This month for Mac Tweets we’re taking a walk on the wild side and creating a macaron inspired by the wild animal of our choice. Most of you probably don’t know that a flock of flamingos lives at my house. Every year for the last 26 years, Santa Flamingo delivers a flamingo to my husband to join the flock. Sometimes more than one flamingo a year takes up residence at our house.
Since we all know flamingos enjoy macarons, I decided to invite the flock inside for a macaron party. Many of the flamingos were shy and didn’t want to come out of hiding to get their picture taken. The toilet plunger flamingo is an especially shy variety.
I bought my first box of Wilton Icing Colors so that my flamingo macs would be a gorgeous pink color. I don’t know if I was too worried about getting the color right and didn’t whip my egg whites enough, or if it was the fact that I only left the egg whites on the counter a couple of hours, or maybe it was all the rain we’ve been getting, but no matter the reason, my batter was too thin.
I added some extra almond meal and powdered sugar, but not enough. I knew it wasn’t going to pipe well as soon as i was putting it in the bag. But at that point I figured it was probably over mixed and I wasn’t going to get feet anyway, so I just forged ahead. I’ve decided the reason they all ran together was because they are flamingo macs and flamingos live in colonies and don’t like to be alone.
I used the Ottolenghi Macaron recipe that I’ve posted before and added a teaspoon of lemonade powder. I filled them with some Strawberry Freezer Jam I made recently. These weren’t the prettiest macs I’ve ever made, but they were delicious, maybe even my favorite flavor yet. The flamingos seem very pleased with the macs made in their honor.
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NO REASON NEEDED
No feet, no problem. I'd have helped eat them.
So adorable, Barbara! I love flamingos…AND pink macarons!
Totally adorable. Gorgeous feet. I can't seem to get them in lower temp. Mind boggling.
Stunning pink macarons!! Waw!!!
What a grand & lovely post, that's for sure!!
Barbara, lovely post…love the flamingos and the pic mac are perfect. So cute 😉
Flamingo plunger?! How fun. These are so cute. I've never made macarons so I have nothing to compare them to, but they look darling to me 🙂
Loved absolutely everything about this post, Barbara. What a perfect way to start the day! Thanks so much for such a charming post, and congrats on those gorgeous macs! Off to make the freezer jam right now….! Cheryl in NC
you're great!What lovely idea!congratulations for your creativity!A big hug from italy
You are so creative, how did you get all the cooking genes sis. I think this is great!
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Gorgeous shade of pink! Your macs turned out beautiful and I very much enjoyed the tie in with your lovely flock of flamingos! =)
These are so pretty Barbara! What a cute flamingo collection! I have a new appreciation for them now.
I love the pink macs. Fun to hear about your collection, now everytime I see one I shall think of you guys.
I want a flamingo mac. Maybe you should bring a batch to San francisco! 😉
Love the pink macarons and love the flamingos! I especially love the big guy:) Great post, Barbara!
Love the bright pink. These macarons are very cute!
Your macs are beautiful, Barbara. I love that rich color you achieved. They can be fussy little things and I've heard that the weather can have a significant effect.
I had my macs all planned out and just couldn't get the time to put them together. Hopefully, next time.
Will you come to my house and give me a MAC tutorial? I'm serious!
I love your flamingo collection! You tell that flamingo plunger that he needs to join the group and eat some of those macs!
Haha! You are too cute,.. Way to rationalize those uncooperative Macs! I love the color!
Fabulous Flamingos, and gorgeous macarons. I loved this post Barbara, well done!
I love it! It's so fun to collect something – well ANYthing – it makes life so interesting… I've never tried these legendary macs, but you're so convincing I may have to take the plunge.