Meyer Lemon Creams, Meyer Lemon Macarons & a Giveaway!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meyer Lemon Cream & Meyer Lemon Macarons

I got to say, from my view point right this minute that I am a very relaxed and lucky gal. It's been months since I have had the ability to take a day and just chill. I happen to be sharing that feeling with a dozen other bloggers too. See, this weekend a few of us are attending the first Go Savor Culinary Retreat and we are all spending some quality time getting to know each other, share our blogging experiences and enjoy the beautiful Southern sun.

I was very fortunate to teach a workshop with Bill on artificial lighting last night, giving more options for folks who can only shoot at night. It was a very casual discussions and sharing of experiences, all facilitated by a good dinner and a few glasses of wine.

Meyer Lemons

This morning Tami and I taught a workshop on composition, food styling, choice of focal points, natural light sources, shooting tethered, etc... I absolutely *love* working with Tami. We don't even have to wonder or ask questions. It's very organic, calm, focused and efficient. We loved this session just from the sheer number of "ah doh" moment that many had. That was our goal: to provide sensible informations, techniques and tips that every one would be able to duplicate at home.

It's really quite an honor to be able to share something we love with others. If it works, great. If someone decides to do something else, great! The worst thing you can do is not even consider the possibility. Photography is a series of unplanned moments, possibilities you create as well as a series of coherent decisions. It feels good to be able to share a passion with others just as passionate and interested.

Meyer Lemon Cream

Same goes with baking and cooking. It is truly an honor to be sharing new recipes and ideas with you. Today it's a recipe for Meyer Lemon Cream and Meyer Lemon Macarons as well as the chance to win a super fun little new cookbook "Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe" by Cecile Cannone.


Yes, it's giveaway time! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog, one per person, no anonymous, until Monday March 14th at midnight. A winner will be picked at random by my lovely husband and announced on the following blog post.

Meyer Lemons

I really enjoyed the pocket size appearance of the book as well as all the recipes, techniques and troubleshooting suggestions Cecile offers for both Italian and French Meringue Macarons. I found lots of familiar ideas such as painted macarons and lollipop macarons but also a lot of new and interesting flavors such as gingerbread buttercream and apple cinnamon buttercream.

I followed Cecile's instructions for French meringue macarons and flavored the shells with Meyer lemon zest and filled them with my own filling of cream cheese flavored with more lemon and a touch of honey. The Meyer Lemon creams are so simple and refreshing, you'd wish you had them at every meal. Almost. Variety is key I know, but for a lemon lover like me, this lemon all around dessert tray was heaven! Why so much lemony goodness you might ask. I have to thank my friends Anita and Jeanne for sending me a bunch of fresh, California Meyer and pink lemons to feed my addiction.

Meyer Lemon Cream & Meyer Lemon Macarons

Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend! Spring is on its way...

Meyer Lemon Creams and Meyer Lemon Macarons:

Note: once the macarons are made, let them mature in the fridge at least 2 days prior to eating so the flavor and textures can meld together better.

For the creams:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
zest of one lemon
3 egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup lemon juice

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and egg yolks until pale. Slowly add the milk and whisk well.
Bring the mixture to boiling point in a heavy bottomed saucepan placed over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until thick. Remove from the heat and slowly add the lemon juice. Return to medium low heat for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Divide among ramekins or cup and place a piece of plastic wrap over each portions to prevent a skin from forming.

French Meringue Macarons, with permission of Ulysses Press.

Makes 50 to 60 shells, for 25 to 30 filled macarons.
2¾ cups (8.8 ounces/250 grams) almond flour
2¾ cups (12.4 ounces/350 grams)
powdered sugar
1 cup egg whites (from 7 or 8 eggs),
at room temperature
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons powdered egg whites, if weather is humid
¾ cup (5.3 ounces/150 grams) superfine granulated sugar
5 to 7 drops gel paste food coloring (optional) (I used 2 teaspoons lemon zest instead)

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 300°F (325°F for a non-convection oven), and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2: Blend the almond flour with the powdered sugar in your food processor to make a fine powder (or sift together, discarding any large crumbs and adding a bit more almond flour and powdered sugar as needed to compensate). Then sift the mixture through a strainer until it is as fine as you can get it. This keeps crumbs from forming on the macaron tops as they bake.

Step 3: With the wire whip attachment on the electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the salt and the powdered egg whites (if you are using them), starting slowly and then increasing speed as the whites start to rise. Add the granulated sugar and the food coloring. Beat until the egg whites form stiff peaks and your meringue is firm and shiny.

Step 4: Pour the beaten egg whites onto your almond flour mixture and gently fold them in, using a rubber spatula. Move your spatula from the bottom of the bowl to the edges with one hand, using your other hand to rotate the bowl. Now slap the sides of the bowl until the batter falls in a wide ribbon when you raise your spatula. When you can’t see any crumbs of almond flour and the mixture is shiny and flowing, you are ready to start piping.
The French have a special word—macaronner—to describe the physical action of mixing all the ingredients for macarons. This has to be done by hand. You cannot do it with your mixer—you must be able to feel the consistency of the macaron batter.
Step 5: Fit your pastry bag with a number 8 tip and fill with batter. Start by squeezing out a small amount of mix onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to form a 2½-inch circle. Be sure to leave 1 inch of space between macarons so they will not touch each other while they bake.
If the peak that forms on the top of the macaron does not disappear after piping, it means the batter could have been beaten a little more. Tap the baking sheet on the tabletop, making sure to hold the parchment paper in place with your thumbs.
Let the piped macarons rest for 15 minutes.

Step 6: Bake for 14 minutes at 300°F. After the first 5 minutes, open the oven door briefly to let the steam out.
Let the macarons cool completely on a rack before taking them off the parchment paper. Press the bottom of a cooled baked macaron shell with your finger; it should be soft. If the bottom of the shell is hard, reduce the baking time for the rest of your macarons from 14 minutes to 13 minutes.
Using a pastry bag requires some practice. It may seem awkward at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Prepare the bag (if it hasn’t been used before) by cutting about 2 inches off the narrow end—just enough so that when you insert a number 8 decorating tip, about a third of the tip extends outside the bag. Push the tip firmly in place and spoon in your filling, leaving enough room at the top to twist the bag shut. It is best to fill the bag with half of the batter at a time, that way it is not too heavy. To make it easier to fill your pastry bag, place it upright in an empty jar or other straight-sided container. This will help steady the bag while you fill it with batter.
Squeezing the bag slowly, pipe each macaron shell out in a single dollop. Lift the bag quickly to finish.

Cream Cheese Filling:
Juice and zest of one lemon
8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar

In bowl of electric mixer, beat the lemon zest, juice and cream cheese on low speed, until very smooth with no lumps. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth. Pipe or spoon about a tablespoon into the center of each macaron shell and top with another shell.

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Wendy said...

I have been obsessed with perfecting macaroons ever since I read about them on your post. I really think they are the hardest thing I have ever attempted! I would love to win this book for the expertise!
Wendy

nellimarie said...

I would love to get this cookbook, i have been aching to make some macaroons for such a long time, however my current apartment makes baking/cooking quite difficut...so i still have not attempted any. This would be great to give me a push!

NJE said...

These sound delicious!!

Araceli said...

Macarons.....uuuuhhhhmmmm! delicious!!!!!

Jenny said...

I have Meyer lemons on my counter right now, left over from the lemon squares I made recently, and macroons sound like a good idea for those lemons.

Lulu's Sweet Secrets said...

Gorgeous as always! I LOVE your blog!

KG3 said...

Asked for almonds for my birthday in hopes of catching a recipe I haven't tried yet. Currently cracking my eggs to get those whites separated and into the fridge so I can make the Meyer lemon macarons in three to four days, if I can wait that long. This recipe is not making me the world's most patient person.

Lori said...

I'm daunted by the macaron but so want to try. And love lemons as well, so may just have to jump & do it. Thanks for the lovely site. It never fails to bring calm, beauty & inspiration. Nice in a crazy world.

Erin said...

I love Meyer lemons and I love mararons. Yum!

Carolyn said...

I just finished hand brushing pollen on the stamens of Meyer lemon blossoms sitting in my north window. I may not have Meyer lemons to use until next year, but I certainly look forward to using them with your recipe. Thank you for the cookbook giveaway and for your insights on food photos--your recipes are awesome!

Leeann said...

I love your mac recipes and have been successful making them. Even though I don't have Meyer lemons, the lemons on my tree are very sweet and mild and I will be making these tomorrow! Thanks!

Regina said...

Wow those macaroons and lemon cream looks delicious I too am a lemon lover and I can't wait to try these!

charlottesvillesybarite said...

Ohhh, I anticipate the Meyer lemon season every year. Of course I picked up a bag when I spotted them for the first time this year at the grocery store. The perfect beginning for spring. Thanks for sharing!

Serena said...

macarons! :)

srodriguez said...

I have always wanted to make macaroons, but was to afraid to try. Maybe this cookbook will help me get over my fear. Also those lemon creams look amazing. Perfect for the dreary spring days we are getting up north.

RecetasMaria said...

I discovered this blog through Bakerella.com and I felt in love with it !! I am reading all your recipes and I love them all. Thank you for all the information you give us, all the time you take to write this blog and for all the BEAUTIFUL pictures !! THANK YOU (again) :)

Topher said...

Mmmm...lemon. Thanks!


Chris M.

zekks at yahoo dot com

Anastasia said...

Everything looks so delicious! I've been wanting to learn how to make macarons for a while now. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Jessa said...

I just bought some gorgeous meyers yesterday! Looks like I know what I'm doing with them now.

I too am a meyer lemon addict, and am fortunate enough to live in a place where they are easy to get Bay Area, CA). I still never seem to have enough of them, though!

Nina said...

I`ve wanted to make macaroons for a long time.. The book would make it so easy to give it a go :)

Shanda said...

I love lemons! Lemon anything!

Jan said...

wow! can't wait to make these... look delish!

L.Q. said...

A workshop on food styling? That sounds absolutely lovely! I would love to try out some new food styling with this new cookbook.

berry lovely said...

I love Meyer Lemons, unfortunately I haven't seen them here in Germany yet. When I still lived in Canada I made some Meyer Lemon Curd, which was really good. As always your pictures are stunning and a great inspiration. Thank you.

Karine Keldany said...

Yummy... have to try this recipe. I am a lemon and citrus addict as well. There is something so special in sour desserts that is so appealing.

By the way, any chance you will ever visit Montreal and teach a course here. We lack food photography courses. It would be awesome to finally meet you.

Thanks for the recipe. Mille merci.

Me said...

... Meyer lemons ready on my counter to try the cream and macarons this morning - just peeked at "Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe" by Cecile Cannone and all of these - yours and hers - are gluten free!!!

robin said...

Absolutely love lemon recipes!

En Amour said...

Stunning photos, as usual! I've been planning to take the plunge into the world of Macaron-making sometime soon, and this Meyer lemon flavour sounds absolutely fabulous.

Sarah T said...

I have never actually had a macaron. I want desperately to make them, every variety you have on your blog, but I'm worried about messing them up.

fishy.delishey said...

Those macaroons look dreamy - thanks for sharing! And a whole cookbook of macaroons would be quite a lovely thing to work ones way through. :)

sarah said...

I can't wait to make these! I love lemons and I love macaroons... perfection is sure to be had from this!

Kathryn said...

I made my first batch of macarons yesterday. They weren't perfect, but they were delicious. I'm inspired to keep trying until they are as beautiful as yours!

katybug said...

The pictures are wonderful and the cream cheese filling sounds yummy!

WYC said...

Your photos and recipes are such an inspiration for the soul. Thank you.

Hannah said...

I am very envious of you going to a retreat, it sounds wonderful. As do the macarons!

abby said...

that cookbook sounds amazing! i loved your photographs!

fleurgirls said...

They look like little sunshines! Can wait to try this recipe - thanks! -Jeanne

Marata said...

I tried making one of your Macaron recipes last week. LOL They came out like pancakes and ran into each other. Everyone loved what I made but they didn't know what they were supposed to be. I think I need to practice a few more times. Love your blogs and beautiful photos.

Cecily said...

I love meyer lemons and they have just started to arive in the stores. I think I will have to try these recipes. They sound so good.

Trudi S. said...

I love your pictures, and the food looks so delicious!

Katie said...

Macarons are the new cupcake!

Ann said...

One of the things on my Bucket List is to visit every one of Pierre Hermes' macaron shops in Paris. I love macarons, I love lemons. These must be fantastic!

kimikimi said...

I would love to win this cookbook. I've seen more & more macarons in stores.

beaudrillard said...

I'm a recent convert to the gluten-free regime, and I love macarons! Thank you for your beautiful website, which has reassured me that life can still be lovely and delicious without gluten.

nawrockifamily said...

These sound so fun! :-)

Rebecca said...

These are making the last couple of days of winter even more unbearable! Beautiful pictures.

Isa said...

What a perfect gluten-free sweet treat! Merci Hélène! What happens if you use egg whites that haven't been in the fridge for several days?

Julie G. said...

I recently spent my birthday trying macarons at French bakeries around Atlanta. I'm intimidated by the process but would love to learn how to make these treats myself!

luisa said...

me encanta tu post la luz que tienen las fotos. Y la receta. Los macarons estupendos.

Cat said...

I just started making macarons properly. So excited for this giveaway!

klaudias said...

this made me very hungry. It sounds and looks delicious! :)

Amy Terral said...

I never, EVER, go to France without buying quite a few macarons! Thanks for the opportunity to see how to make them...yum!

Marion said...

I have made only once before, but this recipe is SO much easier to follow. Thank you for sharing. Definitely will make these!
And the cookbook..well, I wouldn't be posting if I did not want it, wouldn't I.
:)

bell said...

Wow, with the amount of comments I had to scroll through to make to the comment box, I can only hope that it's just random enough for me to be chosen - I'm dying for macaron success...it's about time! Either way, it's worth commenting on what a gloriously beautiful combination is made when your cooking meets your photography and styling. I only wish I could do one of your workshops, maybe in the future it'll be possible!

Cindy Ruth said...

Time to go to the store and buy some Meyer lemons! Looks delicious. Would love to win the book.

Ainnl said...

I was just planning on making a lemon curd...maybe lemon creme will be a good choice instead.

Guadalupe Zimmermann said...

I love your Blog. Thanks for your recipes and for the giveaway!
Greetings from Germany

Holly @ Recipes from a Normal Mum said...

Beautiful. And my I have macaron envy. I have been trying to perfect my macarons for a few week. They're so temperamental!

Joni said...

Perfect. I even have a bunch of meyer lemons sitting in a bowl on my counter right now, waiting for the right idea.

siasforsweets@q.com said...

I am hoping that Bill will choose my comment! I am intrigued by the macrons on the sticks you were referring too! Also, the gingerbread recipe sounds delish! Love to receive the book! Have a lovely week! siasforsweets@q.com

lo81 said...

I love macarons!

Jen said...

I ADORE Meyer lemons!! And macarons! <3 the post.

Kay said...

Mmm.. these macarons look amazing. As always!!

Brooke said...

I always love making macaroons and this recipie sounds incredible! Off to the kitchen I go!

Cecilia said...

Another lovely macaron recipe I'd love to try out! I have not gathered enough courage, though, so the book would be a much needed push.
Many thanks for your recipes, warm words & photos!
Cecilia

Wiosanna said...

I just love your shots, they are so beautiful

Nana Rogers said...

Oh YUM!!!! I love lemon... and I have been seeing so many people making Macarons, I can't wait to try these. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.
And for the offer of such a wonderful giveaway. I know whoever wins will be thoroughly pleased.
April

Sara said...

Lovely macarons...I love lemon cookies! :)

emilylynette said...

looks wonderful! what a refreshing way to jump start my spring!

Patricia Scarpin said...

You know how crazy about lemons I am, sweetie! These are right up my alley. Divine!

elegant storms said...

i've always wanted to make my own macarons :) thanks for the recipe!

Andrea Z. said...

The lemon cream looks amazing, can't wait to try it.

Jen H. said...

I am in LOVE with your blog and photography. The macarons, especially, look fantastic!

Katie Spankins said...

i'd LOVE to win! I love love love macarons, but have yet to master them - assistance would be lovely! :-)

pabersnews said...

I have never seen a pink lemon - you are so lucky. Thanks for the awesome recipes.

jabreb said...

So far I've downloaded your macaron tutorial (Love It!) and collected recipes...working up the nerve to tackle my first macaron. Keep reading the instructions over and over...I think I can do it!!

Amanda said...

Beautiful macaroons! Beautiful pictures too, as always! I'd love to win the giveaway.

Mindi - Dandi said...

O.M.G.! love lemon - so refreshing! I have the egg whites aging now so will definitely try these later this week. Good thing is my boyfriend is not a huge lemon lover so I will get more for me! YAY!

Annetje said...

Thank you for your lovely recipes and fantastic photographs.
They are a real treat!
Would love to win the macaron cooking book.
Annetje

Hannah xx said...

Delicious Macaroons and gorgeous pics. love love love xx

Jennie said...

The lemon desserts scream spring to me! Love your blog - the photography and the writing are beautiful.

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Beautiful and stunning as always! Love all of the lemon - so perfect for the beginning of Spring. Gorgeous photos!

Catherine said...

Your photographs are stunning!! I have always wanted to try to make macarons myself. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity! :)

LJ said...

My first experience with macarons was Bouchon in Yountville. Definitely a way to get one hooked. Delicious!

Foodie said...

hi! just discovered your blog. will attempt the mava cakes soon :)
i love, love macarons. my favorite is green tea and black sesame.

Megg said...

Yum! Meyer lemon recipes definitely remind me of spring.

Tania said...

I love your photos. I'd love to be able to learn to take just lovely pictures. You're recipe's aren't bad either! ;)

Cate Holst said...

I really need help with macarons, so this book would be a great asset

shellie said...

yum...i hope i win i have lots of meyer lemons on my trees!

Angie said...

These are gorgeous!

Mary Ann Miltenberger said...

I just discovered your site from an article on Forbe's - how wonderful! I love the photos and can't wait to try out some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing!

sweeps99 said...

Just beautiful. Did you ever think of making a calendar with all the recipes and lovely photos. Thanks for passin this recipe along.

Tara said...

You are a lifesaver! I was grocery shopping this morning and organic Meyer lemons were on sale 10/$2 so I stocked up not quite knowing what I was going to bake. Now I know :) Thank you so much!! Beautiful pictures as always! Lemon desserts are one of my favorites too - so refreshing, especially when the weather is so nice!

Gina said...

Just lovely, Did you ever think of making a calendar with all of these recipes and photos.
Thanks for sharing.

A.DGR said...

I love the beautiful jars! They look so lovely with the tempting custard and macarons. I hope I win!

Human Potpourri said...

Please! ME!

jenmyall said...

I am so excited you posted the recipe for these! I am having a Mad Hatter Tea Party for my daughters 6th birthday and I will be serving these! Thanks so much!

Zillah said...

looks delicious!

s. said...

oh my goodness! all the beautiful colors and talk of lemony-goodness is making me so excited for when i can just run around in a dress and lounge around on a blanket in the grass with good friends. :)

Di said...

Thank you for these recipes - I've just bought some Meyer lemons for the first time ever (this is the first year I've seen them in our stores), and I'm keen to try them. And macarons are something I still haven't tackled - the help from this book would be most welcome!

TheInnKeepersDaughter said...

I love lemons in any form, meyers lemons even more. Can not wait to try the lemon cream.
Yolande

Chapstick Fanatic said...

i would love some tips in shooting in artificial light! i would also love this cookbook!

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Flour On My Face said...

The pictures are gorgeous. I'm going to have to try the lemon cream!

Arlene

Kate Price said...

The lemon creme looks amazing!

Gina said...

Oh my!! You couldn't have chosen a better recipe to share with me!!
I love anything lemon, and with spring break here, my little one and I will be making these, this week!
Thank YOU!!! :)
Georgina G

Bronwyn said...

I love your recipes, but am always intimidated to try them! You make them look so lovely. I am taking a Macaron class at my favorite bakery next week and am very excited!

Diva said...

Looking forward to following your advice on macarons.

Kristyn Sydorko-Hancock said...

I just took a Macaron making class a couple of weeks ago after trying to make them on my own. My first batch (before the class) tasted great but looked like turds. Would love this book SO much.

Casie said...

I just found your blog today, and love it! The recipes sound so delicious and your pictures are amazing. I have a small obsession with anything French including macarons, so this cookbook would be perfect. :o)

dpchef said...

Thanks for your blog. I cannot wait to try the Meyer lemon macarons! I am a Pastry Chef in NY and often look to blogs for inspiration. I can say yours has truly given me many things to think about.

Steph Yee said...

oh my!-er lemons :) Those are some beautiful macaroons--captured in beautiful photos! I am a huge fan of lemon-y desserts, and an even bigger fan of macaroons. I've tried making them a couple times but they don't turn out so well :( Perhaps those Meyer lemon ones should be my next ones!

Jas. said...

I love the look of all your macarons, and although I've tasted macarons, I've only tried making them once, with kind of poor results... I will at some stage (after our move) try again, as they're such delivious little morsels. Glad you've had time to take a moment and relax.

All the best!

teresa said...

Love the jars and what's in them!

Sidney said...

Lovely macarons and pictures, as always ! :D

Rebekka said...

I love coming to your blog - your photos are always so inspiring! How lucky for the people who got to attend your lectures :)
I may just have to make those lemon creams this week!

myra starkey said...

I love your website and photography...it cheers my soul to see such beautiful food ..thank you
myra starkey

Caitlin said...

Hi Tartelette! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions about trying to can the lemon creams in this post or the lemon curd from one of your old recipes? My sister has a Meyer lemon tree that is weighed down with lemons and I'm trying to bake them all into something before they start dropping to the ground. Can or freeze? I'm also thinking maybe make ice cubes of their juice and freeze some jest? Any experience/suggestions would be much appreciated! Of course, I'm going to make some lemony goodness to eat right now, but there's just so much!

Heather said...

Mmmm it all looks delicious!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

Merci beaucoup pour ces recettes. Je viens d'acheter pour la première fois des citrons Meyers après les avoir vus sur ton site. Je cherchais une recette simple pour bien y goûter. La recette de crème semble parfaite pour cet essai! Merci encore!

Anita said...

I adore all things lemon, thank you for the lovely recipes and the chance at that lovely book.

sprite said...

Oooh! The idea of citrussy macarons is very appealing. I might have to give these a shot!

Juliana said...

This post looks so refreshing! Thanks for the giveaway.

koohiiteasheri said...

I love macarons AND lemon! These pictures are lovely!

koohiiteasheri said...

I love macarons AND lemon! These pictures are lovely!

Lana German said...

Nothing can beat the subtle flavor of Meyer lemons. I'll miss them when I leave California.
Macarons are still too scary for me. Hope the time will come for me to meet this challenge.

mrspao said...

They look wonderful and tasty

annetteaudrey said...

In love with all things french, macarons in particular :)

Jadelyn said...

Merci a vous!

Thank you for demystifying macarons! Beautiful blog, beautiful photos, beautiful food!

Jadelyn

Emilie said...

Looks beautiful, I can't wait to make some!

Mali.s said...

Je m'y prends peut-être un peu tard... du au décalage horaire et tout et tout, je ne sais plus si minuit est déjà passé chez vous ou pas. Ici en France, ce n'est pas encore le cas, alors je tente ma chance!!
Dans tous les cas, c'est toujours un plaisirs de découvrir tes recettes et tes photos, merci de les partager avec nous!

Kasia said...

I love your photos! I think it is time to try make macaroons...
Thank you for no-ending inspirations and lovely start on Monday!

Andrea said...

I've never made macarons, but this recipe is very tempting! I need to give them a go! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!

Amparo said...

this recipes look yummy!!!!

thebutteryfig said...

Ah, everything sounds SO delicious and I find your photography exquisite! As a fledgling blogger, I am truly inspired. I have not made macarons for ages - this post has my mouth watering. Time to get out the eggs and almond flour!!!

Annika said...

I have yet to master macaroons, so I would be excited to win the book!

Allison Day said...

I've had macarons exactly once in my life, and absolutely loved them - I have tons of your recipes bookmarked, in hopes that I've have the time and courage to try some of them someday!

martina said...

What a gift to receive wonderful ingredients to make such a treat! I've never found meyer lemons in Dublin (Ireland) yet, I will use normal lemon instead! Enjoy the company and the warm weather for me
Martina

Amy said...

Lovely! My hens are laying eggs again, this recipe is on my list ot make this week. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbook!

Adli said...

lemon creemeeeeeeeeee!!!! cant wait to try this!!

Megan said...

Macaron making is on my "to do" list. This little cookbook might help me.

Madeleine said...

I recently returned from France - the home of the melt-in-the-mouth-macaroon - where my sisters and I made it our personal quest to eat every flavour of macaroon we could find! The winner? A wonderful mint caramel (!) from a small market in the Cote d'Azur. Who would have thought those two flavours would work together?

Meg said...

I am so happy to have found your blog (by way of Bakerella's Macacron Pop post) I have been interested in Macarons for a while now and I am so glad to have a great resource to go to!

These Lemon Macarons are the perfect snack for a spring time picnic and I cannot wait to make them. Where did you find your jars?

Thanks!
Meaghan

Linda said...

Pink lemons? I have never heard of them. If they ever come up with a lavender or a ruby red lemon, they should name it after you.

Laurenhope said...

I made a nice meyer lemon curd last week but it was way too soft for my macarons. Can't wait to try your recipe.

Carol S. said...

These look amazing. I can't wait to try them!

Laura said...

Beautiful as always!

Christi said...

I just returned from going to a 3 day pastry class in Chicago and I was hoping that we would make macaroons, but we did not. This book sounds like such fun! I hope that I win!!!!!!! These have become my new favorite treat!

silarem said...

A macaroon…The name implies for me a savory dish instead off a sweet one so that’s the reason I’ve never make one (macarrones in Spanish is a type of pasta)…but hey it’s never late to make a first attempt!

Teresa Lawson said...

I have never made macarons, but I have had the pleasure of enjoying them in many a French bakery. I think I will try my hand at making these. They look so delicious! Thank you :)

Orly said...

I love Macarons!!! and Meyer Lemons too. Looks like something I will try making soon...

Patrizia said...

Hi, your recipes and your photos are wonderful, I will follow you with pleasure and I learn a lot from you! patrizia from Italy!

laperavolpina@blogspot.com said...

Hi, your recipes and your photos are wonderful, I will follow you with pleasure and I learn a lot from you! patrizia from Italy!

Grace said...

What a wonderful post. My mother-in-law has been making macarons at home since about 2001, perhaps. I am a proud and delighted recipient of her macarons, which have included lemon, black sesame, chestnut, nutella, and mint chocolate. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!

Jen S. said...

I just adore your blog because there is so very much: styled shots, intriguing recipes, thoughts on food and photography. I love lemon and am so sad that I can't have my own tree here in the Pacific Northwest.

Jennifer said...

Your post was so beautiful (as always), but it so put me in the spring mindframe. I would love a copy of this book. I so want to learn how to make macarons.

Mary said...

Gorgeous photography!

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

I've actually never ever had a macaron. A cookbook to help me on my tasting journey would be awesome! :-D

caroline@chocolateandcarrots.com

bunkycooks said...

Hi Helene,

It was such a pleasure meeting you this weekend and I really enjoyed your workshops. They were very helpful!

Gwen

Annie said...

I <3 Macarons! Thank you for this great recipe! I just started frequenting your website and in awe of the wonderful recipes you post!

argone said...

j'adore les macarons, surtout au caramel au beurre salé, mais aussi au citron ...
tes photos sont toujours aussi belles, merci !

mm said...

Ever since visiting Paris, I have been in search of the most perfect macaron in America... and I have yet to find it. I've tried hundreds from different patisseries and tried several recipes, but to no avail! I can't wait to try this recipe out at home.

Cheri said...

Love, love, love the flavor lemon. I just picked up a small bag of Meyer lemons at the market this weekend. Now I know what I'll be doing with them!

smalltownoven said...

Macarons are something I have yet to master although I've tried several times with mixed results. This book would be a wonderful companion to my efforts!

LittleWit said...

That looks delicious! My mouth is already watering. :)

Pål said...

I've been trying to make perfect macarons since December, but I always end up with huge airpockets in my shells. Only time that didn't happen was when I made your carrot cake macarons (which are absolutely gorgeous, btw, thank you!). Maybe the dried carrot helped? I've tried so many different recipes, cooking temperatures with both French and Italian merengue, but it just doesn't turn out the way I want. Think the problem might be my oven but not sure. Do you have any tips to offer?

Kimberly said...

I'm hoping to find a meyer lemon tree to plant on my back porch. These look delicious!

Melanie (Brave the Kitchen) said...

Helene, As a fellow food blogger and aspiring photographer, I always find your images stunning. As a Louisiana native, I'm drawn to and influenced by French cuisine. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

Best,
Melanie

Dru said...

Lemon and Spring, great combo. thanks for great inspiration

Andrée-Anne said...

I discovered how to make macaron through your blog and I'm hooked!!
It's my favorite desert to make. I would love to win the book and get more ideas!
Andrée-Anne de Montréal

Jessica said...

Chosen or not, my baking goal for April is macarons! those pictures inspired me to give it a try:D

a2 said...

yes, spring is on the way! lovely macarons.

Megan said...

I just recently stumbled upon your blog and absolutely love it! So much inspiration for food styling and photography has been found here--thank you!

Megan

Emma Thomsen said...

Wowser! Meringues are the ultimate in sophisticated and delicate baking. Count me in please. Lucky you fresh lemons! I love lemons, they're so versatile - sweet and savoury (or sour). Thanks for the chance to win such a gorgeous book!

audrey said...

Oh how I wish we still lived ing Cali, I love lemons! These both look wonderful and i cant wait to make them!

Marilyn said...

Any thing with Meyer lemons is to swoon over. Thanks for the recipes. I would also love to win this book. Thanks!

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

I have actually been eying that cookbook. Macarons are still a bit of a mystery to me so it would be a helpful push in the right direction.

Irina M said...

I love your blog, great inspiration for my own writing, cooking and photography. What a great idea using cream cheese filling for the macaroons... I wish I though of it.

Cake Story said...

I love stopping by your blog just to look at your lovely photos. It's like a breath of fresh air! My success rate at making macarons, however, is 50/50... so I'd love to get this book and get more practice!

Suzie said...

ooh this recipe for macarons sound delicious! ive been researching about macarons before actually attempting to make them and your blog eases some of my hesitation! thanks for the great recipe

Kepa said...

Lemon macaron, exactly what I am craving right now!!! Can't wait to try your recipe.

joelle said...

Someday I will try to make Macarons! These ones look lovely!

Lori said...

Ahhhhh....looks so delish! I cannot weight to indulge in some of this yumminess as soon as I can

Sophie said...

Je viens de commencer a essayer de faire les macarons. Les premiers n'etais pas pire. Mercy pour tout tes instructions et recettes!

demmi said...

I love any thing made with lemons

shirley elizabeth said...

I've always been too afraid to try macarons. A cookbook would be great!

ChrisC said...

These look AMAZING! I love macarons and meyer lemons, so what a great combo.

SarahF said...

I love macaroons, but have never tried to make them myself! I would love the help of a good macaroon cookbook!!!

Julie and Thomas said...

I love love macacrons, but I'm always too intimidated to try to make them myself. These gave me the push to do so!

Carri said...

Maybe winning would be the final little push I need to finally tackle these things. I certainly love to eat them! :-))

Anne @ Baking Me said...

Oh these look tasty, a perfect treat for spring!

Artemis said...

Lemon creme!! Mmmmm sounds like spring, beautiful!

Amandalynn said...

I was so excited to see this post! The lemon cream is exactly what I have been craving! Off to make a batch, stat!

Kristin said...

I have always wanted to make macarons... I think Meyer lemon would be top of my list... these sound so amazing!

brooke gray said...

In my humble opinion, there is nothing better in the world than a tart lemon dessert. And, these macarons look delectable. I can't wait to give them a go!

princessofgossip said...

Love, love, love your website. And the macaron books isn't half bad either.

leslie said...

love all your pictures!! i would love to try to make these:)

Kirsty said...

The macarons are absolutely scrumptious looking! The photos make me want to lick my computer screen.

Shanti said...

I've recently started my own journey to the perfect macaron so I'm buying this book! But getting it free would be nicer :)

cbwysocki said...

I've been wanting to try my hand at macaron's and would love to win this book!

Nancy R said...

As a newcomer to gluten free baking, I can't wait to try some of your delicious sounding recipes and techniques.

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