Last year on Masterchef the contestants had to try making Balmain patissier Adriano Zumbo's Macaron Tower. It was a crazy show with not enough time for the task and the contestants had a lot of trouble with them. But it got me thinking about macarons and how pretty they are so of course I thought I should have a go.
I made these Violet Macarons with white chocolate ganache and they all turned out perfectly. It was my first time I've made them and I was really happy with how the centres were all gooey but the outsides firm and crisp. They were very sweet and I'm a bit more of a savoury gal but my husband loved them. I think next time I'd use more purple colouring so they are more vivid.
This plate is one of my favourites - from the little island of Murano near Venice, Italy. We had a delicious lunch at a beautiful trattoria there with good friends and lots of bellinis. Nice memories.
For the Violet Macaron I used Callum's recipe that he made in the London episode and won the challenge with. Find the recipe here.
(leave out the filling obviously)
White Chocolate Ganache
200 gm (7 ounces) white chocolate
Bring cream to boil, pour over finely chopped white chocolate and stand 5 mins. Stir until all chocolate has melted and mixture is glossy. Chill approx 45 mins and use as required.