Rose and lavender macarons are airy, sweet cookies filled with delicious buttercream. These adorable pink and purple bites will be sure to make Mama smile. And don't miss that Silpat giveaway!
Mother’s Day is by far one of my very favorite holidays. You may be thinking, "Really? Christmas, Thanksgiving, sure ... but Mother’s Day?" I don’t get to sleep in or get overly pampered, but I do get showered with extra love, kisses, cards and flowers. It’s a special day where everyone shows those special ladies in their life a little extra attention and acknowledges all that moms do every day. These are some of my favorite things, but the number one thing that makes Mother’s Day a top holiday for me is brunch.
Every year I host a brunch for the moms in my life to make sure that they relax and get a little something extra special this day. I show people that I love them through food so Mother’s Day brunch is spread of foods make with love. I like to make a variety of things like my fresh tomato quiche. Herbed eggs with cheese and fresh tomatoes baked in a flaky crust that’s perfect for brunch!
I also enjoy serving a light cocktail, muffins and balsamic fruit salad is a simple way to incorporate fresh fruit to the spread. But my favorite thing to add to a brunch made just for Mom is a little something sweet. Nothing too over the top or rich, just something bite-size sweet. French macarons fit this requirement perfectly and make brunch a little more special. Have you ever made them before? I can remember being intimidated by these fancy cookies - but today, I’ve got you covered thanks to the Silpat Macaron Kit.
This all-in-one has everything you need to easily make beautiful, dainty macarons in your own kitchen. A pastry bag, gel food colors, piping tips and recipes from master pastry chef, Fancois Payard. But my favorite thing in this kit is the special Silpat. Do you see all those little circles on the sheet? Those circles mean that you will have perfect, uniform macarons each time you make them. Thanks to the nonstick power of Silpat, you’ll have no trouble removing your macaron shells at all. Having a Silpat macaron baking sheet also means they’ll each be baked perfectly with consistent results each time. This thing is awesome!
In addition to this helpful kit, here are a few pointers that I consider most important if this is your first time making French macarons.
1) You MUST weigh your ingredients. You cannot scoop, you cannot eyeball or approximate. So break out your kitchen scale.
2) Be sure to scrape around the entire 360 degrees of you bowl well a few times as you make the macaron batter. You want all your meringue to be incorporated.
3) Always give your baking trays a couple of good firm whacks on a flat surface to release air bubbles before you put them in the oven.
Thanks to this nifty kit, this year for our Mother’s Day brunch I’ll be serving two pretty macarons to the moms in my life inspired by the floral bouquets each of us get each year. The first are Rose Macarons filled with smooth buttercream. The addition of rose water adds floral notes that are light and sweet. Next, I made Lavender Honey Macarons. I love gently using lavender in baked goods which is balanced so nicely by honey buttercream filling. Whether you enjoy one or both versions of these macaron recipes, your sure to impress Mom and make her feel very special this Mother’s Day.
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