photos by Jared Smith
I’ll eat pie in just about any form, and preferably with a side of freshly scooped ice cream. That doesn’t exactly make me a connoisseur or anything (unless we’re talking queen of sugar high’s), but I do like to think it entitles me to a little pie experimenting of my own. Of course this wouldn’t be Sugar & Cloth if it wasn’t in the form of macarons, so I’ve taken it upon myself to bring a little Thanksgiving touch to my favorite bite-sized dessert with these DIY pie macarons.
For the sake of winning bets, does anyone instantly recognize what type of pie the light green is? Jared and I have an on-going debate of whether or not people will know what it is without me having to explain myself, and from the reactions around the studio so far, I’m losing…
Combine a one drop of orange gel coloring, and a half a drop of yellow food coloring into almond extract and stir. Pour a little of that mixture into a separate bowl and add a bit more almond extract to the second bowl, and stir.
These two colors will be what you use for the “pumpkin pie” and the “pie crusts”. The one that has more almond extract than color will be used the pie crusts, and the more saturated color will be the center of the pumpkin.
Use a paint brush to pie the edges of the crust around the macaron, and then make criss-cross lines for some of the macs to look like braided crusts.
Using food pens, color in the “berries” in between the painted lines until they look full.
For the pumpkin, lemon, and key lime (!!), paint the edges of the crusts and then use food pens to color the centers.
When it’s dry, pipe a small star with cookie icing on top to look like whipped cream. When you’re all done, you’ll have perfectly cute mini pies!
For the mint green pie pop quiz: it’s key lime! Come on, you guys! Maybe it seems obvious to me since we just got back from a trip to Key West (home of key lime pie), but I don’t know how many other flavors out there have a mint green connotation!
Alright, alright. I know most of you won’t be adding hand-painted cookies to your list of Thanksgiving to-do’s, but they’re fun to look at right?!
Be sure to check out the rest of our #glossaryofmacs projects right here!