Baking| Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling … Mactweets & a Best Blog Award!

Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling I’ve been itching to have a go at macarons again, our monthly ‘ritual‘ at MacTweets! I’ve had my failures often in the past few months thanks to the humidity, but the charm of these delightful feet spur me on. Met with some success yesterday – Vanilla Macarons with Quark, Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling = BIG YUM!! Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry FillingThe monthly Mactweets challenge that I co-host with the very talented MacQueen Jamie @ Lifes A Feast is inspiration enough. Despite all odds, I found success in these vanilla macarons. Warm and humid weather often plays spoilsport, though I manage to make these delightful Black Sesame Macarons with Cherry Chocolate Ganache in July for Shulie @ Food Wanderings for her tree nut free macaron series.Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry FillingI sat there looking at my aging egg whites on the counter, now into day 2, as my world whizzed by. Mr PAB was dashing to catch a flight, the terrible teen dashing to catch the elusive school bus for her exam {the preteen is thankfully in the car 5 minutes before departure}, the pooch having discovered a new vocation … becoming a missile! Coco the cocker spanielShe climbs onto anything within reach and launches herself fearlessly across the room in the most alarming manner, hoping to scale the bed, the dining table … anything! Quite the entertainer, and ever charming, NAUGHTY is her middle name!Coco the cocker spanielIn the midst of this madness, I sat there thinking the month had flown and I hadn’t got to feet yet. It was going to be now or never! The minute Mr PAB put a foot out of the door, I slammed it shut and raced to whip the whites! Happiness is … seeing feet appear. Not poochy feet, not kidlet feet, not Mr PABs feet – but macaron feet of course!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling

Flowers from my gardenPairing is always fun though my filling is always done on fast track as I’m never sure I’ll find the characteristic macaron frills. I wanted something light and white. Thought I’d do a white chocolate ganache this time around, but … sigh! Looked into the larder; poor stock keeping meant no white chocolate. Hmmm…Toulouse France Mr PAB was in France last month and I asked him to get me some kirsch, frangelico, kahlua etc. Lost in a HUGE French store, all he could locate in his 10 minute stopover was Kirsch as the cherries‘ caught his eye! Good enough as I had the occasional black forest cake in mind.Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling He got me a big bottle and a check on Monsieur Lebovitzs kirsch post tells me it’ll keep me happy for a decade! Quick brain storming and I zeroed in on kirsch to flavour some homemade quark cheese I had made day before. Quark is slightly tangy {since it is a curd cheese} so I thought dried tart cherries, chopped really fine, would compliment the sweetness of the shells!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling My love for stone fruit makes kirsch one of my favourite liqueurs. I found nirvana in these beauties … taste, flavour, fruit {cherries=stone fruit}, colour and FEET of course! BINGO! Great great pairing for pretty little feet!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling This August, for MacTweets, Jamie and I sent the call out for MAC ATTACK #22 – KICK IT UP!  We indulge in a little grown-up gratification, a dash of luxury, a hint of mischief. Candy is dandy, macarons are marvelous, but liqueur is the Mac Attack theme!Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling Whatever your tipple, create something intoxicating, heady with flavor … a macaron kissed by your favorite liqueur. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, go ahead and replace the liqueur with an extract of your choice.

Do you want to join us making MACARONS?

If you do, you are most welcome to join us  for this challenge, or the next. You can find all the information at our dedicated macaron blog MacTweets. We generally post the round-up by the end of every month, following which a new challenge is posted!

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Recipe: Vanilla Macarons with Quark Kirsch & Tart Cherry Filling
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Summary: Vanilla Macarons sandwiched with a heady low fat quark kirsch and tart cherry filling. Nirvana in every dainty bite!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Vanilla Macarons
  • 1 egg white, aged 2 days
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup powdered vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 tsp egg white powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • Quark Kirsch Tart Cherry Filling
  • 1/2 cup quark, well drained {home made recipe here}
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • Handful dried tart cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp kirsch


  1. Vanilla Macarons
  2. Preheat oven to 140C.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Blend the powdered sugar, almond meal and egg white powder briefly in the bowl of your food processor to mix. {you can sift it too}
  5. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg white for about 20 seconds till it appears foamy. Gradually add the granulated vanilla sugar and continue to beat till it becomes firm and holds peaks, about 2 minutes.
  6. Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg white with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and falls in ribbons like molten lave, stop folding. {Do not overmix}
  7. Using a teaspoon, or piping bag, drop / pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1″ circles evenly spaced one-inch apart.
  8. Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons, then rest for about an hour.
  9. Bake them for about 15 minutes until the shells feel firm to touch.
  10. Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
  11. Filling:
  12. In a bowl whisk the quark with powdered sugar until smooth, and add the kirsch and chopped tart dried cherries. Adjust sweetness if desired.
  13. To assemble:
  14. Match equal halves of macarons, and keep together.
  15. Use a small spoon and deposit a tiny amount of quark filling on the flat side of the macaron and sandwich with another half of the same size, squeezing gently. Leave to set in fridge.{These are best eaten the same day.}
  16. Notes: I bake my macarons on the upper shelf in my oven, using just the lower element for heat. I also use double baking trays.


I would like to thank the very sweet Alli at Pease Pudding for nominating me for this wonderful best blog award. I met Alli, who blogs from New Zealand, a while ago over this awesome ‘same day focaccia‘. I made a ‘Roasted Garlic Focaccia‘ that day, and was hooked to Alli’s beautiful blog.
The award invites you to answer a few questions about yourself, and then pass it on to 5 other bloggers. Here we go … first the Q & A session, and then the nominees!

Whats your favourite colour?
Black … I’ve tried to change it, but it’s so part of me!
Whats your favourite song?
I Feel Good {James Last} & Ain’t No Sunshine {Bob Marley’s version} … and so many more…
What is your favourite dessert?
Anything with coffee …
Whats pissing you off?
A cluttered kitchen
When you’re upset you…
Chop in a frenzy!
Black OR white?
Biggest fear?
Feetless macarons!
Your best feature?
A good memory {don’t know how long it’ll last though …} and the will to share whatever little I know
Everyday attitude….
Hit the ground running … and try make the most of everyday!
What is perfection?
Fruit bake in the oven {… I contemplated clean kids rooms? Nah, that’s perfection not possible}
Guilty pleasure…
Bitter chocolate

My nominated bloggers off the top of my head, all fun, talented food bloggers who share a similar passion … I ♥ their blogs!
Shulie @ Food Wanderings
Hana @ Heavenly Housewife
Ken @ Hungry Rabbit
Barbara @ Creative Culinary
Shaz @ Test With A Skewer

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  • 5 years ago

    What a great choice of filling! Those macarons are amazing and so are you pictures. Congrats on the award!



  • Such wonderful macarons! They’re stunning!

    And that pup… I think my heart just skipped a beat.

  • 5 years ago

    They look d all the photos:) Congratulations on the nomination..the little girl’s colors suit your post today:)

  • 5 years ago

    I’m noticing a bit of a “German” theme in your last two posts – the plum kuchen (I’ve made a million times over and should probably blog about) and the quark (I’ve only ever seem it here in Germany) and kirsch (yummy!) macarons. (It could be because we’re living in Germany right now -expats here since 01/09). I’m loving these posts, especially since it’s been so hot here, there hasn’t been anything cooking in our kitchen!
    You have such a great blog, amazing recipes and pictures! Always fun to read -and I cant wait to try more of your recipes once things cool down again!

  • 5 years ago

    The pics are amazing, beautiful colours…..Was coco’s water treatment an attempt to calm him down 🙂 ?

  • 5 years ago

    all of the photos are fantastic, I feel the calmness the macaroons looks great, love to taste it.

  • 5 years ago

    Fantastic, perfect and gorgeous macarons, Deeba, as always. Your photos are so beautiful, the flowers so delicate, I love everything on this post!
    Congratulations on the award, very well deserved 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Your snowy, white macs are glorious, and the filling is divine! Quark and kirsch sounds great together. And, your puppy is so cute, I can’t stand it!

  • 5 years ago

    Your macarons look fantastic – absolutely flawless – and such a light, robust, unique flavor! I may have to participate in this challenge and give macs another go…

  • 5 years ago

    Pierre Herme better watch his back! There’s another macaron master in town!
    Beautiful job! Congrats on your award, you totally deserve it!
    *kisses* HH

  • wow your macs are so so gorgeous!!
    And I can imagine de flavours…
    I´ll try them for sure!!
    Also your photos are just fantastic! As always…
    Congratulations for your “best blog award”!
    My best whishes.

  • 5 years ago

    Greetings. This is my first time on your blog, but you have a terrific one. I am always on the look out for new blogs, new ideas. I especially appreciate all the details you d0. Great photos makes it seem like anyone can replicate the recipe!

    I am asking, would you please consider posting a few of your favorite recipes on

    It is a tool for bloggers to see and to be seen. Your posts would fit in perfectly.

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  • 5 years ago

    I am sorry for the last comment… I see you are on our mailing list. Please, consider posting your blog. First, incredible stunning photos, but we are getting conflicting recipes for macarons. Would love to have some of yours!


  • OMG! They are such gorgeous macs! I love your creative flavor combos every time! and of course photos are such a treat for the eyes 🙂

  • Yummy! Never seen a quark filling before 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Your Pooch makes me smile all the time 🙂 She is soo damn cute! And those macarons are such perfect.. if only I could grab just one from the screen.

  • 5 years ago

    Ab-So-Lute-Ly STUNNING macarons Deeba. some of the prettiest vanilla shells I have ever seen. And the flavors – Wowo! So impressed you made your own quark.

  • These look beautiful! And such an entertaining post, when i was younger my favourite colour was black and my parents/teachers tried to alter this fact for a good few years before they gave up 🙂 It did change naturally (green now 🙂 ) but anyway! This is just a lovely post and your macarons not only look amazing but the flavours sound exquisite

  • Love how white your shells are and your beautiful little feet! The filling sounds amazing. Congrats on your well deserved award.

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful macarons with perfect feet! And love your photography.

  • 5 years ago

    These macarons look simply divine! I haven’t always had the best luck with them (especially in Israel where the temperature and ovens are so fickle and lean hot) but you’ve inspired me to try again. And congrats on the award!

  • 5 years ago

    They are looking delicious. I still have to try to make macarons. Congrats for the award.

  • 5 years ago

    —My eyes are overflowing with the beauty of the macarons, flowers, and the lush color of pearl white. 🙂

  • Congrats for the award, Deeba and yay for the feet! They look gorgeous, well done. I must say I’m now a convert to Italian method thanx to the temperamental weather here..will post a non-alcohol version for your MacTweets soon:-)

  • Diaz Samera
    5 years ago

    Nice post.

  • Your macarons are aabsolutely perfect.

  • I shall be expecting more ice-cream posts from you now, since you have been selected as my blog giveaway winner! So Monsieur Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop shall be with you very, very soon Deeba. Pls email me (thecookingdoctor at gmail dot com) your address so I can post it. x

  • 5 years ago

    Wow, you people have become Macaroon queens, they look so gorgeous, congrats on your award, you deserve it

  • 5 years ago

    Your macarons are simply delightful! And congratulations on your award, so very well deserved 🙂
    P.S.Bob Marley version…this I would not have guessed 🙂
    Hope you are having a wonderful week

  • Kirsch is divine isn’t it? I can only imagine how wonderful it would be flavoring these macarons!

  • 5 years ago

    congrats on the award. The macarons looks great.

  • 5 years ago

    I have recently baked my first macarons but they were no way as perfect as yours! The filling sounds amazing, I love quark (it’s widely available here where I live) more than any other dairy product and when combined with cherries it’s simply heavenly. Your photos are extremely tempting, they make me want to eat a bunch of macarons right now 😀

  • 5 years ago

    Love how delicate and dainty your macs look–but we know the kirsch kicks it up! Thanks always to you and Jamie for hosting MacTweets.

  • 5 years ago

    Such a pretty post! I could do with a glug of that kirsch now I think!!

  • 5 years ago

    After many failed attemp i finally managed to make a succesfull batch following ur recipe:-)
    Yehhhhh..Big big thanks to u:-)
    I cant wait to try ur other macaron recipies..!!

  • 3 years ago

    I never heard of quark before this post, but now I’m very curious to try it if I can ever find it in the store. I love the delicate look of this color combo while having such a tart little kick. Thank you so much for sharing at the March of Macaron link party!

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