Today's post is a great example of how unbelievably spoiled my husband is at times 🙂
Last week, I was craving macarons. As there was nothing open / nearby, I decided to just make my own. I find that commercially made ones don't have enough flavour, anyway.
So as I was deciding what kind of macarons I wanted to make, somehow the subject of cooking / baking with hops came up. I hadn't done any hop recipe development in a while - the Hoppy Citrus IPA Glazed Wings and Hoppy IPA BBQ Sauce recipes were the last I'd done up, and that was during the harvest last fall - our current hop growth is already starting to threaten our entire side yard, this season!
Anyway, I ended up developing two separate hop flavoured macaron recipes yesterday. These were especially made for my hop head husband, who really believes that "The more bitter, the better!". Hops, chocolate, whatever - that's his thing.
This first recipe uses Centennial hops, known for their citrussy notes. Cascade hops would also work well, especially if you're less into the bitterness - Cascade has all the flavour of Centennial hops, but with less bitterness.
If SUPER hoppy IPAs aren't your thing, you'll probably want to cut back the hops to about 1 Tbsp worth. I'm not a huge fan of hops on their own, and these are only slightly too bitter for me - the filling really balances it out. The bitterness builds and leaves a nice aftertaste.
As a final note, I recommend you read my first post about making macarons if you are at ALL intimidated by the idea of making these: The Easy Way to Make Macarons. The only change I've made since then, is that I sifted the ingredients together, on account of the hop leaves. They turned out perfectly!
Oh, and I did eventually get to put on a batch of macarons for ME, after all of this hop macaron craziness 🙂
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