Saturday, June 18, 2011

Macarons with Passionfruit Curd

I remember my very first macarons which I made a few months ago, they were gorgeous! Well, maybe not perfect for the experts but I think they're perfect enough for a first timer. I was just thrilled to see the feet. :D

Thanks to Tartelette for the amazing macaron recipe. I made passionfruit curd in place of dark chocolate ganache to go with the macarons because of the Mactweet Attack challenge which was to include fruits in your macarons. The curd was amazing on its own - tart and sweet. However, when eaten with macarons, they were just a tad too sweet for me and my family. I guess those who have sweet tooth and like passionfruit would love these macarons. 

So here goes my macarons for Mac Attack #20.

Recipe (Macarons) 

Ingredients :
  • 90g aged egg whites at room temperature (use egg whites that have been left in the fridge for 3-5 days)
  • 25g granulated sugar
  • 180g powdered sugar sifted
  • 130g almond powder/flour sifted 
Method : 
1. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites to a foam and gradually add the granulated sugar until you obtain a glossy meringue which doesn't fall when you invert the mixing bowl. (think shaving cream)
2. Fold in carefully the powdered sugar, almond powder and powdered food colouring until you obtain the batter which falls back onto itself after counting to 10. The process should not take more than 50 strokes.
3. Test a small amount on a plate : if the top flattens on its own, you are good to go. If it forms a small beak, give the batter a couple of turns. 
4. Fill the batter into a pastry bag fitted plain tip and pipe small rounds (1.5inch in diameter) onto parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheets. Then, tap the baking sheets a couple of time to remove the air bubbles.
5. Let the macarons sit out for about 30 minutes to an hour to harden the shells a little bit. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 280F.
6. When ready, bake for about 18-20 minutes, depending on their sizes. Let it cool. Once baked and if you're not using them straight away, store in an airtight container out of the fridge. 
7. If you have filled the macarons with the filling, let the macarons mature for at least 24 hours in the fridge. 
Recipe (Passionfruit Curd) - makes about 1 cup

Ingredients :
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup passionfruit pulp
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar - use less if the passionfruit is sweet and more if it is sour
  • 42g butter
Method : 
1. Put the egg yolks, whole egg and sugar into a bowl and stir to combine. Put in the passionfruit pulp and stir again. Put in the butter.
2. Place the bowl over a simmering water and stir until the butter has melted and the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon which takes about 6 minutes.
3. Let it cool, transfer into a sterilized container and refrigerate. 

Adapted from Taste.com.au.

13 comments:

Deeba PAB said...

Just ever so pretty Aisha and such a wonderful flavour combination. So envious that you have passion fruit there - the curd sounds indulgent and delicious. Those are gorgeous feet! Thank you for joining us at Mactweets!

Jeannie said...

Gorgeous macarons! I'll give your recipe a try soon:) thanks for sharing!

Lora said...

Love the passion fruit curd. Lovely macs.

hicookery said...

Mmmmmmm--passion fruit curd! So delicious. Excellent choice for this month's fruity MacAttack challenge. Your family is so lucky to get to eat your cooking.

aishahias said...

Thanks everyone! :)

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

I LOVE passion fruit curd. And the colour of your macs is gorgeous!

Ambreen said...

Looks so tempting. You have a lovely blog here. Do visit mine when you have time. Thank you :)

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Jill Colonna said...

Aisha, these macarons are beautiful: I love the passionfruit shell colour and that creamy tangy filling.... heaven! I want to grab that spoon in the photo and taste!

RollerScrapper said...

Yum, the passion fruit filling sounds amazing!

Anne said...

I love passion fruit, and your macarons look beautiful! :)

Annapet said...

I love passion fruit and will give this a go sometime soon when I get fruits!

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

powdered sugar dan icing sugar sama ke?

David (UK) said...

Found this while looking for a passion fruit curd to fill macarons.
Your passion fruit curd was a delight to make - so easy. I actually had to use a bottle of passion fruit and mango coulis because they had run out of passion fruits in the supermarket!

Seems to have worked fine so far: the small amount left over on the side of the cooking bowl were very tasty :-) Proof will be when it comes out of the fridge tomorrow!