Campari Orange and Grapefruit Macarons

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Mr. Chadwick would be the hero of this post. Without him coming into my life I am sure it would not be filled with romance, intrigue, adventure, passion, suspense and love. Without him I am sure I would have lived in a very different, colorless world and probably would never have discovered and understood some of the world’s greatest literary classics.

I love reading. I love books. I worship libraries. And I can truly say that I procured this love thanks to my English teacher Mr. Chadwick back when I was at the young and impressionable age of 14. He entered into my life at the cusp of a new school year. I was somewhere between a naive little girlie advancing into a rebel without a cause and was trying hard to find the right path to follow Being just a cool kid or one of the popular people was not cutting it for me. I needed to find a channel to divert my energy and my talent.

Oh I had talent alright – it was there deep inside. I knew it, my parents knew it and a few of my teachers knew it, but I was not making it easy on any of us, by allowing it to appear. This talent needed cajoling and needed filing. It was a talent with an attitude and I was standing in my own way.

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Mr. Chadwick however, was the wizard that found the right button to press. He called me an uncut rough diamond that needed to be polished and cut for the true value to be presented.

With his wonderful and innovative teachings I went on to discover the world of Shakespeare, Dickens, Elliot and Pope. I found emotional intensity in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and wept at the thwarted desire in Hardy’s The Return of the Native, while Keats colored up my Autumn with his ode, a hostile difference to the barren desserts I was living in at the time.

Words poured out of me and I began writing – Mr. Chadwick provided me with the food to nourish my hungry passion with books and stories. He inspired my imagination to think out of the box and unconventionally, something that I do till today.

One of my fondest memory is of the play our class produced. We wrote the script, planned the plot, chose the characters, acted – the whole deal. The story was Romeo and Juliet of course, but the modern version. Several years later I got goosebumps as I watched Leonardo Dicaprio play our Romeo on the big screen.

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Later I went on to do my A’ levels – in English Literature and French Literature nonetheless. Between Maupassant and Chaucer I fondly thought back to Mr. Chadwick, who unfortunately had left, but the impact he left had repercussions throughout my life.

Today I go through books like a termite goes through wood. I read whatever moves my fancy. From Dan Brown, John Case to Helen Fielding, Joanne Harris and Isabel Allende, on to Goethe, Verne, Flemming or Tolkien. My absolute heroine however is Jane Austen. I own all her books and since the age of 17 have read them over and over again. (Please excuse me if some of you are cringing at the names of all these authors in one sentence!)

I am a Gemini and to satisfy each of my personalities I indulge in a variety of genres, authors and styles. I read books – good old books, not a Kindle or an iPad. Although I love technology and all it’s great masterpieces, in my opinion nothing beats the smell of the pages in a book. One of life's true pleasures is simply snuggling deeper into the duvet with the feel of a good book in my hands, turning the crisp pages. Another is walking the aisles of a library, inhaling the scent of old books and trying to capture the moment forever. 

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Luckily Soeren has inherited my gene for this amazing hobby. He is an avid reader and loves stories. We read every night and I am introducing him to some of my all time favorites, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Tom  cultivates his imagination with stories and tales that take him away and feeds his fantasy. Once a month we go to the library and enjoy an hour of browsing and searching for new old books. He loves it as much as I do.

I wonder though in this age if he will feel the love for a good ole book like we do. Or will a futuristic high-tech screen open doors to the old classics for him?

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This month’s macaron creation is inspired by books. They are a bit of James Bond meets Brigitte Jones meets Jane Austen. It’s what I love to do the most – a good book, a good drink and a few sweet treats to nibble on. On a warm summer’s day, you’ll often find me in my hammock with a book, a cool drink and something sweet.

The idea behind Mactweets this month was to make macarons inspired by our favorite book. I have so many and one for every occasion. Some for bitter sweet moments and some for sweet fruity instances and others for the zesty tangy times. These Campari Orange and Grapefruit macarons have it all - fruity, bitter, tangy and zesty - the perfect partner to whatever book you are currently reading. 

Note: If you are making macarons for the first time please read my comprehensive collection of macaron tips. All the way from the prep work to removing macarons from the baking paper, you’ll find valuable tips and tricks for perfect macaron making.

Campari Orange and Grapefruit Macarons

Printable version of recipe here


For the macaron shells

Recipe for macaron shells adapted from Ottolenghi - The Cookbook

110g icing sugar
60g almonds, very finely ground
60g egg whites, (about 2 eggs) aged for either 5 days in the fridge, then for 24 hours at room temperature or a little over 24 hours on the countertop
40g castor sugar
10g dried orange peel
a few drops of orange food coloring

For the filling

210g white chocolate, roughly chopped
10 ml lemon juice
75 ml mix of fresh orange grapefruit juice
25 ml Campari
zest of half an orange and grapefruit, finely grated


For the macaron shells

  1. Prepare your baking tray and baking sheets with a stencil of circles. Draw circles on some baking paper using a (mathematical) compass about 2 cm in diameter. Then place some white parchment paper on the baking tray and flip the baking paper back around. Or use this macaron template.

  2. In a large mixing bowl mix the egg whites with an electric hand beater (alternatively you can use a stand mixer with the whisk attachment) until it is thick and frothy. Gradually add the granulated sugar, whisking all the while, until the mixture turns into a thick glossy meringue. The consistency of the macaron batter should be similar to hair mousse or shaving foam. Make sure the meringue is not over-beaten or else it will be too dry.

  3. In a food processor pulse together icing sugar, almonds and dried orange peel until everything is finely ground and powdery. Sift the mixture 2 or 3 times to make sure there are no lumps.

  4. Place the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the meringue in three portions, giving it a quick fold using the macronnage technique described in my macaron tips section. Add a few drops of orange food coloring to get the desired color tone. Fold the mixture a few times to break the air. Continue until you get a smooth and supple mixture, thick in consistency so that when you lift the spatula it flows back in thick ribbons. Test a small amount on a plate – should the tops fall back and flatten by themselves then it is ready, if not give it a few more folds. 

  5. Fill a piping bag with a plain tip with the batter and pipe small rounds (2 cm in diameter) on your prepared baking paper. Leave the macarons to rest and dry for about 15 to 30 minutes.

  6. In the meantime preheat the the oven to 150 degrees C. When the macarons are ready bake the shells for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Use a flat offset spatula to gently remove the shells from the baking paper and allow to cool further on a rack.

For the filling

  1. Heat the juices and Campari in a small saucepan gently until just steaming but not boiling.

  2. In a double boiler or a metal bowl placed over a pot with simmering water, melt the white chocolate gently.

  3. Slowly pour the juices into the white chocolate and stirring to incorporate into a thin but smooth mixture. Fold in the orange and grapefruit zest and with a rubber spatula mix the entire mixture well.

  4. Transfer the chocolate mixture into a clean bowl cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to thicken. The mixture will be thick and creamy.

  5. Now the mixture can be filled into a piping bag with a plain tip and the macarons are ready to by assembled.

Assembling the macarons 

Pipe small portions of the chocolate-campari filling on one of the shells and gently cover with another shell. Do not press. Continue to do this until you have used up all of the filling and shells.

Storing Macarons
If you are not going to be using them right away you can store the shells in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

They freeze well too but it is recommended to freeze them unfilled. To fill them take the shells out of the freezer 48 hours prior to serving and without defrosting fill them. This way the flavors will be allowed to blend as they thaw.

Macarons taste best the next day. Prepare and fill them, then keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. This allows the flavors to intermingle with each other. Enjoy them at room temperature the next day.




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Growing up I envisaged myself to be a mix of all my favorite characters I met in my literary travels. Sometimes I was a sexy vamp like the glamorous Bond girls, other times I was as clumsy as the incorrigible Brigitte Jones, or as mysterious as Eustacia Vye, longing to escape the restraints of routine in search of adventures, many a times I was as lively and witty as Elizabeth Bennet and still as virtuous and with a good sense of morals as Fanny Price. I do believe that many of them made an impression on my character.

These Campari Orange and Grapefruit macarons are truly sensational. The slight bitterness from the Campari adds the perfect balance to the sweetness of the white chocolate and the macaron shells, while the zesty grapefruit and orange flavors brings the perfect tanginess.

Hope you all have a great weekend with a good book, a cool refreshing drink and maybe a few of these delectable Campari Orange and Grapefruit macarons. But most of all - have fun on your literary adventures!

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  1. Oh! beautiful macs Meeta.. love the colors and the flavors :)) My favorite hobby is reading books too!! :))

  2. Fanny Price as in Nancy Mitford Love in a Cold Climate? OMG that and Pride & Prejudice are two of my favorite books that I read over and over again. We truly are soul sisters! And now I understand where your writing talent comes from! Oh yes, sweet & tart & tangy & sexy you've got it all as do your stunning, utterly perfect macs! Perfect!

  3. Can a book and macarons pair more beautifully than these Meeta? I think not! What a fabulous connect, and utterly gorgeous macs!!
    You think I would have found feet had I read more books when I was young? Well, comics don't seem to have helped!!

  4. Aha! I didn't know mactweets was doing books this month, I think I would probably have actually made macs for that. These are wonderful Meeta, I bet A. would actually like them because he find macs too sweet in general, but we don't have Campari, although I could probably use Cointreau. Yes it is about the books, but it's also about the booze. ;) xx

  5. Oh Meeta, these were worth waiting a whole 24 hours to discover. :-) I love your love of books. It's a passion I share too, and how I treasure my Junior High English teacher who helped me thrive as a budding writer. :-)

  6. This post really moved and impressed me, captured me from the very first words. You have talent, Meeta, now you're a rough diamond anymore, you're shining bright! It's really impressive!
    Ok, macarons are great, pictures are amazing... but with this post your really overdid yourself, oh my!
    By the way, I love Jane Austen above all, Northanger Abby is my favourite and Catherine Morland is my beloved heroine!

  7. I am happy that Mr. Chadwick came to your life otherwise how would you have come to all of our lives with all your hidden talent.
    I am giving a miss this month Mac.
    I love your pairing, i am sure gonna try them once too.
    made your cardamom mousse have posted them in my place. They were yumm.

  8. Simply love the pics, really inviting !!!

  9. These are stunning Meeta! Thank goodness for good English teachers. Between my mother who instilled a love of learning in me (and who happens to be an English professor) and several wonderful English teachers who introduced me to the classics, I have learned to love books as well. Beautiful post!

  10. gorgeous pictures meeta...they're stunning and possibly your best...that's saying a lot for the absolutely stunning picture collection there is on this lemme go back and ogle

  11. They are splendid! Those flavors are terrific.



  12. I love to read books as well..while you love reading literature classics, I love medieval dark fantasy and paranormal books.
    Lovely the citrus infusion in both Mac and drink.

  13. Lovely photos Meeta! Again! :)) Beutiful macarons, i love it's color!

  14. Ooooooh!! I have yet to make these gorgeous little things. I keep wanting to but not quite getting there....will definitely follow every tip I can when I finally do. What fabulous flavour combinations you use. Are you feeling better?? Hugs xxx

  15. Lovely creation Meeta, love, love , love the colors in the pics :) and an awesome write up as well.

  16. Ohh meeta I have been following your blog for a few weeks now...this is the first time im commenting :)...i absolutely luv luv ur blog-the recipes, the styling and the photography!! I am an aspiring food blogger...and am soo looking forward to meeting you at the FBC2010 London :D

  17. another post just for me ! how i adore books, how i adore macarons - and how i just adore your photography and words and sentiments. i am SUCH a paper person, hate how everything is going digital. i still have a filo-fax, ha ! and my mom still sends me the new york times dining & travel sections in the mail ! ;) i buy books like it's going out of style. or wait, is it ? sure hope not.

    your photography above is just stunning - another WOW show-stopping macaron. i wouldn't mind being in a hammock next to yours, reading a book and snacking on those ! :)

  18. Oh, I love your flavor blend going on in the macarons. Sounds divine. Your english teacher is one hell of a muse. I loved traveling down your words effortlessly moving across the page. Beautiful!

  19. Fabulous flavour and pictures!

    It's going to be great when Ted is old enough to start reading him Roald Dahl!

  20. What a gorgeous flavor for macarons!

    They look stunning :)

  21. Wonderful flavors for macarons.. and awesome presentation as ever. Nice write up Meeta..


  22. Beautiful photos and macaroons...I can just taste them!

  23. My goodness Meeta - you've outdone yourself with these beauties - they're lovely! Macs and books - perfect combo too!

  24. What a perfect looking macarons Meeta! That surface is incredibly smooth! And the photos are breathtakingly beautiful as usual too!

  25. Oh la la! These macarons are gorgeous!! their flavour must be delicious, I wish I could try them, now!
    The text is very beautifully written!

  26. I heart macarons and yours look wonderful! Whenever we go to Paris, first stop is always at Laduree for macarons. These have been at the top of my list of things to try to my hand at my own. Looks like you have mastered them. :) Your photos of these beautiful macaron pops are really inspiring.

  27. Your orange macs are picture perfect. So inviting. I love books so do hub. V inherit this from us and her grams. When she was a toddler, she has this favourite cookbook that she'll always bring to her grand-ma to read and the funny thing is that there isn't any food pics in it. She'll randomly flip a page, point a recipe and asked her grand-ma to read it out loud to her. :)

  28. What gorgeous macs Meeta, absolutely gorgeous. as for Jane Austen, yes, I still swoon over Mr Darcy ;-)

  29. Mmmmm... You have just given me an INTENSE craving for macarons.

  30. These macarons are stunning as are your photos. It is amazing how one person can change our lives. It sounds as though Mr. Chadwick certainly did that for you.

  31. James Bond meets Jane Austen and Brigitte Jones? Absolute perfection. As ar the macarons. And Meeta? You've got talent by the bucketload!

  32. What a wonderful post! Certainly, you are a woman of many talents. I also love to read (and not only cookbooks). The macarons look amazing!

  33. so nice to read ur write ups..thats why i came here..and ur recipes and photos are fabulous...
    thanks dear

  34. Perfect macarons! These must be so, so delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe and the gorgeous photos.
    I'd love to know how you obtained such smooth shells. Do you use special almond "flour" ? I've tried "drying" the almond meal in the oven and then regrinding it in a coffee grinder but still can't get such a fine texture.

  35. These are some of the best mac photos I have ever seen in my life. Incredible. Delicious. Beautiful. Perfect with a good book ;>)

  36. I love the colour of these macs. i'm sure they taste good too

  37. Meeta, I love the macaroons recipe & the color is so sexy! I can't stop looking at the pics...great photography!!! Love your site!! :)

  38. Cool for mother's day =)) Keep posting!

  39. I agree with you... there's nothing like flipping a real page of a book rather than a virtual one.
    Your macarons look adorable. I love the color!

  40. Perfect hue, perfect flavours. And yep, I'm unashamedly a huge Jane Austen fan too. If only there were enough hours in the day to read all the books I want to!

  41. thank you so much for all your wonderful comments! yes books and booze really inspired here to make these macarons. so glad you are liking the flavors here.

  42. Hey Meeta,
    Hv been browsing ur page for sumtime now...but seldom left any comment...yes i know..hw rude of me...but m a lil clumsy at getting things done in de rite way.
    coming bk to de mouth can't stop watering ur yummy klicks too.
    Will be bk fr more.

  43. I love Jane Austen too. :-)

    Love the way you have presented your macs. So very elegant, just like those words in an Austen novel.

  44. What gorgeous macarons Meeta, absolutely gorgeous.

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

  45. Gorgeous macarons as usual, and interesting flavours.
    We're a family of bookworms here, and one of our fave pastimes is browsing books in a bookstore. :)
    Chaucer, I'll give a miss. Had to do that for my "O"s but give me Maupassant any day.

  46. I love the photos and the color of these macarons are wonderful. I will have to try this version.

  47. these macarons are a dream!!! not only the flavors, but they also look perfect : creamy and smooth... I so loved to taste :-)

  48. Omg I don't think I could ever make those on my own! You're a genius!

    Check out some yummy Asian-inspired viddles here

  49. Wow! Beautiful photos and lovely entry... thanks for the recipes, too. xx

  50. Unfortunately no teacher inspired me to read like you - but I have many teachers who inspired me to think logically, hence my math skills :) But I do go through cookbooks quickly ;) Great, pretty macs!!

  51. These macarons are beautiful! Love the color and flavor combinations :)

  52. hi meeta..

    i have a question like what will b the texture of macarons when it immediately comes out of oven...will it b hard or soft?

  53. thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments.

    @bhagy - the macarons are firm to touch on the top bt still very fragile. so one should leave them to cool sightly - a few minutes - before attempting to remove them from the oven. as the cool they become firmer. basically the end result must be firm and crispy on the outside soft and gooey on the inside.

  54. Wonderful macs...excellent flavor balance and pretty, too. Just finished Glass Castle by jeannete Wells...quirky and insightful. I've loved books since I was very young and believe that they will live on despite technology...there is something addictive about ink and paper, even for young folks. Wishing you a new novel, cool drink and plate of these macarons and the time to enjoy them all.

  55. What a beautiful macs! They look like something Elizabeth Bennett would aprove of, no doubt she would. Completely enjoyed visiting your blog.

  56. Beautiful recipe!!!! I love mac very much.....

  57. These both look and sound absolutely georgous!


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