Ahoy, Matey! Fourth of July French Macarons with a Nautical Theme

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Decadent blue and red French macarons dressed in nautical themed packaging make perfect 4th of July barbecue favors!
These beautiful red and blue #french #macarons would make an excellent gift for guests at your #fourthofjuly barbecue.
Yield 24 red macarons & 24 blue macarons

Ahoy, matey! Fourth of July French Macarons 

I absolutely love these macarons! They're made from my basic macaron recipe but are dyed red and blue and are perfectly patriotic and festive for a 4th of July barbecue! If you package the macarons in groups of two or three and fasten them closed with festive ribbon, they'll make the perfect party favor for your guests! I know most people don't really do favors at barbecues, but if you're having an upscale soiree to celebrate Independence Day, then these would be a lovely added touch! Plus, who doesn't love a macaron? And they're gluten-free!

These French macarons are perfect and patriotic! Brilliant for Independence Day

 You probably know by now, but I've got a serious obsession with French macarons. There's the lavender and rose macarons I made for Mother's Day and these peppermint macarons for Christmas and we certainly can't forget these delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches!

I filled these macarons with my favorite vanilla buttercream, but you could use shop bought buttercream or vanilla cake frosting. You could even use jam--strawberry jam for the red ones and blueberry jam for the blue ones would be delicious!

Also, if you like the look of this recipe and would to see me fulfill my dream of making macarons in France, please vote for me to win a weekend culinary to France! I'd really appreciate it!

I love the little anchors and stars on this ribbon! Adorable!

Ingredients:

For the Fourth of July French Macarons
2 medium egg whites
25g caster/superfine sugar
70g ground almonds/almond flour
140g icing/confectioner's sugar
a few drops red paste color
a few drops blue past color

For the filling
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 cups icing/confectioner's sugar
pinch of salt

I love the idea of giving these as favors at a 4th of July barbecue!

Instructions:

Fourth of July French Macarons
  1. Combine the ground almonds and the icing sugar by sifting them together into a medium sized bowl. Divide in half and put each half in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk one of the egg whites, gradually adding half of the sugar and one of the paste colors. When the whites are stiff, add one bowl of the almonds and sugar over top. Fold together until a thick, smooth batter is formed.
  3. Scoop the batter into a piping bag and pipe onto parchment or greaseproof paper lining a baking tray. Knock the baking tray against the counter to release any air bubbles. Set aside and allow to rest 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, repeat the process with the remaining paste color, pipe the batter, knock the tray against the counter and let rest.
  5. Preheat the oven to about 150C/300F.
  6. Bake the macarons for 10 to 15 minutes until baked through.
  7. Make the buttercream while the macarons bake.
  8. Allow the macarons to rest on the paper but not on the baking trays until completely cool. Once cool, frost one of the macaron shells and sandwich another shell over top.
  9. Arrange the macarons in groups of two or three in clear boxes and tie with nautical-themed ribbon.
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Add elegance to your Independence Day barbecue and give these sophisticated macaron favors to your guests.

6 comments:

  1. These are so gorgeous and festive! Great job! :)

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  2. These are so cool! Love the presentation and of course French Macarons taste delicious!

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  3. The packaging is super cute! And trying the jam in the macarons sounds great. My vote is in! Good luck and I hope you get to go! Pinning :-)

    Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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  4. These look wonderful! I've never made macarons before, but these look fun!

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  5. What a beautiful display for your macarons! They look so festive. Personally, I'm drawn to the nutella pops and watermelon slush. Hopefully, the weather in the Philadelphia area will warm up and we can start thinking summer

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  6. Beautiful macarons perfect for july 4th. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.

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