It’s that sweet and often pink time of year! But, hey, I’ll take it because winters are often hard. My favorite way to celebrate the “holiday” is to bring and send things to my friends. I started this tradition when I was single, not wanting to dwell on the lack of a significant other, but rather on the fact that I was loved and on how I could share that love.
We learned how to make macarons last year and decided to take that expertise and make Heart-Shaped Raspberry Macarons which we filled with White Chocolate Ganache. What a great combo!
Like everyone else at this time of year, we wanted to incorporate a bright pink color in our color scheme. However, as many of you know, this is especially challenging for us with our commitment to all-natural, no dyes, and no preservatives. You’ll be happy to know that with some research, we were able to use freeze-dried raspberries in the macarons, and as you’ll see below, frozen raspberries in our buttercream icing for the Chocolate Pound Cakes. We are continuing to learn that compromise really isn’t necessary – you can eat something delicious, all-natural, and beautiful.
The challenging part of this macaron with ganache experiment was creating a spreadable white chocolate layer, given how white chocolate seizes up so easily. After following a number of basic Google-able white chocolate ganache recipes, I realized that much more cream is necessary and even then, you’ve only got a 50-50 chance. Did I mention how much magic (or, in our case – prayer) goes into our experiments 🙂
The heart shape technique took a little getting used-to. It’s basically piping two upside-down teardrops together. Our hearts wouldn’t win any prizes for accuracy, but I think they manage to bring the point across.
We also made heart-shaped pound cakes:
– Lemon with Luscious Lemon Buttercream and
– Chocolate with All-Natural Raspberry Buttercream
To make the raspberry buttercream, we added about 1/4 cup frozen raspberries (per one batch icing) to the powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk and combined the ingredients with an electric whisk. We are eager to use this idea with strawberries.
No matter how (or if) you celebrated Valentine’s Day, we hope you felt the love of family and friends this month!