You didn't think I was going to miss out on making lilac flavor macarons did you? Nahh. This post was inevitable for Lilacpalooza. Most of you know my love of making wacky flavored French macarons as well as my wee obsession with sometimes dressing them up.
I had to try lilac flavor in mac making and was very happy with the result, even if the feet did not turn out so pretty in this batch. When something smells and tastes like lilac, one tends to forget about unsightly feet.
The original plan was to add lilac blossoms to the shells right after piping them but I chickened out for two reasons. One was I didn't know how they would affect the shells growing their feet and the other was I was afraid if the blossoms burned, the shells would be ruined. Next time I will suck it up and try the flowers on the shells. Also I made some lilac sugar after these were finished. Next time I would swap the lilac version for the regular granulated sugar in the shell recipe below.
So for this batch the lilac color is in the shells and the flavor is in the lilac buttercream accentuated with homemade lilac syrup and fresh lilac blossoms. The lilac flavor is delicate but it's another unusual macaron recipe to add to the Mad Hausfrau recipe files.