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!)

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  1. Posted January 16, 2010 at 7:54 am | Permalink

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

  2. Posted January 16, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

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

  3. Posted January 16, 2010 at 10:51 am | Permalink

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

  4. Posted January 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    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. Posted January 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

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

  6. Posted January 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    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. Posted January 16, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    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. Posted January 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    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. Posted January 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh delicious food…Happy hunting. Mine is up.

  10. Posted January 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Those look scrumptious and pretty, too!

  11. Posted January 16, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    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. Mecomber

  12. Posted January 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    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. Posted January 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    that looks sinfully delicious.

  14. Posted January 17, 2010 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    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. Posted January 17, 2010 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    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. Posted January 17, 2010 at 4:34 am | Permalink

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

  17. Posted January 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Lovely swirls of jiggly colour…very pretty :)

  18. Posted January 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Looks very yummy!!! :)

  19. Posted January 18, 2010 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    yummy take on the theme!

  20. Posted January 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I love that color swirl, it is absolutely gorgeous!

  21. Posted January 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    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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