It’s an awareness . . . and remembrance . . . and prevention . . . and support. And for the second year in row, Deeba and Jamie over at Mactweets are honoring and supporting Pinktober with Mac Attack #24 Pinktober Macarons. I am proud to be able to support Pinktober and the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) by posting my 2011 Pinktober Macarons.
I thought what would be pinkish that would honor and support the awareness of breast cancer. I decided on raspberries and pomegranates both of which are packed with antioxidants and among the top fruits that increase immunity against some diseases and prevention of certain types of cancer. And these powerhouse fruits could not go unmatched without . . . dark chocolate–also known for its health benefits and a girl’s best friend.
I wanted to add something special to honor all of the courageous women battling breast cancer. And if only for a second or a minute or two, these little sparkling gems put a smile on their face, then my heart will rest assure that I have supported Pinktober in my own little way. So what are these little gems that I wanted to add to my Pinktober Macarons? Raspberry and Pomegranate Pate de Fruit. These chewy confections pack intense fruit flavor. And even better they are sweet and luxurious.
Making these macs I did a few “firsts”–first time making pate de fruit, using hazelnut flour/meal to replace a fraction of the almond flour, and using unblanched almond flour. The verdict on using the different type of flours–definitely a different taste and texture. I am still on the fence on the taste of hazelnut macarons, but I did like that the unblanched almond flour yields a more rustic looking macaron. And the pate de fruit? Sweet, but in a good way?! I used some raspberry puree and some pomegranate juice that I reduced down to get a more intense flavor. It does take awhile to make and it was nerve-wrecking for me stiring the fruit mixture over the hot stove! But I was equipped with the best recipe and directions from Tartelette. If you are interested in making your own pate de fruit and getting some “eye candy” from her amazing photographs in the process, then you need to check out her blog. The post that I adapted for my raspberry/pomegranate pate de fruit was her Strawberry and Rhubarb Pate de Fruit. Although it is not obvious from my photos, I used a small flower cutter to cut the pate de fruit.
My 2011 Pinktober Macarons: Raspberry Pomegranate Macarons with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Pate de Fruit
And if these don’t put a smile on your face then the fellow below with the dreamy eyes will. Click on him and it will take you to the Mactweets blog where you will find talented mactweeters honoring Pinktober and supporting the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.