Lavender Tea With Lemon French Macarons
This recipe was inspired by Kelly’s Tea Party for a Cause. “Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are proud to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for Ovarian Cancer. Electrolux has committed to donate $750,000 to this worthy cause.” (From Kelly Confidential website).
Ovarian cancer is a tricky one for us ladies. The symptoms are mild and often mask as other non-cancer related issues. There is no effective screening test. And while science and early detection are improving the survival rate, this form of cancer is still a real and dangerous threat: “…ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. The National Cancer Institute estimates 21,850 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States in 2010 and about 13,580 women will die from the disease.”
I’ve had a blast playing with recipes for this event, and when my fifth batch of French Macarons came together, I knew I wanted this to be my submission. Laced with subtle lavender and tart lemon, these are the perfect little delicate treats to balance on dainty fingers and follow with a cup of tea. And they’re naturally gluten-free and dairy free (depending on the filling), so they’re a treat for those of us with food intolerance.
Now macarons are tricky. This was my fifth and most successful try. Check out my blog posts on A Cup of Macaron and French Macarons Take One for tips on what did not work and what improved dramatically. What I’ll stress here is to let your egg-whites sit for at least 24 hours, covered with a paper towel, at room temperature. This will help some of the water evaporate and the protein build. Also, when whipping egg whites, start on low and increase the speed, and do not overwhip. You want stiff peaks but a glossy batter.