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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BoogaJ said...

We recently had to go gluten free and I am intrigued with the idea of making macarons! Sounds like a great little book!

VeggieGirl said...

Beautiful macarons! Oh how I would love to win the giveaway.

Hanna said...

I was just telling my housemates that I want to make macarons! I hope I win.

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I must admit, I've been a little timid to try making macarons. Okay, perhaps terrified is a better term. But the more I see recipes for them the more I am inspired to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe and enjoy the well deserved R & R for as long as you have it!

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I must admit, I've been a little timid to try making macarons. Okay, perhaps terrified is a better term. But the more I see recipes for them the more I am inspired to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe and enjoy the well deserved R & R for as long as you have it!

grubby1986 said...

Yay! Another Macaron recipe...I've become so obsessed with them since i first saw them on here.

Elena said...

Your blog is awesomwe.

Jen said...

How exciting! I have a small Meyer lemon tree with a few lemons that are about a week away from being fully ripe. I've been looking for recipes that would showcase their flavor and these two will be the first ones I try.

Thank you for the recipes and for the giveaway!

Peaches said...

Awesome giveaway! I just made a cookie recipe with Meyer lemons. The lemons smelt amazing.

squirrelbread said...

That little Meyer lemon staring at us from the second to last photo is perfect. Symmetrical almost, no seeds, no blemishes, and that deep yellow color! Wish they were more readily available here.

Cheers,

*Heather*

sarahe said...

those look wonderful!

Jen said...

How exciting! I have a small Meyer lemon tree with a few lemons that are about a week away from being fully ripe. I've been looking for recipes that would showcase their flavor and these two will be the first ones I try.

Thank you for the recipes and for the giveaway!

Aly said...

We are SO incredibly lucky to be able to share what we love. I am not a huge macarons fan - but meyer lemons make everything amazing. Your photos are gorgeous as always -

Cheers - GtoG!

Tracy said...

Mmm. Beautiful photos that make me want to drop everything and get in the kitchen. Always inspiring.

ricekernel said...

These look delectable. I have caught the lemon bug as well - we whipped up a batch of lemon cheesecake bars last week. It was a great change from our line-up of heavier winter desserts. Can't wait to usher in spring your recipes!

Auntie Bliss said...

Lemon has to be the best flavor on earth....next to the obvious ;)
Your photos are so beautiful and your time away sounds sweet.

Shoe Splurge said...

I'd love to have a macaron cookbook! Every time I see your pictures of these small bites, my mouth waters!

aune said...

yes, i'm leaving a comment because of the giveaway.^^' i visit your blog from time to time mainly for the great recipes and fabulous photos, but up till now i haven't post anything, because i'm not good at writing in english ;P reading isn't difficult for me, but if i have to write something, it takes me a lots of time... and i'm a bit lazy person, that's why i only do something when it can bring me some profits. ;)
Your Blog Reader from Poland

Zizi said...

Helen,
this post is so wonderful. I love lemons every way. I would eat everything from your photos! :)

Diane said...

Love your blog, hope I win!

Linda and Matthew said...

I love lemon!

Helena said...

Amazing pictures! I can't wait for your book to come out :)

Barbara said...

Someday I'll make macarons. I like the idea of lemon macarons.

jodi89 said...

Wow, these look amazing! I'm a lemon-lover too and my mouth is just watering looking at them. Thanks for the recipes and for the contest too!

Fete et Fleur said...

WOW! I can't believe I'm the first here. I would love a copy of this book. I'm always trying out new macaron recipes. I will definitely be trying this one out for the Meyer Lemon Macarons and Cream. Thank you for it!

Nancy

Eric said...

I love the Meyer Lemons. I just wish it was a bit easier to squeeze them.

mycookinghut said...

Beautiful! I love citrus dessert and this will be great!

Beth said...

Macaroons and lemons! Two of my favourite things.

joanna said...

I'd love to win that book! Crossing my fingers!
-Joanna
jhsherman31[at]gmail[dot]com

Kehceub said...

Great blog - love every post you make :)

Greetings from Denmark
//Phie

linda said...

I absolutely love those meyer lemon cream macaroons. can't wait to make them!!!

Amy said...

Thank you for a chance to win this giveaway! I've a few attempts on Macaron making....some very successful and some, not as much. I would love to get this book for more tips to improve my skills! :) Guess I'm as crazy about Meyer Lemons as you are. I've made Meyer Lemons Macarons with Limoncello Buttercream and they were so addictive. Can't wait to try them with the Meyer Lemon Creams. That sounds just as delicious!

Michelle Stiles said...

Thanks for the lemon recipes. I have 14 Meyer Lemons on my counter. I might be weird. I might love lemons.

Katie said...

They look amazing! Going to try and make them this week for my co-workers!

Sam said...

I would love that cookbook! I have been wanting to try making macarons, but they seem so daunting. Maybe I'll just have to give it a try and see what happens. :)

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A Thought For Food said...

Not only a fantastic giveaway, but these macarons with the cream... well, I'm ready to get chowing down!

In all seriousness, I need this cookbook... terribly. Because here's the thing, I have never made macarons before and I'm starting to feel a little ashamed of myself.

We'll have to fix that, won't we?

Taika said...

Oh my god, I just love your foodpics! Especially the first one, it reminds me of a blissful countryside day.
I've always wanted to make some macarons myself, so perhaps next week I'll go for it with your recipe.

Andrew's Mom said...

Those macarons look wonderful.

MC said...

I love your gluten-free blog! I have celiac and I appreciate all of the beautiful recipes.

Caroline Adobo said...

I just gold ahold of some Meyer Lemons this season and would love to make the cream. Maybe dare to make the macarons as well.

Hannah said...

Beautiful pictures. I can't wait to try the recipes.

Lisa H. said...

Beautiful macarons n photos.
I would love to get a copy of the book... I made macarons last week... Italian meringue...it was a disaster... It rised but lopsided just like a car with a puncture. Baked at 150C fanforced oven. :( what went wrong?
Appreciate any advice.

Allison said...

YUM! These look great. I have actually never tried a meyer lemon, but have been meaning to. Now I have an excuse to try them using the macaron recipe! Two attempts of making macarons and two failures. Hopefully my next batch will work! What are pink lemons?

Sam said...

These look amazing- I tried to make macarons once and it ended as a disaster.

NatC said...

I'm with you on the lemon love. Dessert for me is usually either chocolate or lemon (I recently discovered a lemon icecream. Heaven!)
The lemon cream here looks a little like something we used to call "lemon butter". I can't wait to try these recipes!

Jessie said...

macaroons are always SO delicious. i looove


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Susan said...

What's not to love? Meyer lemons and macarons!! I would love to win!! Thank you. Susan

Megan said...

Can't wait to make lemon macarons!

Natalia said...

I discovered some days ago your blog (and your Twitter account ;P ) and I love it! Your photos and recipes are awesome. Congrats!
Yum! Lemon cream is delicious!
Please, Random, choose me, I'd like to win this giveaway ;)

Jade said...

I've tried macarons before, but they were not exactly a success!These lemon ones look fantastic, and I'd love a fun book to give me inspiration to try again!

LeahSavitsky said...

These look amazing. I have a whole tree of meyer lemons that are just calling out to be made into macarons.

NotAppealing said...

Oh yummy! Perfect for spring...

camille said...

Wow, everything looks so yummy! I think I'll give the creams a try tomorrow... Merci :)

Shelley said...

I've always wanted to make my own macarons! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway~~

Jeanne said...

Oh, that Meyer lemon cream looks heavenly! The photos are gorgeous and the color is so summery. I've been wanting to learn how to make macarons for a long time so I'll have to take a look at that cookbook.

Shay said...

I both intrigued and terrified at the thought of making macarons, but you make it sound so easy!! I would love to win that cookbook to hep me get over my imaginary macaron roadblock!

patti said...

OK, feeling lucky today! I hope I win!

Claire said...

I would love this book! Thanks for the great recipes and the fun giveaway, always a pleasure to read about your latest adventures.

girlleastlikely said...

oh wow!
These look amazing! I am in fits of jealousy over a) your incredible macarons and creams b) your incredible photography and c) the fac that you have meyer lemons! :(

I've never come by them in Australia, though I've been desperately looking given all the meyer lemon related recipes I've seen lately... lucky you, to be sent a bunch!

Callie Grayson said...

I so love lemons, all their lemony goodness makes me smile.
I hope to make this lemon creams very soon.

What a great give away!
thanks!
xx
callie

Nicolette said...

I absolutely love lemons! Can't wait to make the lemon creams and enjoy them on my porch during the summer :)

Carly said...

Can't wait to try these!!

Sneh | Cook Republic said...

The cream looks so delicate and light, kind of like a little ballerina in mid-air poised in all her beauty! I love love the color!

Would cornflour work instead of cornstarch? I have cornflour but not cornstarch and I have an abundance of lemons at the moment, so was wondering!

Carly said...

Can't wait to try these!!

slage said...

I've looked a some macaron recipes but haven't taken them on. Now that I've seen your lemon and almond combo, I'm ready to try them.

Carly said...

Love the looks of these macarons!

Jourdie said...

My mom loves Meyer lemons too, and she has been working on her macaron skills. She will be so thrilled to hear about this!

Aubry said...

I've always dreamed about winning a giveaway on a blog. Not to mention, one for a macaroon cookbook!

Ann said...

Pick me!

Averie said...

The pics are beautiful! I live in San Diego and a friend has a lemon tree and gave me some this week. And another friend has a meyer lemon tree and gave me some of hers. It's lemon mania :)

I would LOVE to go to a photography workshop with you and Tami!

Mrs. Wonder said...

We used to have a lemon tree in our backyard. The lemon creams are making me drool!

Jourdie said...

My mom loves meyer lemons and she has been working on her macaron skills-she will be thrilled to hear about this!

Oh also, lately, anytime I have tried searching on the site, I've been told there is a malfunction. Is that a general issue or is that just me?

Thanks!

Dani said...

I would love to learn to make macarones - I am nervous to try without a scale

Lisa Levine said...

The cream and macarons look amazing! Definitely want to try...

Lisa Levine said...

Definitely want to try those macarons! I Love meyer lemon!

Grace said...

Great Giveaway. I have yet to conquer my fear of trying to make macarons. I have dried out my egg whites countless times but chicken out at the last minute. Yours are beautiful. I too am a lemon lover, these would be a perfect first try but something inside tells me I'm still not ready. I think I need a little more confidence before I tackle them. I have researched as much as I possibly can and I am armed with a long list of tips, hopefully one day I will attempt.

妮妮 said...

I love the photo with the lemons!

Kate said...

My husband and I have been teaming up to make the perfect macarons! Love this post - must try meyer lemon.

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Perfect timing! I think I may have finally been able to locate some Meyer lemons here so I am really looking forward to trying these.

Cathy said...

Great giveaway. Fingers crossed!

Christine @ Nourish the Budding Lotus said...

I would love to learn to make macaron. The are so beautiful...and delicious :)

Mayra Alejandra said...

I absolutely <3 your blog - it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside ;)

jarnizzl said...

Love your pictures, as always! They're stunning.

wholesomecook said...

Hi Helene, whenever I wake up to find an email from Tartlette in my Inbox, I smile and get out of bed on the RIGHT side. Your pictures are delicious. Your recipes are scrumptious. Your writing so delectable. And now a giveaway - might be my chance to make macarons for the first time :-)

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a lovely book! Who doesn't love macarons?

LoveE ♥ said...

That sounds so lovely! And those macaroons... Oh my gosh!

I am now following, I think we should follow each other :)
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x

allisonmariecat said...

I love Meyer lemons. I just made a preserve from ten pounds, flavored with honey and ginger. I'd love to win the macaron - after years of reading your blog, I have finally warmed up to them :)

janna said...

I haven't been brave enough to attempt marcarons - but perhaps an entire cookbook about them would be just the push I need!

Mandy said...

lovely macarons!!! :)

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Joy said...

Some of my favorite things - lemons & macarons! By the way, I admire the wonderful photography, it never ceases to amaze me! :)

Kelly Cook said...

These look delicious! My best friend has just discovered a love for baking macarons and I would love to win this to send to her for her birthday (but not before trying a few recipes myself)

Thanks for such wonderful photos & recipes!

le festin said...

I love macarons :)

Julia @ DimpleArts Photography said...

Macaroons are so delicate and delicious. I am a bit intimidated by the process of making them. But they taste heavenly. The workshops sound like a great idea. I need to look into attending one.

Katie said...

These macarons look so good! Thanks for another great recipe.

suburban prep said...

Yummy Macaroons!!
msgb245 at gmail dot com

What a beautiful idea and perfect for so many events macaroons are.

Analogue said...

Perfect timing! My sister rang last night for a recipe for lemon curd, as she's just been given a lot of lemons, and mentioned she'd discovered macarons. I've sent her the link to this post.

Thank you!

Katie said...

Meyer lemons are wonderful. I made meyer lemon ice cream a few years ago that was so intensely lemony it was amazing.

LadyWild said...

I love macarons. I've been nervous to try making them on my own. A book would help with the inspiration.

Eva said...

They look so good!

Eva said...

Looks yummy!

MelissaD said...

Ooh lemons - one of my absolute favorite flavors. I can remember eating them straight off my grandpa's tree when I was growing up. And of course I'd love to learn to make macarons.
Thanks for your generosity!

Jeff R said...

Love your photos. I think you have some of the best food photos on the web!

Dessie said...

I adore your recipes and food styling, you are wonderful :)

mankyoldboot23 said...

Definitely adding "lemon cremes" to my to-do list :)

caz said...

I wish I could have a lemon tree... mmmmmmm... I love lemons...

oh, and macaroons... mmm macaroons...

would love a cookbook!

good luck everyone!!

Donaji said...

Those lemon cremes sound delicious!

Adam said...

As soon as I get back home to California where my mixer and food processor live, I'm going to have to go make these (though going back to California will of course mean leaving London and by proxy, leaving the Laduree and Pierre Herme boutiques here where I've grown accustomed to spending obscene amounts of money.)

rebecca said...

I love meyer lemons, and your photography is beautiful!

Sara said...

I love your website and it is on my daily read list :) These look lovely and I am sure the book would be a fabulous addition to my collection!

zhazha said...

Yum! I love anything made with Meyer Lemons

Amber said...

I have attempted macarons a couple times, and been semi-successful. Sounds like this book could be just what I need!

tw said...

oooh would be lovely to win!

Aubrey said...

Macaron cookbook? Sign me up!

regina said...

I am praying for more time in the day to allow me to make these wonderful lemony delights. I want to stay at home full time and bake to my hearts content. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe - next leave break from work I plan to try these.

LeighBakes said...

I just love macarons. I only recently discovered them, but I was in love at first bite!

Daniel L. Dill said...

You really like macaroons, don't you?

Linda J-H said...

These lemon desserts look fabulous.

Danja said...

I have yet to try a macaron. And just yesterday I got Hisako Ogita's I Love Macarons book, after reading a positive commentary on it by David Lebovitz. So I am nervous and excited to try making them. And your amazing photos give me courage to just do it. :-)

Foodie Ann said...

Count me in....May this might be my lucky number...:)

lynne said...

Oh! I love those macarons they look amazing!

Trish said...

Would absolutely love this cookbook...I've been dying to try macarons!

Casey Bahr said...

Sounds fun! I've always heard how yummy macarons are but I've never tried them.

alizardinthegarden said...

I would love to win that book! I just made Meyer Lemon Macarons last weekend. I really enjoying following what you are up to and insights into Charleston! Keep it up - can't wait to see what's next.

Chantel said...

Those macarons look amazing! I've been meaning to try making some sort of macarons, but haven't had the chance yet. They're so pretty. :)

Mrs. Frazier said...

My new years resolution was to learn how to make macaroons!! I would love this!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

Hale said...

YUM! These look great. I have actually never tried a meyer lemon, but have been meaning to.
Love your photos. I think you have some of the best food photos on the web!

Caroline said...

These macarons look amazing!

Vicky Raigo said...

I am seriously addicted to your blog, I love both your recipes and your photographs. Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Yay giveaway! I'd love to try making macarons, but I'm positive there's no way they'd look as lovely as yours.

Jessica said...

This post is having me nearly thirst for summer.

Sweet breeze of a food display!
Bring on some more...

Kari said...

I love lemon cream. Will definitely give it a try.

Congrats, great pictures!

Laura B. said...

Can't wait to try the cream!

Julia Brasileiro said...

I must say that this book could help me a lot!
I tried making macarons once, but i dont know if i over mixed, or did the oposite. The problem could be with the stove as my mom pointed out, but I doubt that. Anyways, Love your blog and your recipes but most of all I love your photography!! So thanks for that oportunity!

Nisa said...

mmmm meyer lemons!

alvind95 said...

great photos! The Macaroons look really scrumptious , made them once but kinda failed ill give it anothertry next time

Pilar said...

I love lemons too,I'm sure this macarons are delicious!
Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Olivia said...

I'll be making lemon macarons on Monday!

Check our my macaron shop: www.lepetitbonbon.ca

Love your photography!

O

MonicaDG327 said...

I'm so excited to try this! I've never made macarons before, but my husband loves lemon and I think this would make a great first try!

Koci said...

Those macarons would be so perfectly light and sweet for the spring. Beautiful!

Y said...

Love your macaron adventures!!! Meyer lemon would be fabulous!!

Sarah said...

I would love to win this book! I could probably never make macarons as beautiful as yours, but I would love to try:)

Misty said...

I just love all your macarons! Such lovely shots too. :)

Cera said...

Since they don't carry meyer lemons in my local grocery store and yet I live in a fairly large town/urban area, what would be a good place to find them? I'm so eager to try all these meyer lemon recipes I've been seeing.

rebekah's valentine said...

I've tried macarons a couple of times... with some mixed results but they always taste delightful! This recipe sounds so wonderful for spring! I think it's time to try again :)

Michelle said...

These look delicious and you've inspired me to finally get some meyer lemons!

Vimitha Anand said...

That looks mouth watering and very tempting... Lovely flavorful macroons

Jen said...

Hi, I just wanted to say how much I love your blog and can't wait for your book to be released since I've already pre-ordered it on Amazon! Keep up the good work <3

Paula - bell'alimento said...

<3 <3 <3 Lemons! I have to get my hands on some of these pink lemons!

{ aggie } said...

Oh, I think this is your greatest giveaway yet!

I'm a budding photographer myself, and I LOVE food, so your blog is a wonderful combination of both.

And a book on macarons? Who wouldn't want that?

drkdubs said...

wow! i didn't know that a "pink lemon" actually existed! i googled it right after i read your post lol. it's really neat when you learn about strange new ingredients to use in cooking and baking. thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

What a great recipe! I love your pictures!

JoAnne said...

Oh these look so good...meyer lemons are my absolute favorite!! I am going to try to make my first macarons next week!

kraftedbykelly said...

I would love to be able to make macarons at home! These look delicious! I love the subtle pink color. :)

MerveillesbyEstelle said...

I found your blog via a friend and you have amazing photos! Your recipes are quite intriguing to me. Tried to make macarons last week, took 3 tries to get the texture correct but still trying to perfect the size of each macarons.
absolutely need to try some of your recipes.

Brooke said...

well, this is just so handy, as i've got a meyer lemon tree that is dripping with lemons right now! thanks!

Lobelia said...

I like how the mac shells get flavored too, rather than just gaudily-colored.

Renée said...

Oh macarons, sigh! I really want to make them at home, but I am scared it's too difficult. Thanks for sharing this recipe; I will give it a try :).

Jess said...

i'm dying to try to make macarons.

Angela said...

I love macaroons and I love lemon... so this looks like a great combination. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

Kathy said...

Those look so yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Gretchen said...

I had never heard of lemon macarons, but these sound delightful! If only I had the skills to attempt these at home.

Anne said...

Oh, lovely desserts! I love lemon, but have never tried, or seen, Meyer lemons. I'd love to win the book - macarons are such fun to make.

Dandy said...

I am actually salivating over those creams.

Kendall said...

Your photos are so beautiful. I wish I had easy access to Meyer lemons. Hopefully I'll see some at the farmer's market here. <3

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

as always your photography is pure inspiration. I wish I could go to food blog forum and hear you speak. Can't wait to read your book.

TigerLill said...

those photos look like spring's on its way. Can't wait to get out into the green again and enjoy life=)
Thanks for sharing!!

Liron said...

I love this blog!!!
You always inspire me to try and make new beautiful food with your divine photographs!!
I am soooo going to make these lovely meyer lemon macarons!!!

Junglefrog said...

Well there are only a few people in the world with your wonderful skil at writing and photography so I would love to follow such a workshop!! The book sounds great too!

Kelly-Jane said...

I must make them for hubby he loves lemon too, they look delicious.

Please don't enter me for the giveaway - have it already :)

Magdalena de Chocolate said...

The photo are very very beautiful, and the macarons seems delicious!
I want that book, so luck for me! jajaja

jessicajlee said...

I imagine lemon would mark just the right balance in these macarons! I'm dying to try them.

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

Oh my... the pictures are mouth watering:)

Lisa said...

As always, another beautiful post. As a fairly new blogger, I am really interested in your workshop. I live in Charleston, SC and would love to hear if there are any in this area? I am also looking for some photography workshops for summer. Would love some suggestions....Lisa

Mrs. G said...

I have never had Meyer lemons. I will go seek some out.

Crumbs N Crust said...

As always... Your photos look beautiful = ) You make simple looking lemons look awesome !

Thank you for the giveaway.

Blessings

Eugenia210 said...

Ohh!!...what a wonderful giveaway!!....I cross my fingers!!!......I have never try to make macarons but it is an excelent idea!!
I love your photos.
All the best from Argentina.

Rachel said...

Lovely recipe. I'd love to get that book, too.

Betsy said...

Love the photos and the giveaway! This is perfect timing...I was just looking for recipes so I can start making my own macarons :)

Twink Lim said...

Ooo..I am so glad I visited your blog today and there is a lovely giveaway!Still trying to master the macaron.

Jaime said...

Sounds so yummy!!

linda said...

beautifiul post & photography fabulous!
i have taken 3 workshops in macaron baking & hopefully i will have success @ home. since i love lemon, your meter lemon macarons look fantastic!
please come to nyc & give workshops!!!please!

Ana Telkieva said...

Awsome photos,and receipes as well.

juliaelmer at hotmail dot com said...

The photos are as beautiful as always, and I love the pop of yellow from the meyer lemons. I make a smoothie every morning that includes a whole meyer lemon. I love them!

I've never been game to make my own macarons, but I think you've finally inspired me! I never really thought of them as such, but they are a great GF treat that you'd have to be crazy not to enjoy eating! The gingerbread ones you mention sound right up my alley.

Kimberley said...

Amazing blog. I look forward to your photography and recipes. Every photo makes me want to reach out and touch the food. Simply elegant.

Leslie said...

The best of both worlds ... lemons and almonds. I'm off to the store for ingreds now!

Kristen said...

I love Meyer Lemons and Macarons so Meyer Lemon Macarons would be fantastic!

charlene020 said...

I love, love lemons - I just took your adapted version of lemon pound cake out of the oven and my mouth is watering. Now I can't wait to try the creams and the macarons! Enjoy the rest of your week-end!

Shelby said...

What a refreshing post! I simply love the twist, flavor and zing that lemons give to any dish, particularly desserts! I look forward to giving these recipes a go! Thank you!

ethel said...

I love baking and I totally adore your blog!

Donna said...

These look just perfect. Macarons have usually defeated me, but thanks to these and your Carrot Cake macaron recipe, I'm getting my courage up to try again. Thank you for all your great recipes and photos!

Courtney said...

Oh, these sound wonderful! I absolutely love lemon desserts.

Pat R said...

I am intimidated by macarons. I have wanted to try my hand at making them so often, but can't get my courage up. Winning the book would sure boost my confidence to try.

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

I'm drooling! Yum!!!

Land said...

Macarons have to be the most photogenic cookie of all time!

pepperboy said...

Beautiful, wish I could make them as lovely as you do!

pitu said...

Love this recipe! I´m "studying" macarons...not easy at all but worth trying and re-trying. Thank you!

Jackie said...

Glad you got some time to relax! Sounds like a great retreat.

And mmm Meyer Lemons. In cream form!! And macarons!! I think I've found my sunshine for this dreary week I have coming up.

Thanks for the recipes! (And the giveaway!)

Lisa said...

I SO need to make macarons again. I tried twice, and the first was a flop, but the second time was very good! I want to try again. Unfortunately no chance of meyer lemons here (Korea). Even regular lemons are pretty expensive. :/

TracyGR said...

I would love to try making these!

Susan's Scribbles said...

The lemon crème looks delightful! And your photos are gorgeous!

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