If you’ve checked things out here at the Hansen House before, you probably already know about my love for painted French macarons. There’s just something about this perfect little edible blank canvas that really gets the artist in me going. The finished products are charming and delightful. And while they aren’t actually very difficult to hand-paint, they effect almost always gets a “wow!” from their recipient.
I prepared this batch for a bridal shower. A little surprise for the bride-to-be. The hostess, the mother of an old friend, loved the idea of a floral theme and requested fresh strawberry filling. Perfect.
For the finer details about how to create painted macarons from scratch, check out this post with the recipe and step-by-step how to. For now, a bit about this sweet batch:
I started with plain white macaron batter. When it comes to painting macs, the lighter the canvas, the better. I did apply a small stripe of moss green gel food coloring to the inside of my piping bag, though, to create a whimsical bit of foliage upon which my flowers would sit.
You may have noticed the macarons came out with little to no “feet”… those cute little ruffle-edged bottoms that make macarons so unique. Big bummer. For an amateur like me, though, the perfectly smooth tops and spongy interiors were enough to keep this project moving.
I got to painting. I started with red roses, and soon decided that a quartet of designs would best fit the bill.
Purple daisies, red roses, yellow tulips, and blue lavender served as the inspiration. Then, one last finishing touch: a touch of greenery for each design:
With the painting complete, I set out to find the perfect pair for each macaron top, and set up the cookies to prepare for filling.
As I mentioned, the recipient requested a fresh strawberry filling. I added generous squeeze of lemon juice, just to keep things bright and lively. An ivory-colored strawberry buttercream created a border to contain the fresh fruit goodness.
The finished products… cute as buttons, no?!
Have you tried painted macarons, yet? Have an idea for my next batch? Let me know in the comments below, would ya?!