Pistachio and lemon macarons

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When it comes to macarons, I have a penchant for fruity ones: the sharpness of a punchy filling with the sweetness of the shell hits the spot for me every time.

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Ever since I finally got to grips with macarons a few years ago (after literally dozens of failed attempts), I like to make a batch every few weeks or so. This particular batch is one I prepared for a macaron lesson I was giving at home for some avid bakers.

The shells are made with almost a 50-50 mixture of pistachios and almonds, rather than use 100% almonds, and just a little powdered green food colour. You can increase the pistachio content if you prefer.

One of the simplest fillings!

The filling is simply equal quantities of lemon curd and melted white chocolate: the chocolate sets the curd just enough so that it doesn’t ooze out and you get a lovely sharp flavour.

Finishing off

I had some dried raspberry pieces left from an earlier bake, so I dabbed a little white chocolate on the macaron shells and sprinked over the dried raspberry.

Top tip

Use powdered colours rather than gel or liquid colours so that you do not get excess moisture in the shells. Powder is also stronger so you need less of it but can still get more vibrant colours if you wish

The recipe

My recipe for macarons, which has details for every step of the process, including top tips and troubleshooting pointers, can be found here.

For this shells for this batch, I used:

  • 60g egg white
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 35g ground almonds
  • 40g ground pistachios
  • 1/4 teaspoon of powdered green food colouring

Other macaron flavours

Some of my favourite macaron flavours include the following:

But for a great savoury macaron:

Don’t get at all put off by a savoury macaron. These smoked salmon and horseradish macarons are to die for, and always vanish quickly! They are not too sweet: the trick with them is to have an intensely savoury filling to balance the shells.


Author: Philip

Finalist on Britain’s Best Home Cook (BBC Television 2018). Published recipe writer with a love of growing fruit & veg, cooking, teaching and eating good food.

2 thoughts on “Pistachio and lemon macarons”

  1. you are speaking to my soul…. oh, I love it all, as you imagine! I’ve been using gel coloring, but I do have some powder around – will have to play with it

    love the way you decorated them, and of course, the idea of mixing white chocolate with the lemon curd… BRILLIANT

    you are a Macaron King!


    1. thank you Sally. Yes the powder: I cannot recommend it highly enough – esp. with things such as macarons.

      I think my next macaron flavour will be another savoury one


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