Lemon Macarons with Lemon Curd

22 Jan

Hello everyone!

How is everyone’s week going?  I was happy to have Monday off,  I always feel like I accomplish so much more by just having one extra day off.  I was finally able to get my shoe closet project started, but most importantly I had some time to bake : )!

Last week, a coworker of mine who has a lemon tree brought in a bunch of lemons.  I gladly took a few and immediately began to think what I could make.  My mind of course went straight to my favorite dessert:  Lemon macarons.

For those of you who don’t know me, I absolutely love anything lemon flavored.  Lemon cake, lemon tea, lemon cookies, lemon frosting, lemonade, and of course lemon macarons.  Lemon macarons are probably my favorite dessert, ever.   I used to make them with lemon buttercream, but recently I’ve been obsessed with lemon curd, so it’s only natural that I combined lemon macarons with lemon curd.  Additionally, lemon curd is great because it’s a perfect way of using those egg yolks that normally would get discarded while making your macaron shells.

Making lemon macaron shells isn’t very different than making regular macarons,  to make the shells please see this post.  The only thing different is that you’ll need to add the zest of one lemon, and a little bit of yellow food coloring to the meringue before you combine it with the almond flour and powdered sugar.

Read on for the recipe to delicious lemon curd that I adapted from this lovely blogger!

Lemon Curd Recipe (I halved the recipe, as it makes a lot lemon curd).

1/2 stick of cold butter (cut into small slices/cubes)
1/2 cup of sugar
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
zest of 1-2 lemons (I like a lot of zest!)

Also, apologies for the low quality pictures, I left my camera with a friend, so most of these were taken by my phone!

Begin by whisking sugar and eggs in a saucepan.  Slowly add in lemon juice, whisking mixture as you pour.

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Place saucepan on medium heat and mix with a wooden spoon till boiling.  While continuously stirring, lower the heat and continue to mix the lemon curd until it thickens (10-20 mins).  The curd should coat your wooden spoon, and be quite thick and custard like.

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While still on low heat, slowly add in your cubes of butter, one at a time.  Make sure that each piece of butter melts before adding the next piece.  The first time I ever made this, I was too impatient and the lemon curd ended up separating : (.

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Once everything is combined and smooth, place in a heat safe bowl, and apply a piece of plastic wrap directly over the lemon curd (to avoid a skin forming) and place in the refrigerator to fully cool.

Now, I’ve read many places that state if your curd separates, there is no fix.  Some people say you can try to save it by reheating it until the mixture combines again.  As I found myself in this very predicament a few weeks ago when I first made this I have found that there is way to fix it, and it’s quite simple!  As with most of my cooking catastrophes, this happened late at night, when I was tired, and wanted nothing more than to go to sleep as I have to wake up pretty early for work (I’m sooo not a morning person).  I really had no intention of fully starting over on this failed lemon curd, but at the same time I also was too tired to heat the mixture up and hope and see if it would work (especially since I had already finished cleaning everything already).  My lazy, and successful answer to my problem: my trusty electric mixer.   All you need to do is take your separated mixture, and simply mix with your mixer until it’s fully combined again, it worked like a charm!  I put it back in the fridge to cool, and it stayed perfectly!

Once you have your lovely lemon curd cooled, simply fill your beautiful macaron shells.

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Place them on your favorite display, or if you’re not ready to eat them, place them in an air tight container and refrigerate!

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These are absolutely wonderful, and they remind me of spring and summer (which is great because today was a dreary, rainy, and windy day).  I hope you guys give it a try, because I guarantee that you and your loved ones will love these : )!

Happy Baking!

– Nikki

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