the power of Google i chose this recipe as the comments made it seem foolproof. All those cookery books, and i still google for recipes.

They aren't easy to make.

Mine are grainy.

I substituted normal sugar for lavender sugar, and added a lavender syrup to the butter cream filling. They taste and have the texture of Laduree's finest, but look like they have a blight, some look like iced gems.

Then last night, Raymond Blanc declared it can take 10 years to perfect the macaron.

I have decided it is easier to marry Raymond.

13 comments:

Bethany said...

I liked the bit at the beginning when Raymond declared he would like a little chap (presumably a child) to bake by his side. An adorable image.

flwrjane said...

From far across the ocean, they look perfect.

xo Jane

kelly said...

on a slight tangent...i once saw a girl with hair that colour and it looked beautiful in a non-punky way.

i would love to try one of your creations. i think we have to keep on keeping on with the path to perfection. and at least it's nice to eat the trials along the way.

imagine the feast and flowers at yours and raymond's do!! x

Mother Hen said...

They look fantastic and even Iced Gems are very nostalgic in this family. La Grandmere will love them today on her 88th birthday although we are starting with champagne at 3 pm so cannot guarantee that she will be totally compis mentis for the second bottle by the time you arrive. Regarding Monsieur Blanc....it is the twinkly eyes and charisma that do it for me everytime xxx

Urbanstems said...

Miss P.. they do look gorgeous. Lorraine Pascale made them recently on her show Baking made easy too! My pal sent this to me last week. Munch into your macaroons and watch and weep!!..Sinead

http://www.laduree.fr/en/reve/zoom

Poppy said...

They look beautiful and yummy to me.

Lou xxx

Jenny at Red House said...

Have you proposed to Raymond yet? you made me laugh! jennyx

Primchick said...

I love the fact the good old Raymon-di-o has been living in Blighty for years... yet his French accent is sooo... well... French...!! :0P

domestikated said...

Oh! They look fabulous. Be confident!

Jenny Rudd said...

hey my love
I just read your post about red lipstick. Here in Mt Maunganui if you want to fit in then lip gloss is the only way to go. I have taken to wearing this make-up palette: red lipstick (a Bourgeois one whose name has been rubbed off) and black mascara. C'est tout. I find it suits any outfit and sport my red lips with pride. Only last night I teamed them with gold jeans and a black vest top (it's summer over here). Love your blog, it just oozes Englishness and that is exactly what I crave 12000 miles away. love Jenny xx

Mrs T-J said...

Miss P they look like perfection to me and I'm sure Grandma was bowled over by them! xxx

Urban Plant said...

Mmmmm i wish i could taste one! They look irresistible

Dee said...

Crikes, macaroons are the hardest. I once had a complete 1950s housewife meltdown over an attempt to cook a batch. Mine turned out as green crumbly biscuits. Yours look lovely! V much enjoying your blog. I, too, love a hound (my parent's wolf) and your shop looks like magic. Really hope to get an opportunity to visit one day. Perhaps for flower school...