Friday, July 29, 2011

Blackberry Macaron with Meyer Lemon Buttercream

Yeah, I’m on Macaron “madness” lately, LOL.  Seems like a lot of the sweet recipes that I posted lately involved Macarons.  What can I say, these Blackberry Macaron with Meyer Lemon Buttercream are my latest creation and they got me my very first “paid” Macarons order after a “taste test”.  Open-mouthed smile

No doubt that I’m happy to receive my very first Macaron order (without any advertising or marketing efforts); I’m actually more thrilled that someone appreciate and loves my creations.  Smile It really makes me happy if my products can put a smile on someone's face.

Ha…I guess it’s about time to promote and advertise my products here then!  Smile with tongue out  It really made me want to start a little home bakery and share all kinds of baked goods with more people out there.  Shall I?  Will you purchase from me if you live in my area?  What should I include in my bakery?  Leave me a comment and let me know, would you?  I really want to get your feedback before I get my feet too wet!  LOL.  Thank you and I truly appreciate your supports!


Blackberry Macaron with Meyer Lemon Buttercream: Printable Recipe
Makes: 30 to 35 filled macarons

For the macaron shells:
90 grams egg whites (about 3) preferably aged 3-5 days in the fridge
pinch of kosher salt
30 grams granulated sugar
185 grams powdered sugar
110 grams almonds
8 grams Thrive freeze dried blackberries
A pinch of powdered purple food coloring (optional)

To Prepare the macarons:
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and salt on high, gradually add the sugar until stiff peak forms.

Place the almonds, powdered sugar, blackberries and food coloring (if using) in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely ground.  Add them to the meringue. Fold the mixtures carefully until you obtain a batter that falls back on itself after counting to 10. The whole process should not take more than 50 strokes. Test a small amount on a plate; if the tops flatten on its own, the batter is ready. If there is a small beak, give the batter a couple more turns.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip with the batter and pipe small rounds (1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter) onto parchment paper or silicone mats lined baking sheets. Preheat the oven to 280F. Let the macarons sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour to harden their shells a bit and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, depending on their size. Rotate baking pans once half way through baking.

Meyer Lemon Buttercream:
1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Zest of 1 Meyer Lemon
Juice of 1/2 a Meyer Lemon

In the bowl of a stand mixer or a heat proof bowl, add the sugar and egg whites together. Whisk constantly over a saucepan of simmering water. Keep whisking the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and place the bowl back to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat the meringue on medium high until it cools. Switch to the paddle attachment and add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, beating until smooth. Once all the butter is in, beat the buttercream until thick and very smooth, about 6-10 minutes. Add lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until well incorporated.  

To assemble:
Pipe or spoon about 1 tablespoon of butterceam in the center of one shell and top with another one.  Repeat until all shells are filled.

Note:  For more details and tips on making Macarons, please refer to this post here.

This recipe is shared with:

Sweets for Saturday
Everyday Sister Sharing Sunday
Melt in Your Mouth Mondays
On the Menu Monday


  1. Oh Amy, I believe you have created a masterpiece here!

  2. Your macarons are beautiful Amy! Congrats on your first order-have fun:@)

  3. Oh my! These sound and look so delicious. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your first order.

  4. I make macarons so I really appreciate how technically well done yours are. They are not easy to make, as any one who has ever attempted them well know. I love the blackberry and lemon buttercream combination.

  5. This is right up my alley! Looks amazing.

    ♥ sécia

  6. Mmmm! And beautiful too. Thanks for this one, I have to give it a try. Love lemon and sounds so good paired with blackberries.

  7. Yum! They look beautiful! Congrats on your first sale! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Congrats on your first sale! The combination of blackberry and lemon sounds fantastic and they look delicious too! I saw your link on Sweets for a Saturday. I posted my cherry-apricot crisp too if you'd like to check it out!

  9. Great job!!! Congrats!! I still need to try making these. The lemon and blackberry combine sounds delicious!!!

  10. These look lovely, brilliant flavour choice. X

  11. Beautiful Macs!!!!! And you have a great collection of recipes that makes me drool tooo :)

    p/s: Didn't knw you have a blog till i saw your profile photo :)

  12. Good for you! I say go for it! I have always wanted to do something like that, but have no idea who would buy lol I absolutely LOVE meyer lemon and never thought to pair it with blackberries. What a great marriage of flavors! Oh, and your macaron's look fantastic! They rose perfectly! No wonder someone paid you for an order!

  13. Congrats Amy on your first order! Love all your bakes and I definitely want to be your first customer if I'm near you :)

  14. Beautiful blackberry macarons!

  15. Beautiful macarons! And congrats on your first order, that's so cool!

  16. Wow! these look amazing! But then again, your recipes and food creations ALL look amazing! I wish that we lived nearby! Congratulations on your first order and Yay! for many, mnay more to come.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (...wanted to stop and say hi before the start of another work week...seems like I am always "catching up" :o)

  17. Your macarons look gorgeous!!! You are surely qualified to start a home bakery.

  18. Great job on these beautiful macarons! Congratulations on your first order! How exciting :)

  19. Your creations always put a smile on my face, Amy! These included!!! :)

  20. I'm not surprised that someone placed an order for your gorgeous macarons. They are as pretty as any in a Paris patisserie. Using freeze dried fruit is a brilliant idea and I can't wait to try it.

    Fantastic photos, Amy. Great post!

  21. These turned out beautiful! I love the blackberrry and lemon flavor combo!

  22. Amy, these look amazing!! I just LOVE Macarons!

    You are invited to come by to our blog for a CITRUS linky party. The link will be open all week until late on Saturday.


  23. Love the flavor combo. I have never tried adding berries to macaron shells. Thanks for sharing this idea. Must try soon.

  24. These are so beautiful. I love macarons. Congrats on your first order. You never know where it will take you. Joni

  25. Looks like you're the newest macaron queen, Amy! I would definitely buy from your bakery if I live nearby! All your cupcakes and macarons look divine!

  26. Macaroons are definitely everywhere right now. Yours look fantastic. Wonderful pictures as always!

  27. I have a secret crush on Macaroons! Yours are gorgeous and so impressed with that flavor combination explosion!
    I am usually not afraid to try anything and have wanted to make these for over a year! But, sadly have not... fear of Macaroon failure!
    So I will just dream of yours!
    Thank you for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY and bringing something we can ooh-la-la over!

  28. Your macarons DO put a smile on my face. Such a great flavor combo idea! :)

  29. macarons looks so pretty and loved your way of styling the blackberries. thanx for visiting us


  30. What a wonderful flavor combination! No wonder you got your first order with these. The Meyer Lemon Buttercream sounds wonderful!

  31. Gosh, these babies look simply awesome! Hmmm... wish that I can have a bite right now. Slurp....

  32. What a fantastic macaron flavor. I love that deep color. Thanks for linking it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  34. Those look like macaron my little nieces would love!!!!! Love all your creations Amy especially your chocolate crepes!! Josee. I had to post without my account somehow!! Thanks for your compliment on my Delightful Fruity Roulade! :)

  35. I love blackberries in summer. Wow, the flavor in a crisp, chewy macaron must be just total heaven.

  36. I dont know what I should say when I happen to find your great blog from a Google search. This blog is amazing! I'm from Vietnam where these sweet things are not quite popular but I love baking, so I have learned by myself. Your blog is truly my teacher from now on. Thanks for sharing :)

    Diem from Vietnam.

  37. Blackberry and lemon sound like a divine mixture of flavors. Can't wait to try this.

  38. I am obsessed with macarons!!!! I always thought that it would be too hard to event attempt at making these. But the combination of blackberries with lemon makes me want to try!

  39. So I've seen an amazing array of macaroons, they can pretty much be any flavor, right?

    1. Oh yeah. They are like a blank canvas and you can add any ingredient/flavoring combinations to make them unique. I preferred read ingredients instead of just flavorings though. You can totally taste the difference in the final product.