Summer means fruit, and lots of it!

28 Jun

I love this heat, don’t you? You can leave you’re doors or windows open all day, and most of the evening too. The days turn into a blur, full of music and fruity drinks, and the evenings are filled with laughter, grilled food and more drinks (ones with a little more kick though).

In my opinion the summer hasn’t really arrived yet though. We have had a few good days, but we had better in April. Hmphh, well such is the way in the UK hey?!

But we all carry on with our summer ways, refuse to wear anything but shorts and sunglasses, even in the rain. I like that English spirit, we are usually so disheartened by everything else.

But anyways, this months Mac Tweet, Mac Attack Challenge is rather rushed, as I am off to Cornwall tomorrow with the Boy. I cannot wait.

Pussy cats are being tended to by the 17-year-old sister….I am not sure what else to say about a 17-year-old with a free house to herself for 3 days, I shall tell you when I get back. But I know what I would have done. Don’t you?

So, Mac Tweets. This months theme is anything fruity, which is fab. So much is in season right now so there was so much choice.

I was going to try replicate the amazing Cherry macaron I had in Laduree, but I didn’t want to pit a load of cherries. Then I came to me.

When my sisters and I were kids, our Dad loved raspberry ripple ice cream. Every year it was like a occation, you see, my Dad doesn’t really like sweet things (crazy I know) but raspberry ripple ice cream he couldn’t resist. I remember like clock work, as the days grew longer and hotter we would start getting raspberry ripple ice cream with tinned fruit for pudding. Sometimes peaches or clementines, but always raspberry ripple. To me this is the taste of summer.

So here is my macaron creations, especially for my Dad.

Mascarpone Raspberry Ripple Macarons

For the basic macaron shell, follow this recipe.

Just add swirls of red food colouring. Do this once your shells are piped out by dipping a cocktail stick in a little food colouring and swirling it around the top of the macaron.

Bake as normal.

Mascarpone filling

1 small pot of mascarpone

1 cup of raspberries.

Beat together until light and fluffy. Pipe onto one shell and sandwich together with another.




7 Responses to “Summer means fruit, and lots of it!”

  1. Lora June 29, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    These are so fun! The shells are fantastic and what a great ice cream flavor inspiration.

  2. deeba June 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Oh yes indeed, summer means fruit…and if it means fruit ending up in macarons as goos as these, then YAY! These are pretty indeed; love the swirls and the flavours. Thanks for joining us at MacTweets!

  3. hicookery July 3, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Such sweet memories, such sweet macs. Nice raspberry ripple effects on the shells. 🙂

  4. Rollerscrapper July 3, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Pretty macs and raspberry ripple sounds perfect for a hot summer’s day!

  5. Jill@MadAboutMacarons July 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    What gorgeous macarons and love the ripple effect; very clever! Yep, I remember the raspberry ripple ice-cream as a kid in the UK, too. Have a lovely holiday with tons of sunshine and thanks for the happy memories through these macarons.

    • thelilacbakery July 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      Thank you for the lovely comments, shall be posting more (clearer) pictures soon x

  6. The Daily Palette July 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    Love the macaron shell art! Thanks for sharing that technique!

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