Is it horribly self-indulgent for people to google themselves? Yesterday, for the first time, I googled myself: "mybuttoncake". Funnily, the first result was a link to twitter. Alison Thompson's twitter! The Alison Thompson who brought us 'Macaron'. This is the best thing that has happened to me all week, and despite only being Wednesday, it's been a looong week. And pastries make such weeks much more tolerable.
I had some leftover raspberry puree from my peach melba cupcakes, so thought it a perfect opportunity to make some beautiful raspberry macarons. The puree is added to the ganache - along with some raspberry liqueur - which adds a beautiful tartness to the filling. See Alison's recipe for the correct amounts of each ingredient, or experiment as you wish. How am I going to choose just one recipe from this book as my favourite when they are all so absolutely lovely?!
After filling the macarons, I piped some whipped cream onto the top of each using a star tip, and finished with a fresh raspberry. It's a mouthful, but a delightful one. Here's to Wednesday.
Thank you again, Alison.
Recommended baking soundtrack: Solex - The Laughing Stock of Indie Rock.