Honey & White Chocolate Ganache Filled Macarons

12 February 2011

Honey & White Chocolate Ganache Filled Macarons

I remember having this conversation with a colleague at work about Valentine’s Day.   He was quite stressed about making sure he picked up the right card, flowers, candy…the works for his wife. Not so odd, right?   However, it was the severity in which he professed it, as if he was in confession.   According to him, there was no way, shape or form could he walk through the door at home without bearing these tokens of his undying affections.   Do significant others really place such high expectations for the commercial items of cards, flowers, chocolates, jewelry, etc?     Shouldn’t it really be about the loving things you do all the time for each other…not just on February 14th?

In the loving spirit of what Valentine’s is about, I’ve made pastel pink macarons adorned with three pearly sugar beads on the top shells. But wait…the best is yet to come!    In between those delicate macaron shells is a creamy, honey and white chocolate ganache filling. I’ve modified a white chocolate ganache recipe from Macarons: Authentic French Cookie Recipes from the Macaron Cafe by Cecile Cannone. See my Chocolate French Macaron post for the macaron shell recipe. The ganache recipe will actually make much more than you’re going to need if you follow the Tartelette’s recipe.

The flavor of the ganache really comes through after you’ve refrigerated them. Set out 10-15 minutes at room temperature before serving.

Teenie Notes

  • Used about 2 drops of pastel pink food coloring paste.
  • Added 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract to the filling.
  • After beating the ganache and adding all the butter, I filled a pastry bag with it and refrigerated for about an hour. Give it some time to set before piping.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • After piping and assembling your macarons, refrigerate them in an airtight container until they are cold.
  • To serve, set out at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before serving.
Honey & White Chocolate Ganache
Ingredients

7 ounces white chocolate, cut into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly cold

Directions

In a saucepan over low heat, melt and blend the white chocolate, cream and honey, consistently, gently stirring with a wooden spoon.

Pour the white chocolate mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer and let it cool to room temperature. Add the vanilla extract to the cooled mixture in the mixing bowl and with the wire whip attachment, beat at a high speed. Add butter in small pieces and continue beating until the ganache is light and fluffy.

Honey & White Chocolate Ganache Filled Macarons

by Cristina A-Moore

Desserts · Macaron Mania

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Amber March 9, 2012

I made this filling, and it was absolutely delicious. It was very runny though. I whipped it after several hours in the refrigerator so that it would at least hold its shape. It then looked great, but ran out of the macarons very easily. Is it supposed to be thicker? I’m not sure if it was the quality of my chocolate or what. The only other thing I could think was that maybe the butter amount was a typo? I thought 3 1/2 teaspoons was an odd amount of butter. Well regardless, it was a big hit. My toddler lapped it up like a cat.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes March 9, 2012

Hi Amber: Macarons usually taste better after being a day in the refrigerator. This gives the macaron shells and the filling time to flavor meld and the filling sets.

I did modify the amount of butter used from the original recipe, but I must apologize to you that I mis-typed the amount. It should be 3 1/2 tablespoons vs. the 3 1/2 teaspoons. So in addition to allowing the filling have time to set, the amount of butter to bind it may have been a factor. My apologies for my oversight.

It sounds like you made some tasty macarons and that you’ve mastered the shells. Thank you for taking the time to share about your macs!

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Christina March 3, 2011

I’ve been wanting to learn how to make macarons, these look so cute and yummy

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Evan @swEEts March 2, 2011

Your macarons are perfect! I got a big box when I was in Austin this weekend and now I have to make some myself.. lovely recipe :)

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Magic of Spice February 19, 2011

These are just so lovely and I agree with your sentiment…it’s a shame that it is actually that way for many.

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briarrose February 16, 2011

The pink is just adorable. Love the honey flavor in the ganache….pure yummy.

I can’t imagine being that stressed over picking out the perfect thing for Valentine’s Day. It should be about the things you do all year round that’s most important. Valentine’s Day is honestly just an excuse for me to create super cute goodies. ;)

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Susi February 16, 2011

Macarons are one of the “monsters” I’m looking forward to tackling this year. So far I have always just admired them on blogs like yours. Your macarons are simply stunning and I have bookmarked this post for inspiration when I do tackle them :o) Beautiful!

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Karen February 16, 2011

Cristina, these look so exquisite and delicate! The addition of honey in the ganache is lovely. These little beauties make any day Valentine’s Day!

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tasteroom February 15, 2011

I bet those taste as good as they look! Great post as usual.

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denise @ bread expectations February 15, 2011

Beautiful post Cristina and breathtaking macarons – can’t get enough of those dainty sugar pearls! You know, if men treated their lady loves better throughout the year, we wouldn’t need Valentine’s Day ;) You sound like you have found the love of your life, you lucky, lucky girl :)

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Kate @ Diethood.com February 15, 2011

Congrats on Top 9!!! These are beautiful!

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Juliana February 15, 2011

Cristina, your macs look gorgeous, so delicate and perfect in pink…hope you had a great V Day ;-)

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Monet February 14, 2011

Hi sweet thing! It is so sad to see how commercialized Valentine’s can be. I know that Ry and I try to celebrate our love each day of the year! But I must say that these macarons would be perfect treats for V-day. They look and sound delectable. I love the though of that ganache! Thank you for sharing with me tonight. Hugs and well wishes from Austin!

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5 Star Foodie February 14, 2011

Wow, these are so pretty, love the while chocolate and honey filling, excellent!

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Pudding Pie Lane February 14, 2011

I really don’t think you need massive gestures for Valentine’s – I think the more personal effort you put in is more heartfelt. Like making these macaroons, now that really shows you love that special person :)

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Adelina February 14, 2011

love the colors and it’s perfect shapes. thanks for sharing and happy valentines to you :)

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Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow February 14, 2011

Those are so beautiful! Perfect for Valentine’s day!!

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Claire February 14, 2011

OMG. These look SO FREAKING fabulous!!!! How cute are they for Valentine’s!!!

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Matt @ FaveDiets February 14, 2011

This looks like such a wonderful recipe. I’d love it if you would be willing to share this on my blog hop!

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Andrea February 14, 2011

These are spectacular!

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Joy February 14, 2011

Those are adorable. They look wonderful.

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Felice February 14, 2011

Your macarons I so pretty and I love how you stacked them in the baking case. It is such a marketing ploy to put a huge emphasis on this one day. I would rather be more loving on every day that put it all into one day.

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alyce February 14, 2011

Congrats on your top 9! Your photos are beautiful.

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Lindsey at Burn Me Not February 14, 2011

These macarons look so dainty. :) Love them! And that ganache sounds exquisite!

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Celia February 14, 2011

These are gorgeous! So delicate – in both looks and flavor

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Sandy February 14, 2011

Gorgeous Christina, and congrats on being in the top 9 at Foodbuzz-well deserved. Happy Valentine’s Day

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Jeannie February 14, 2011

Wow! Lovely macarons! simply goreous!

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Eftychia February 14, 2011

How beautiful! Very nice presentation. They really look delicious. Thank you for sharing!

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Lori Lynn February 14, 2011

Exquisite!
Have Valentine’s Day and Congrats on Top 9! YAY!
LL

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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 13, 2011

These are just stunning, Cristina! I hope to eventually try macarons again one day. You are an inspiration! And gosh, that color! So femmy. Great job on these, truly.

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Roxan February 13, 2011

Beautiful macarons! I need to get back on the macaron horse and go for my second attempt with them. They’re just so intimidating though, although it doesn’t look like you have any problem with them at all!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes February 13, 2011

LOL! Hi Roxan: I do have macaron failures – I think everyone does that makes them. There are good days and sometimes things can be off. I do hate wasting ingredients, but sometimes it happens when trying to perfect these finicky cookies. Don’t give up if you enjoy eating them. =)

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Sara February 13, 2011

We do not celebrate V day. No flowers, no romantic extreme gestures. We go out for a concert together or we stay home like we did last year. I really don’t like that people put so many high expectation on this day. I would be totally happy if my hubby came back home with these macarons though :) they look so pretty and the white chocolate ganache is my favorite filling

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes February 13, 2011

Hi Sara:
I’m totally in agreement w/you about the expectations of the day.

Some years there will be chocolates and cards…some homemade and some bought. I’m tickled and melt when Hubby does buy flowers, but I don’t expect it – which makes it even more meaningful to me. I’m practical and maybe a stick-in-the-mud about this – but I’d rather save the money for those types of things for other things. It’s about acknowledging the ones you love…not about the price tag & qty attached to the tokens – In my own opinion. :)

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Victor @ Random Cuisine February 13, 2011

These are some delicious macaroons. Love the colorful presentation!

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Rachel { Mother's Mementos } February 13, 2011

Sooooo pretty!

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Lora February 13, 2011

Macaron pink perfection. The photos are stunning. Love the ganache.

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 13, 2011

The delicate flavor of honey sounds like it would just perfect with the white chocolate ganache. Beautiful macarons, so pretty and delicate.

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Christine @ Fresh Local and Best February 12, 2011

These macarons are so delicate and feminine looking! I just love it! I’m intimidated with the idea of making macarons, one of these days when I have the courage I will try macaron making.

I feel badly for your coworker. It seems like something that happened in the past is causing him to lose sight of the significance of this holiday.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes February 13, 2011

Hi Christine: If you like macarons, it’s fun and challenging. I won’t say it’s not frustrating, as I’ve had my big flops – macarons with no feet and macarons that don’t look anything like a macaron. I luv ‘em, though.

My coworker was more afraid of his wife. She put so much pressure on high expectations of “things” that he became a cowardly lion of sorts, terrified that she wouldn’t be happy with what he walked in the door with. I felt sad for him.

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Tiffany February 12, 2011

I think the honey-white chocolate combo is, well, genius! I totally want to try this!!!!! :D

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redkathy February 12, 2011

Oh my Christina I think these are your best macarons yet! I too wonder why partners get so caught up in the commercial aspect. I would much rather give those flowers on a rainy day.

Have a happy valentines day!

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes February 13, 2011

Thanks Kathy…it’s turned into a very commercial day. While the idea is sweet, it does place pressure on tokens of love that I truly believe is what you do the other 364 days of the years vs just that one day. It’s a touchy subject for some who truly feel otherwise. I hope you have a fantastic day too! :)

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El February 12, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The Rowdy Chowgirl February 12, 2011

So beautiful and pink! I want these!

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Barbara | VinoLuciStyle February 12, 2011

These are so pretty. I have to get back on the horse as it were…I’ve tried macarons a couple of times and neither the look nor the flavor stellar enough for me to care about attempting again. Add high altitude to any other variables and it’s a crap shoot each time; not the normal odds I prefer when spending this amount of time or money for a cookie!

However, you filling sounds divine…so I’ll have a spoon handy in the event I get another macaron #FAIL! :)

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bunkycooks February 12, 2011

These are just beautiful! I think I will send this post to the hubs as a Valentine’s card! :)

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Lindsey @ Gingerbead Bagels February 12, 2011

Wow your macarons are absolutely stunning! And the flavors sound amazing. :)

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Angie's Recipes February 12, 2011

Beautiful macarons! My husband will love white chocolate ganache filling.

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Pachecopatty February 12, 2011

Pretty in pink for Valentines day and such a lovely post, it feels like a Valentines card, thanks ;-)

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes February 13, 2011

I LOVE that tag…Pretty In Pink! I should’ve named this post that. :)

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Miriam/The Winter Guest February 12, 2011

Gorgeous macarons!

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