Mac Attack III & PhotoHunt: Jiggly

I’m combining my PhotoHunt post this week with my January Mac Tweets Challenge! And the PhotoHunt theme this week is “Jiggly”!

For those of you unfamiliar, Mac Tweets is made up of people all over the world mesmerized and obsessing over a little French cookie called the macaron. For January, the Mac Tweets theme is, well, “New.” Do something new with your macs – something you’ve never tried before. How do the two themes, “New” and “Jiggly” go together in this post?

Well, for the “Jiggly” part, I made marmalade. Ruby Red Grapefruit Marmalade, to be exact. I’ve never made marmalade before, in fact, I’ve never canned anything before! More about the marmalade next week, when I post about another new group I’ve joined, the “Can Jam”.

So this is very, very New for me. Oh, and that marmalade is pretty Jiggly.

These are Ginger Almond Macarons filled with my Ruby Red Grapefruit Marmalade. The other New aspect to my macs this time, is color. I have to admit that I was inspired by Elissa of 17 and Baking’s Striped Peppermint Meringues, last month, and have been itching to try something like her technique with my macs. Well, no time like the present!

After mixing up my batter, I dabbed paste food coloring in pink and yellow – to hint at the pink grapefruit (deep pink on the inside, yellow on the outside) – randomly on the inside of my pastry bag. I then loaded up the pastry bag with my batter, and piped my macs, getting these random, swirly effects on my shells.

Yes, I know I probably over-mixed the batter a bit, and probably piped a bit too large – note the petite “ballerina feet.” I think they came out pretty cool. But then, that’s just me.

(Are you out there, Casey? I think I’m going to have some fodder for you pretty soon!)

By RJ Flamingo

21 Comments

  1. 1
    January 16, 2010

    No it's not just you. I think your macarons look gorgeous. Congratulations!

  2. 2
    January 16, 2010

    Oh dear: we should not have stopped by first thing in the morning, as we are now very, very hungry! Yum yum.

  3. 3
    January 16, 2010

    Ooh now they look like messy fun to eat! Have a great weekend

  4. 4
    January 16, 2010

    Oh Renee these are so fantastic! The color swirl is absolutely brilliant and so well done! And I think the flavor combo is new and intriguing. Yay for you and, as always, thrilled to have you aboard the Mac Machine!

  5. 5
    January 16, 2010

    I love marmalade..and it does jiggles too! Happy weekend!My jiggly critter

  6. 6
    January 16, 2010

    They definitely came out pretty! What a fun idea! I have yet to can anything yet. I'll look forward to you marmalade post.

  7. 7
    January 16, 2010

    LOVE the NEW & LOVE the JIGGLY…WOOT Renee; what pretty feet you got there hun!! Love them. Pretty & perfect. Intrigued by your grapefruit marmalade & those swirls too too…WOW!! Thanks a ton for playing with us!!

  8. 8
    January 16, 2010

    Ooh, those look really cool! Love the swirl effect. I really need to try my hand at macs again. I've only tried once, and they were just boring, not fancy like these. =)

  9. 9
    January 16, 2010

    Oh delicious food…Happy hunting. Mine is up.

  10. 10
    January 16, 2010

    Those look scrumptious and pretty, too!

  11. 11
    January 16, 2010

    I have never tried a macaroon! I've tried orange marmalade (as a kid) and disliked it then. But I disliked onions and beans and cucumbers as a kid and like them now… I'll have to try again! Great photos of the cookies! Mrs. Mecomberhttp://newyorktraveler.net

  12. 12
    January 16, 2010

    Very pretty. I've always been a fan of swirls, though I'm not sure I'd enjoy that much marmalade at a bite.

  13. 13
    January 16, 2010

    that looks sinfully delicious.

  14. 14
    January 17, 2010

    Love the colors. Love the macarons! I really must try them again. And I cant wait to see this new jam post. I love to can.

  15. 15
    January 17, 2010

    Well it looks pretty good to me, but I am 3000 miles away ;-). Great take on the theme! This was a tough one but yours was just right.Drop by and check mine here.

  16. 16
    January 17, 2010

    Love its colors! :) Well done.Mariposa's PhotoHunt

  17. 17
    January 17, 2010

    Lovely swirls of jiggly colour…very pretty :)

  18. 18
    January 17, 2010

    Looks very yummy!!! :)

  19. 19
    January 18, 2010

    yummy take on the theme!

  20. 20
    January 18, 2010

    I love that color swirl, it is absolutely gorgeous!

  21. 21
    January 18, 2010

    I love the way these look. I'm not sure I would have never tried swirling colors; leave it to a Flamingo to make something so flamboyant and beautiful!

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