Flavoring macarons

A neighbor and I are having a baking day at my house on Wednesday and we're trying our hand at the ever so trendy macaron for the first time. Making a lemon curd or chocolate version seems straightforward enough, but we wanted to make some strawberry ones for her 4 year old twins. It would seem we simply add a drop of red food coloring to the batter to make it pink, but how to make strawberry buttercream? Add preserves? Also - tips on making pistachio flavored ones? I'm going to make some black sesame ones with Yuzu buttercream for the grownups.

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gulenay
gulenay March 21, 2011

I love macarons blue ones i think their blueberries

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littleknitter
littleknitter March 21, 2011

Strawberry preserves seem like the way to go for the buttercream since they'll be less watery than actual strawberries.

Here's a recipe for pistachio and cacao nib macarons:
http://www.tarteletteblog.com/2010/12/recipe-pistachio-cocoa-nib-macarons.html
Tartelette substitutes some of the almond meal for ground up pistachios for the pistachio flavor.

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Laura Minkler
Laura Minkler March 21, 2011

stephanie over on dessertsforbreakfast.com seems to be both a fiend and a pro at macarons... and particularly with interesting flavors!

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