Blueberry and Buttercream Macarons

After my first experience with making macarons, I realized how fun they were to experiment with. Of course, I can’t just let strawberries have all the fun!

I saw this in Macarons by Annie Rigg and knew I had to replicate this intricate design. For the macaron recipe please refer to Macaron à la Fraise et Crème Chantilly. As for colouring, I used red and blue to achieve a pale purple.

In my previous post I also mentioned that I don’t always prefer buttercream as I find they tend to be overly sweet. Therefore in this creation, the alternation of blueberries and buttercream as the filling alleviated the possibility of a cringe-worthy sweetness.


Filling

Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup butter (room temperature or slightly colder)
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk

Cream butter and sugar. Add milk.

Jam:

1 1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 tbsp sugar

Cook in saucepan at medium heat until blueberries soften and burst, then cook until reduced and thickened to a jam-like consistency. Transfer to a strainer and press through into a small bowl. Set aside to cool

Whole Blueberries:

1 1/2 cup

Directions

To assemble, first spread jam on the flat side of your macarons. Pipe the buttercream on, leaving enough room for whole blueberries. Finally place blueberries and top with remaining macaron shells.

You can even pipe them into “Lady Finger” shapes! What a versatile cookie!

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #17 – March Macaron Madness! (Mar 2012) hosted by Alan of Travellingfoodies.

Alright! Got a wedding to go to today and will therefore make this a quick one! A picture speaks a thousand words anyway!!

P.S. I will be hosting the next Aspiring Bakers #18. Please check back soon for the challenge!

46 Comments Add yours

  1. Simply Tia says:

    Oh Lord! Talk about decadent! Sam, these macarons look quite beautiful and definitely tantalizing!!!! I love them! Would you like my address?

  2. chefconnie says:

    Very beautiful. The blog is as beautiful as the cookies!

  3. Gorgeous! My bf and I just partook in some (bought) ones from a patissier so I have macarons on the brain too! But I can’t make them like you though, hence I have to she’ll out $$$ to get my fix! 😉

  4. sugaredpecan says:

    Love the flavor combinations you chose! They look so awesome. I like the new look of your blog too!

  5. I have not seen blueberries in macaroons what a fresh, new idea. Just beautiful photos. You have so much patience to pipe them all in the same size. Take Care, BAM

  6. WendyinKK says:

    I like the way the filling is piped in ..
    Try Swiss Meringue or Italian Meringue Buttercream and it might change your mind about the taste 🙂

    Can’t wait for April 1 to come, I am anticipating this because I do have some suitable submissions in my draft “bank”.

  7. These look fabulous! I would so love to see a bit into shot! I have so been meaning to make macaroons, but never can find the time.

  8. Hi Sammie,
    I love the idea of having blueberries in macaroons. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Oh my gosh, these macarons are insanely amazing – you have way too much talent with macaron making! 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  10. This is the first I have seen of the double flavor filling-very creative. I like the blueberries and cream. I am sure these little gems disappeared fast. One of those things that you get lost in the flavor and look down and the plate is empty again! Well done and have a great weekend!

  11. Suzanne says:

    How cute these macaroons are I love the blueberries in them what a good idea. I need to give macaroons a try sometime 🙂

  12. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow those macaroons looks perfect!

  13. these macarons look divine! i still haven’t tried making my own macarons – must change that soon!

  14. Purely.. Kay says:

    Your macarons came out looking so scrumptious Sam. You always know how to make me hungry with your desserts :). I love this and I love the new look of your blog 🙂

  15. Carolyn Jung says:

    Love the different ripples of color and flavor to the filling. Gorgeous macarons!

  16. samology says:

    Thanks Tia!! hahaha!! I wouldn’t mind trading some macarons for your delicious meals! 😀 Oh if only we were neighbours!

  17. samology says:

    Thanks Connie!! Glad you like the new layout!! 🙂

  18. samology says:

    hahaha.. Thank you! They’re not really hard! I promise!! I bet you’ll get hooked once you start making your first batch!

  19. samology says:

    Thank you!! I had the old theme for almost half a year now, so I thought it was time for a change! Hehehe.. Made this one myself! 😀

  20. samology says:

    Thank you Carol! 🙂 Glad you liked them!

  21. samology says:

    haha!! Thank you Bam! Actually here’s a little secret… They weren’t exactly the same size 😛 The book suggested I drew circle templates on all of them to ensure they were a consistent size but I really can’t be bothered! Good thing one won’t be able to tell in pictures! The angles play a great part in deceiving their inconsistent sizes! All I had to do was match a similar top and bottom! 🙂

  22. samology says:

    Thanks Wendy! mmm!! Swiss meringue is delicious! I’ve tried it for cupcakes and I love that it’s not as crazy sweet. I’ll keep in mind to try that next time in my macarons!

    haha.. You’re just like me! You probably cook / bake a lot more than you blog and have an infinite bank of entries to post! I’m excited to see all your cakes! You’re such a talented baker!

  23. samology says:

    Thank you! Yeah, especially with the bar exam coming up!! Macarons actually don’t take up too too much time once you get the hang of it! Definitely give it a try after your exam!! 🙂

  24. samology says:

    Thanks Asmita!! I liked it because I could taste the natural sweetness of the blueberries in the macarons! Was very delicious! Thank you!!

  25. samology says:

    Thank you CCU!! It’s my second time making these macarons and so still not quite there yet in terms of speed and consistency! haha.. Thank you for your kind compliments though!! 🙂

  26. samology says:

    Thanks Tina!! I totally agree!! This probably took me about 3 hours or so to make everything but most of them were gone in about an hour or so!! That’s when you’re tempted to just buy them instead. hahaha..

  27. samology says:

    Thanks Suzanne!! My friends call me a blueberry monster! I love everything with blueberries! Can’t wait for summer!! Yeah! Macarons are pretty easy to make! My first try was… at least partially successful! lol..

  28. samology says:

    Thanks Raymund!!!! 🙂

  29. samology says:

    Most definitely! Once you try making it, you’ll see how easy they are!! No need to fear! 🙂 Thank you Amy!!

  30. samology says:

    Thanks Kay! Unfortunately desserts are my forte and I’m not that great at showcasing savoury foods! lol. Perhaps one day I’ll get better and more confident at it! 🙂

  31. samology says:

    Thanks Carolyn!! heheh.. I was actually trying to keep the colour consistent but I guess the lighting made them look like different shades of purplish-blue! haha..

  32. These are gorgeous. I love the layered filling.

  33. These are so cute! And so scrumptious! I love how you did the filling – very fancy!

  34. Well, now I know I will have to get to the store to get the ingredients for this recipe. Because my friends are coming over this weekend so I have to make this recipe for them. Thanks soo much for this recipe! 🙂

  35. foodjaunts says:

    I’ve been loving your macarons! Feel free to post more recipes where you make them 🙂

  36. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    You are so expert in making macarons. I only buy them once in a while but quite pricey and I always dream of making them. I like your fillings – you can be so creative when you are making your own macarons. These are really pretty creations!

  37. samology says:

    Thanks Robert! Enjoy!

  38. samology says:

    For sure!! Thank you!! I’ll try! 🙂

  39. samology says:

    Thanks Nami!! I’m glad you liked them! That’s the best part about making your own macarons! YOU get to decide what to have it with! 🙂

  40. Kiran says:

    Aaaahhh!!! Must try baking macarons. Like, now 😀

  41. samology says:

    Definitely! I’m sure yours would turn out beautiful! Especially with your awesome photography skills!

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