Earlier this spring when I was searching for flavor combinations for the boxes of macarons that I was doing, I stumbled across this recipe on Yael's Yummies. Lime and Basil....YUM! Okay, so maybe it sounds a little different, but the freshness of these flavors combined has no doubt become a fast favorite!
I started with macaron recipe from my previous post here. I kept the macaron itself just lime flavored. I added the zest from one lime, but you could certainly add more depending on your personal taste. I also add a combination of green and lime green gel coloring to get that beautiful bright green color, this of course is optional, I just really like it when the color represents the flavor you will be experiencing!
I adapted the orginal recipe slightly, the measurements below are the changes I have made.
Lime & Basil Filling:
1 stick (1/2 C butter)
1/2 C + 1/3 C powdered sugar
1 lime (zest and juice)
5 fresh basil leaves - finely chopped (give or take a few depending on flavor preference :)!)
Combine all ingredients except basil leaves in mixer until creamy, fold the chopped basil leaves into the mixture until combined. I like to pipe my filling onto my macarons so edge is smooth and uniform...maybe a little type A personality (thanks mom:)!), but you can pipe or spread as much filling as you would like between the two cookies. I have found that when using a reasonable amount of filling, one batch fills about two batches of the macaron recipe. Trust me, you probably want to make two batches!!
I would love to hear your thoughts if any of you try these! Enjoy!