I'm so pleased to have met Ben - and even more so that I am now on his 'list' who receive updates about what he's baking and opportunities to buy the results. A few weeks back (I'm a bit behind on my blogging...) he posted that he was going to make lemon tarts, and macarons. Now I've always been a macaron fan, so I just knew I had to try some.
The lemon tart was wonderful - crisp buttery pastry, filled with a layer of dark chocolate, then a layer of pistachio sponge, and topped with the most gorgeous tart-but-creamy lemon cream (a Pierre Herme recipe no less)... but of course we ate it before I thought of taking a photo, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
But the macarons... how could I resist taking pictures?! They are such things of beauty.
I ended up with a box that contained 4 flavours - pictured above (from top to bottom) are Chilli-Chocolate, Nutella and Coconut-Lime. There was also a gorgeous pale lilac Cassis flavour one, but it got a little crushed so I ate it sans photo!
These macarons were as good as they looked. I loved the chocolate ganache that Ben had used as the fillings. I might have added a little more chili to the Chili-Choc one, but that's a personal thing and I'm a bit of a chili-fiend.
I think my favourite was the Coconut-Lime. I asked Ben how he had made it, and he told me that he had used the juice of limau kapas, or key limes, mixed with coconut cream and white chocolate. It was a great combination.
The shells just looked so professional, I was really impressed as I know how temperamental they can be to make. I'm inspired to have another try myself - roll on July and my long Summer holiday! I'm already pondering different flavour possiblities...