1 teaspoon rosewater (I got mine at a Turkish food store)
1/4 cup white chocolate, for topping
2 tablespoons dried rose petals, for topping
for the center bit
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Bonne Maman Raspberry Preserves
1/2 teaspoon rosewater
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Heat a small pot of water over medium heat until it steams. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine egg whites and granulated sugar. Place bowl over steaming pot, creating a double boiler.
Whisk egg whites and sugar until sugar melts completely and egg whites become white and frothy, 1 to 1.5 minutes. Remove from heat and place bowl back onto standing mixer.
Fit standing mixer with whisk attachment and whisk on high speed for 2-3 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Congratulations, you just made a Swiss meringue!
Sift together almond flour and powdered sugar, then gently shake into meringue bowl. Add in red food coloring and rosewater.
Place bowl onto stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Turn mixer to medium speed and whisk for 10 seconds. Stop mixer and use a spatula to scoop up some of the batter. If you can make a figure-eight with the dripping batter without the batter breaking, you can stop. But most likely you will need another 3-5 seconds. So repeat process, and try the figure-eight again. The best way to describe the perfect consistency is like slow moving lava. It should give, but only slightly, like in slow-motion.
Once your batter is the correct consistency, scoop it into a large pastry bag fitted with a 1 inch tip. Pipe silver dollar-sized circles onto prepared baking sheets, keeping about 1.5 inches between each meringue. Bang baking sheet on counter 3 times to remove any air bubbles.
Here’s the fun part: you don’t need to let them air dry. Just pop them into the prepared oven for 13 minutes, turning around halfway through, then allow to cool completely before removing from baking sheets.
While the macarons are baking, make the buttercream. Cream the butter in a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment.
Add in the powdered sugar, whole milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat for 60 seconds, until the frosting is nicely whipped. If the frosting is too dry, add in another tablespoon of whole milk.
Scoop mixture into a piping bag fitted with a ½ inch star tip. Once the macarons have cooled completely, pipe the buttercream around the perimeter of the underside of half of your macarons, leaving the center empty.
Mix the raspberry preserves with the rosewater (a little goes a long way!). Spoon a teaspoon of the rose-scented raspberry preserves into the center. Sandwich with another macaron. Repeat with all macarons.
Last, melt your white chocolate in the microwave on low power. Drizzle it over your macarons, then top with dried rose petals! I finished with gold decorating sugar, but that was just for fun 🙂