Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate Dipped "Strawberry Girl" Macs


This months mactweets challenge: Bake a mac inspired by a favorite summer childhood memory.

When I was younger I loved eating strawberries. They were my most favorite treat.

I loved them so much that quickly I became Strawberry Girl.

All throughout my childhood I collected all things strawberry. Cute outfits with strawberries on them. Little strawberry figurines. And many sweet strawberry tea sets. I think I remember having 10 different ones or something like that and I was so proud of them.

I ate strawberries all the time. Then one day something glorious happened. I was introduced to chocolate dipped strawberries. I had no idea a strawberry could even get any better- but dipped in chocolate! what a treat!

I remember being so excited dipping strawberries with mom. We would buy a Symphony chocolate bar, which I thought was so fancy and dip them and I could eat a bunch.

It was perfect.

So this months macs are appropriately chocolate dipped strawberry flavor. I even found one of my favorite strawberry tea sets to display them on.


They are filled with fresh strawberry Italian meringue buttercream.


And drizzled with delicious Callebaut milk chocolate.


I've been dreaming about macarons for months! These delicate little treats are not easy to come by and expensive when you do (but worth it!) so it is advantageous for macaron lovers to learn the art!

And learning I am! It took me a few trys to get into the mac-making groove. After my little hiatus my first batch of macarons came out looking like this:


bleh. We still ate all of them though :)

The results helped me remember a few things to do differently and the next batch came out like this:


Getting consistently uniform size is so hard for me! I really need to work on my piping! For now, I do my best to at least match both sides of each macaron so the cookie itself is uniform!

18 comments:

Jamie said...

These strawberry macs are fantastic, Strawberry Girl! What a great story and theme - perfect! Love the tea set and your macs are just perfect! Beautiful post! Thrilled to have you baking with us!

Lora said...

I love your strawberry macaron tea party. These are so beautiful. Love the drizzled chocolate.

Bonnie said...

Jenny,

Your macarons are GLORIOUS!!! So pretty and really quite perfect. You could serve these at the best tea parties. What recipe are you using? Do you share (the recipe and the macs). I'll be right over :)

Heidi said...

You know, I've never eaten a macaron, how sad is that!!

romney,ashley, ainsley and emmaline said...

I am so lucky I was in Utah last weekend and got to try one forst hand! Yum! Someday I aspire to be as ambitious and wonderful as you! It was so fun to see you guys...lots of love!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Yum look delicious, I have trouble with the uniform size too, lots of the commercial places actually have machines that do it.

candace said...

oh my gosh! they look PERFECT, Jenny! so good!

Whitney said...

YUMMY! I want one! that is the cutest strawberry tea set ever! I'm so jealous of it, i want to drink tea out of it :)

How To Be Perfect said...

These look amazing! Brilliant theme, the look totally fantastic x

Gigi said...

you will always be my strawberry girl!

Cynthia said...

Those look great- and yummy!

Sue said...

Your macs are so PERFECT! So puffy with gorgeous feet! I'm so jealous!:)

Deeba PAB said...

Awww these are screaming gorgeous! Girly, pink and PURTY! Love the way you brought this together, tea set and all. i have yet to conquer these fiddly creatures, and mine still look plenty like your first batch. What did you do differently?
Thanks for joining us at MacTweets this month! Lovely to have you on board!

codyhilton said...

As a fortunate recipient to one of these amazing treats I can attest to their beauty and deliciousness (I'd keep gushing but might be accused of pandering for more.)

Sally said...

It looks like elves and fairies.

CAPow! said...

these look delicious!

Cristie said...

Jenny, your macarons are just beautiful! I love the chocolate stripes, it just put them over the edge. The feet and perfect, I love the filling- everything is perfect. And of course you hit the theme right on the head!

Dellitt said...

They look lovely, though the tea set was what I wanted (not a fan of macaroons). I suppose you were a Strawberry Shortcake fan as I was?