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Makecaron Macarons: Make Your Own Ganache Fillings #Weekly Menu Plan

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Product was provided by Makecaron for this post but opinions are 100% mine.

Macarons the light heavenly almond cookie that the French are know for has never been a make at home cookie until NOW.  

The shell of a a macaron requires too much equipment, and too much fuss for a home cook, but the filling, the ganache is not very difficult to make and it is the ganache that really gives a macaron it's flavor.   

The French pastry chef Francois Payard realized that home cooks would enjoy the pleasure of creating their own fillings and the Make-caron was born.

My daughter and I had such a good time coming up with ganache fillings. What a special treat our completed cookies were when we presented to our family. Everyone was so impressed that we made the fillings. We didn't tell them how easy it was to do!

If you have a parent who loves to cook with her kids or a lover of French desserts on your holiday list. I highly recommend sending her a box or two of Make-carons.

Click here to order Make-carons and to check out recipes that others have shared for fillings. 

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Ganache: Lemon, Chocolate & Raspberry Brandy

by Diane Balch and Daughter simplelivingeating.com

Note: Ganache can be used to fill any type of cookie or pastry. We like putting it inside puffed pastry. You can also roll it into balls and refrigerate them to make truffles.

Ingredients for Lemon Ganache:

12 ounces of white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of Lemon extract
1 cup of heavy cream
1 pinch of salt

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:

12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of corn-syrup
2 teaspoons of coffee
1 cup of heavy cream
1 pinch of salt  

Ingredients for Raspberry Brandy Ganache:

12 ounces of white chocolate chips
6 ounces of fresh raspberries chopped
1 tablespoon of brandy
1 pinch of salt
3/4 cup of heavy cream

Directions for the Lemon and the Chocolate Ganache:

1) Put chocolate in a double boiler or metal bowl that fits on top of a sauce pan filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and stir the chocolate until it melts.

2) When the chocolate is melted take the bowl off of the heat and whisk in the corn syrup and coffee (for chocolate ganache) or lemon extract for (lemon ganache) and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

3) Bring the cream to a boil in a separate sauce pan. 

4) Slowly whisk the cream into the melted chocolates. 

5) Refrigerate ganache until it is firm enough to pipe on to cookies, about 30 minutes. 

Directions for Raspberry Brandy Ganache or any fruit Ganache:

1) On medium high heat bring raspberries, brandy and salt to a boil in a sauce pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer until it thickens a little. 

2) Bring heavy cream to a boil in a separate sauce pan. 

3) When cream is boiled slowing mix it into the raspberry sauce.

4) Refrigerate until firm enough to pipe into cookies about 40 minutes.

making ganache
My daughter making ganache.

ganache cooling
Finished ganache before they went into the refrigerator.

filling macarons
Filling the macarons.

filling macarons
Easy to do with a piping bag.

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Picheisteiner German Stew

Meatless Monday: Black Bean Enchiladas with Guacamole

Tuesday: Shrimp and Veggies over Fried Polenta

Wednesday: Crockpot Curry Pork and Brown Jasmine Rice

Thursday: Mahi-Mahi Burgers from Trader Joes and a  Green Salad

Friday: Chicken with Trader Joe's Red Curry Sauce, Kale, and Brown Rice

Saturday: Leftovers

This post is shared on the following food/craft parties. Be sure to check them out:

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ 21st Century Housewife
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen
Tasty Tuesday #Anyonita Nibbles

Wednesday Food:

 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch

Friday Food:

Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 
Get Him Feed @ Anyonita Nibbles


  1. Chicken with curry sounds fabulous and I love making black bean enchiladas too - tasty, cheap, and healthy. :-) Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Deanna I think we have a good variety of dishes this week.

  2. I personaly don't like macarons, but I adore their look!!
    The coloring is so tempting

    1. I hope you'll try out the ganache. We had a lot of fun making it.

  3. Fabulous! I've always wanted to make these :)

    1. Thanks, the ganache is really fun to experiment with.

  4. I don't think I've ever had a macaron. This is such a fun and creative idea.

    1. They are all the rage in NYC right now. The colors are so festive. If you ever see them definitely give them a try the texture is amazing.

  5. I've seen these cookies before at events, but I didn't know anything about them until reading your post. I always loved the bright colors. Now I'm intrigued!

    Thanks for sharing your macarons at Motivation Monday, and have a fabulous week!

    1. You are welcome Barb, yes they are gorgeous looking and tasting. I spoke to a blogger who makes them and she said it took a year to really get the hang of it. I think I will stick to just making the filling.

  6. I am so exited with this awesome collection of Ganache recipes. Your meal plan for the week looks wonderful, I could eat at your house everyday. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

    1. You are so sweet Miz Helen, thank you, thank you so much.

  7. I wouldn't have expected it to be so simple! I would have loved making this with my daughter when she was younger. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.


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