Bad Things (True Blood) Macarons

This month’s Mactweets challenge was to choose a favorite tune and turn it into a macaron. I came up with two options right away, one of them involved Johnny Walker and Southern Comfort so I had to discard that idea… I decided to go with Bad Things by Jace Everett.

Bad Things is my choice not only because it is one of my favorite songs and because I think that the lyrics are truly exceptional in their simplicity but because this is True Blood’s theme song. True Blood is always the perfect end to my weekend. Sunday evening means another work week is about to start, but having a new episode of True Blood to watch makes it all better. I made coffee macarons because Sookie always starts her day with coffee, and sour cherry macarons because a relationship is about to go sour… well I am not going to spoil things for you any further in case you have not read the books by Charlaine Harris on which the show is based. And if you are not watching yet you are missing out on hot vampire drama.

Who is your favorite vampire? Eric or Bill?

You can find the basic recipe for macaron shells here.

Coffee Filling
• 114 grams heavy cream
• 1 vanilla bean
• 250 grams white chocolate (24% cocoa content, or more)
• 3 teaspoons espresso powder
• ¼ teaspoon coffee extract
1. Place cream and vanilla seeds and pod in pot. Bring to a simmer. Turn off and let infuse for 30 minutes.
2. Melt chocolate over a water bath.
3. Remove vanilla beans from cream and strain cream through a fine mesh strainer. Add the espresso powder and coffee extract to the cream and stir well. Incorporate the cream into the chocolate in 3 additions.
4. Pour ganache in a shallow gratin dish or plastic container. Refrigerate until thickened, about 1 hour.

Sour Cherry Filling

• 114 grams heavy cream
• 250 grams white chocolate (24% cocoa content, or more)
• 114 grams sour cherry preserves, blended in a food processor
1. Bring cream to a simmer, turn heat off and set aside.
2. Melt chocolate over a water bath. Incorporate the cream into the chocolate in 3 additions. Stir in the sour cherry preserves.
3. Pour ganache in a shallow gratin dish or plastic container. Refrigerate until thickened, about 1 hour.

Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

25 thoughts

  1. I’m an Eric girl most def.. Alan Ball is a genius. From the idea to the fillings to the colors – Your macs are so wonderfully creative and beautiful, LOVE them!

  2. I would like to “do bad things” to those macarons. I prefer Vampire Bill, in case you were wondering.

  3. I finally made my first successful macarons! Quite an accomplishment after so many failed and frustrated attempts! Yours are beautiful!

  4. yes yes yes yes!!!! Two of my favorite things, macarons and True Blood. I am so Team Eric. I wasn’t until this current season. Is it just me or did he somehow manage to get even hotter? It’s unreal. Great recipe!

  5. Lola–Thanks for stopping by!
    Kitty–Congrats on your first batch of macarons! What flavor did you make?
    Natalie–I agree, Eric seems to be getting hotter by the season.
    Xiaolu–Thanks, I also started off being team Bill but after reading the books I switched over to team Eric.
    Jane–Thanks, I used a rubber stamp and black gel food coloring for the lips. At first I was afraid I would crush the macarons, but it worked out quite well.

  6. Cecilia! My macaron savior! 😀 These look fantastic (as yours always do), and I *love* the goth kiss marks on the sour cherry ones! How long ’till PH catches on to our trend and starts selling hand-painted macs? LOL

    Big hugs and kisses to you sweetie! Miss you!

  7. WOW … you leave me gob smacked! These are wicked!! Utterly sinful macs, and most perfect to draw True Blood! Thanks for bringing these beauties to MacTweets!

  8. Brilliant inspiration! I haven’t managed to see True Blood although I was hugely fond of Six Feet Under so am sure I’d like it even if I’m not a vampire fan.

    Cool song, the macs go perfectly with it and the show!

  9. Two of my favorite things as well- True Blood and macarons! These look amazing! And I’m for Eric- Bill’s Southern Gentleman’s charm has worn thin…

  10. That filling is calling my name! Sour cherry is such a great idea with the sweet cookie. I’ve just listened to the song, thanks for putting it in your post 🙂

  11. Wow, these are fantastic! I had to come check them out because I love that theme song and TrueBlood! Have to watch it on DVD (it’s on Pay TV here), so only up to the end of season 2 so far. Eric of course, the bad boy thing 🙂

  12. M–Thank you!
    Julia–Hand painted macarons is the new trend, and it all started with you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Miss you too, hugs!
    Deeba–You are too sweet, thank you! I had been thinking about doing something True Blood related, and Mactweets helped me put it together and finally do it!
    Sarah–Thanks, you would love True Blood!
    Shelley–Could not have put it better, that is exactly how I feel about Bill.
    Cristie–I had never done anything with sour cherries before. I actually used some of the preserves I made this summer. Love sour cherries now!
    Hungry Rabbit NYC–Thank you!
    Shaz–Thank you! Eric is the ultimate bad boy ;O)
    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!

  13. Cecilia! Dejame decirte algo! Estan perfectamente gorgeous! Quiero felicitarte por tu dedicacion y pasion a la cocina! Estoy muy orgullosa de ti! Y me imagino q estaban delis!

  14. Eric, but I’m starting to like Alcide quite a lot this season! 🙂

    Great updated site, and I need to try your macarons one of these days!

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