My husband grew up calling them “Purple Cow” drinks. To the rest of us, we would probably call it a grape creamsicle slush. We are currenly calling them, get-in-my-mouth-you-delish-purple-cow-things OR Grape slush french macarons for short.
We knew we had to mac this flavor when my husband yanked out the blender, ice cream, grape frozen juice concentrate and a mega watt smile. I will admit, I too forgot how good this drink combo could be. Tart tangy grape mixed with the sweet creamy ice cream. A true home run for tastebuds.
Now, I like to bake but never before have I tried my hand at making a grape reduction. So off to Orson Gygi I went looking for a grape Emulsion that could do the job. We stumbled on this LorAnn Oil in the grape flavor. RECIPE NOTE: 2-3 drops will do. Its highly concentrated and pretty much the prettiest purple of all time, so go with the adage, “a little goes a long way”
We are seasoned Ice cream mac makers, check out our post all about Macarons and ice cream and unicorns, and well, no unicorns, but their should be!
To decorate these macs to give them the full blown cow look, we pulled out our edible markers, (Make sure they are edible) and drew some fun cow prints on the shells.
MODIFICATIONS TO THE RECIPE:
For This recipe you will take out 1/3 of the buttercream and set it aside. Once you have done that add 2-3 drops of LorAnn Grape flavored oil to the bowl of buttercream (The larger portion). If you would like the color to be a little deeper, we used Americolor Violet and added a few drops. Just mix until well combined.
Place grape buttercream in seperate bag than the sweet cream butter cream. Pipe a ring around the outside and the grape buttercream and fill with well with the sweet cream. Repeat until all are finished.
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SweetMacShop Macaron Shells
- baker's half sheet pans: high quality baking sheets with rimmed edges
- KitchenAid stand mixer
- parchment paper or silpat baking mats (with macaron template)
- oven thermometer
- piping bag
- Wilton Tip #12
- food scale that will measure in grams or ounces
- scribe (a sharp, pointed tool), or a toothpick
- digital minute timer
- 160 grams egg whites room temperature
- 88 grams granulated sugar
- 256 grams powdered sugar
- 200 grams almond flour
- 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 285 for steel pans, or 300 for aluminum pans. Preheat for at least 10 minutes.
- Measure out your granulated sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
- Measure powdered sugar, almond flour together, then use a sifter to combine. This will make them smooth and lump-free. Set aside.
- Place your bowl on the surface of your food scale. Hit the "tare" button to zero out the weight of the bowl. Now measure the room temperature egg whites into the bowl of your KitchenAid stand mixer.
- Add the clear vanilla extract.
- Place bowl on mixer stand (this recipe is for the KitchenAid mixer), and attach the wire whisk beater. Set timer for one minute. Turn mixer to Speed 4, and slowly add sugar to egg whites, shaking it in a little at a time during that first minute.
- When timer goes off, set mixer to Speed 6, and set timer for 2 minutes.
- When timer goes off, set mixer to Speed 8, and set timer for 1 and 1/2 minutes (90 seconds). Coloring may be added just before this last mixing. Egg whites should look silky, yet stiff enough to hold the peak.
- Now we'll make the macronage: blend in dry ingredients, by moving a flexible spatula around the bowl, then cutting down through the middle, making sure to scrape the bottom for the flour and incorporate it into the meringue. You know you are done when the batter rolls off the spatula in a continuous ribbon. Batter will be thick…but can flow like a ribbon.
- BAKER'S NOTE: I have several videos of making macronage in my Instagram Highlights.
- Insert Wilton #12 tip into the small opening of your piping bag. Scoop the macronage into the bag, filling only half-way full, leaving room to twist the top closed in order to keep the batter from spilling out the top. Pipe the macrons by applying pressure until the batter flows out and just reaches the inner rim of the marked circle on your mat. Immediately release pressure and swirl tip to incorporate point back into the center of the cookie. See my tips on Instagram Highlights.
- NOTE: if you will be using parchment paper — search for online — then download a template of circles and place underneath your parchment paper. You'll remove this before baking.
- Once the full pan is piped, gently (or aggressively–no judgement here) bang the pan down onto the counter to release air bubbles. I usually place a towel on the counter before banging the pan. Use your scribe or toothpick to pop any large bubbles, in order to create smooth shells.
- PREP FOR BAKING, METHOD ONE: Place your parchment paper or silpat mat on the bottom of an upside-down baker's half sheet. Pipe your circles. Let rest about 5 minutes, bang (see above) then place them to bake in a pre-heated oven.
- PREP FOR BAKING, METHOD TWO: Place your parchment paper or silpat mat on the inside of a baker's half sheet (like normal). Pipe your circles. Let rest until your finger can glide across the top of the mac without stickiness, often up to 30 minutes. Bang (see above), then place them to bake in a pre-heated oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Once out of the oven, DO NOT — I repeat — do not remove from pan until they are completely cooled.
- This recipe yields 36-42 completed cookies (about 72-84 shells).