Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit Magic Shell


 
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell
Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell

Friday marked 3 months we haven't had gas to our apartment. And ohhhhh boy I am pissed off about it. Cooking on a wee camping style element is ok, until you have to make two things at once. Or, say, you would like all the components of dinner ready at the same time. A lady in my building told me she's just been eating tacos for three months. While we aren't that extreme, it's definitely annoying. But instead of coming here to complain more (lol, too late), I'm gonna pop this recipe here that still requires the use of a burner, but only one at a time and just for a wee bit - these toasted coconut ice cream pops with a passionfruit magic shell.

A couple of months ago I was invited along to the Valrhona USA headquarters to have a play with their new inspiration line! Turns out it's just in Brooklyn, same as me! This is what happens when you don't get out much - you don't realise things are just under your nose. Anyways, it was a super fun night, we got to meet their amazing pastry chef who showed us all sorts of fancy things, and we learnt all about their new line of fruit and nut couvertures (which is a fancy name for chocolate with a high cocoa butter content). They have recently released an almond and a passionfruit (!!) flavour, both of which taste insanely good, and also happen to be vegan if that sort of thing floats your boat. The release of these is going to be an exciting new development for vegan desserts, but also super exciting for people like me who are addicted to passionfruit, but also equally sad that they are almost impossible to get hold of here in NYC. So this is the next best option. The Passionfruit couverture is made with cocoa butter and passionfruit juice, meaning that it has an insanely punchy passionfruit taste, with the flavour not being drowned out by sugar as it would be in a nectar or juice. 

One of the things that we were shown while we were there was a passionfruit magic shell. Magic shell is essentially chocolate warmed with a neutral oil, which means that when it comes into contact with something cold (like ice cream), it solidifies into an amazing, crunchy crackly shell. The pastry chef had made a passionfruit magic shell, which we dipped teeny little perfect bars of coconut sorbet into. My mind was blown, and I knew it had to be replicated at home, and so here we are! 

I wanted to kind of keep the same flavour profile going as we tasted at Valrhona, but wanted to make it an ice cream base rather than a sorbet (because I like to think I'm fancy, but I'm not that fancy). So, I went with a toasted coconut ice cream - essentially an anglaise (custard), which you infuse overnight with toasted coconut before churning in your ice cream maker and freezing into popsicle moulds. Once they have frozen down, I took them out of the moulds, let them chill out in the freezer for a bit, and then melted down some grapeseed oil and the passionfruit chocolate, let it cool, then dunked the pops in. It's kind of stressful to dunk but also super fun to watch the shell set almost immediately into a perfectly smooth form. I then drizzled them with some white chocolate (totally optional but another step to make you look fancy), and we were all done! The toastyness of the coconut ice cream paired so perfectly with the punchy chocolate shell - these are going to be firmly on repeat whenever I feel the need to impress someone. 

A few wee tips:

  • The toasted coconut ice cream base ideally needs overnight to infuse the coconut flavour, so you will need to account for this. If you are in a pinch you can just chill it down with the coconut, and once chilled, strain it out. 
  • I made the magic shell using Valrhona Passionfruit Couverture, but if you aren't able to get that, a white chocolate, or milk / dark chocolate would also make an amazing magic shell coating to pair with the toasted coconut. The ratio for the magic shell is approximately 1 part neutral oil to 5 parts chocolate, by weight.
  • These are the pop moulds that I used. I love how fancy they look, and they are the perfect size! This recipe will work in any pop mould though!
 

 

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit Magic Shell

- Makes about 7 pops -

Magic Shell recipe from Valrhona Pastry Chef, Sarah Tibbets

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream
150g unsweetened shredded coconut
475g whole milk
350g heavy cream
6 egg yolks
200g sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp salt
 

Passionfruit magic shell
400g Passionfruit Couverture
80g grape seed oil

Melted white chocolate, to drizzle

 

- PROCESS -

TOASTED COCONUT ICE CREAM

Preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c. Spread 50g of the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet, and bake for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until toasted and golden. Remove and allow to cool.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk and cream. Place over medium high heat, and bring to just shy of a simmer. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and salt until the mixture lightens in colour.

Remove the milk mixture from the heat, and whisking constantly, pour about half of it into the egg yolk mixture to temper the yolks. Mix well to combine, then pour back into the saucepan, and place over medium low heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and reads 175˚f / 80˚c on a thermometer. Strain into a container, and stir in the toasted and untoasted coconut. leave to sit at room temperature for an hour, then cover and place in the fridge for at least four hours, until it has cooled to at least 40˚f / 5˚c. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the coconut, pressing down hard to remove as much of the liquid as possible.

Transfer the cooled ice cream base to your ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Divide the ice cream mixture evenly amongst your ice cream moulds. Add sticks and freeze until solid, ideally overnight.

PASSIONFRUIT MAGIC SHELL

Create a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. Place the Passionfruit Couverture and the grape seed oil in the bowl, and stir well, heating until the mixture is smooth and cohesive. Remove the bowl from the pot, ensuring no water gets into the mixture, and set aside to cool to 37˚c / 98˚f. Transfer to a narrow jar or glass which is wide enough and deep enough to dunk your ice cream pops. 

ASSEMBLY

Place a sheet pan lined with a silpat or baking paper into the freezer. Carefully unmould the ice cream pops, and place back into the freezer while you prepare and cool the magic shell. 

Working with one at a time, dip an ice cream pop into the jar of magic shell, ensuring that it is evenly coated. Allow any excess to drip off, then place back onto the sheet pan in the freezer (I like to do this near the freezer, only bringing one pop out at a time). Repeat with the remaining pops until all are coated. Allow to sit in the freezer for another 10 minutes to firm up completely before drizzling with melted white chocolate. If needed, add a little grape seed oil to the white chocolate to help make it easier to drizzle.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer. 

 

Toasted Coconut Ice Cream Pops with Passionfruit magic shell - a creamy toasted coconut ice cream is dipped in a punchy passionfruit magic shell. Quite possibly the most perfect ice cream combination you will ever come across. #passionfruit #toastedcoconut #icecreampop #icecream #magicshell

Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry


 
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart

I often get asked what happens to all the food I make. This ranges from people being curious, to aggressively accusing me of being 'incredibly wasteful' (isn't the internet fun sometimes?). It all gets eaten - we eat some at home, give some to our doormen, take it to friends, or Rich takes it to the Studio. It usually gets eaten at varying speeds, depending on what it is, or how many times I've tried to feed it to people before (fourth time round of a recipe test they tend to get pretty sick of it), but nothing goes to waste. Sure, I've creeped out the guy fixing our balcony a couple of times by offering him a cookie out the window, but everyone always appreciates it. These tarts? They were gone in about half an hour of me arriving at the studio with a box full. Which has got to be a good sign, right?

This is the second post of four in partnership with Filippo Berio! Last week we had a Roasted Garlic, Tomato and Ricotta Brioche knot, which went down super well, and now I'm back with another recipe inspired by their Pestonality Tour - Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts, with a homemade puff pastry. They look and sound a teeny bit complicated, but I promise you all the components are super easy to make, can be prepared ahead, and come together so amazingly into the perfect little handheld flavour party. 

Last Saturday Rich and I took the train up to Riverhead on Long Island to visit Filippo Berio at the Rose and Bubbly festival. It was an amazing wee day out (I always forget how much I love getting out of the city), and we had an amazing time tasting all of the pestos, right in the middle of a beautiful vineyard! Guests were able to try the pestos, along with taking the Filippo Berio Pestonality quiz, which will be available very soon on their website! I popped a few of my fave photos from the day at the bottom of this post. 

Back to these wee tarts! I wanted to come up with something to incorporate the Hot Chili version of the pesto, and these tarts do just that! I started with some homemade puff pastry, which, if you are up for it, is a super fun wee project, and actually not as hard as most people think. If you like, you can absolutely use store bought puff here too. I then rolled it out, cut it into rectangles, then spread with a thin layer of hot chili pesto, before topping it with a mushroom and garlic mixture, and some roasted red pepper strips. Once baked, it was topped with some fried halloumi cubes, and finished with a wee sprig of thyme. 

A few wee tips:

  • If you aren't keen on making your own puff pastry, you can definitely use store bought! I used 700g for this recipe. I have added a link to the recipe here 
  • Most of the components for this can be made ahead - the peppers can be roasted ahead, and the mushroom mixture can also be done ahead.
  • You can add the halloumi on before you bake if you like, but I prefer it fried so added it once it was already baked. Feta would work great too.
  • Feel free to customise these to your liking! They could be done with any type of filling that you like!
 

 

Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry

- Makes  12 tarts -

Puff Pastry Recipe from The Fearless Baker

Puff Pastry
Butter Block
453g (1 lb) unsalted butter, at room temperature
71g (2/3 cup) Bread Flour

Dough
397 (3 3/13 cups) bread flour
198g (1 2/3 cups) All-purpose flour
6g (1 1/2 tsp) fine sea salt
113g (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
287g (1 cup plus 3 Tbsp) cool water

Tart Filling
4 large red bell peppers
1 small onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
300g button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 jar Filippo Berio Hot Chili Pesto
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 x 200g block halloumi, Sliced
Fresh Thyme Sprigs to garnish (optional)

Egg wash: 1 egg whisked with 1 tbsp water

 

- PROCESS -

PUFF PASTRY

To make the butter block, combine the butter and bread flour  and mix until well combined. On a 13" x 18" piece of parchment paper, spread the butter into a 6" x 9" rectangle that is approximately 1/2" thick, using an offset spatula to square off the edges. Fold the remaining parchment paper down, using a bench scraper to square off the edges again (very square butter is very helpful!). Place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes, until it is between 60˚f and 70˚f (15˚c to 20˚c). 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the bread flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Add the butter and vanilla, and mix on low until the butter is fully incorporated into the mixture. Add the water, and mix until a dough forms, 5-6 minutes. Increase the speed, and mix on high for 2-3 minutes until smooth.

Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap, and pat into a rectangle with your hands. Wrap in the plastic and rest in the refrigerator for 40-50 minutes. 

Once it has reached the ideal temperature, bring both the butter block and the dough out of the fridge. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a rectangle approximately 12" x 10". Place the butter block on the bottom half of the dough (you should have about half an inch space around the edges), and fold over the dough to 'lock' in the butter, pressing down the edges to seal it in. Tuck any excess underneath. Wrap in plastic wrap, place on the baking sheet, and rest in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. 

Remove the dough from the fridge. You are now going to begin the folding process. You will do a four fold, a three fold, a four fold, and another three fold.

Turn #1: 4-fold

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 13" x 18" rectangle, using a bench scraper to keep the edges tightly squared off. Turn the dough so a long edge is facing you. Take the left edge of the dough, and fold 3/4 of the way across the dough, lining up the edges. Fold the right edge to meet the left, about 1/4 of the way across. Fold the dough in half, left side over right. Transfer to the baking sheet, brush off extra flour, and cover with plastic wrap. Rest for another 30 minutes.

Turn #2: 3-fold

Remove the dough from the fridge. On a lightly floured surface, repeat the rolling process - roll to 13" x 19", and square the edges. Turn so a long edge is facing you. Fold the left side of the dough 1/3 of the way across, then fold the right side of the dough over the left (so you have 3 layers of dough). Place on the baking sheet, brush off flour, cover and refrigerate. Rest for 30 minutes.

Turn #3: 4-fold

Repeat the process for a 4-fold as explained above, taking care to square the edges. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.

Turn #4: 3-fold

This is your final fold. Roll out, square off, and repeat the instructions for a 3-fold above. Cover, and rest for 30 minutes. 

Divide the pastry in half. Wrap each half tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use. You will only use one of the pieces for this recipe - store the other piece, tightly wrapped, in the freezer or fridge for another project.

FILLINGS

To make the roasted red peppers, preheat the oven to 400˚f / 200˚c. Line a quarter baking sheet with tin foil. Place the peppers, whole, on the baking sheet and lightly drizzle with oil. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the skin is starting to darken and lift away from the flesh. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before peeling the peppers and removing the skin and stalk. Divide the flesh from each pepper into 3 or 4 pieces, and cut into strips. Place into an airtight container until ready to use. 

To make the mushrooms, heat a skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add a good drizzle of olive oil, then add the onions and garlic, and cook for one minute, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently and adding more oil if needed, until the mushrooms are cooked and beginning to go golden brown. Season well. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to use - store in an airtight container in the fridge if preparing ahead. 

ASSEMBLY

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry to a rectangle 5mm (1/4") in thickness. If you are using pre rolled store bought pastry, lightly roll to remove any creases. Using a pastry cutter or very sharp knife, cut rectangles 8cm x 12cm (3" x 5"), and transfer to the baking sheet, leaving a little space between each. You should get approximately 12 rectangles. Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 400˚f / 180˚c. Using a sharp knife, score a rectangle 1cm in from the edge of the pastry, taking care not to cut right through. Repeat with the remaining rectangles of pastry. 

Spread about 1 tsp (or a little less if you do not want them too spicy) of Hot Chili pesto on each tart, keeping inside the scored border. Top with 1 Tbsp of the mushroom mixture, and a few of the strips of roasted red pepper. Brush the outer exposed edge of pastry with egg wash. 

Bake the tarts for 15-18 minutes, until the pastry is puffy and golden brown. While the tarts are baking, fry the halloumi in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat, until golden brown on both sides. Cut into cubes. 

Once the tarts are baked, remove from the oven, and top each with a few cubes of halloumi. Garnish with a sprig of thyme if desired. Serve warm. 

Store leftovers in an airtight container. Best eaten on the day that they are made.

Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart
Chili Pesto, Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper and Halloumi Tarts with Homemade Puff Pastry. The perfect appetizer or summer dinner - make these whatever size you want, they are bound to be a crowd pleaser! #mushroomtart #halloumi #chili #chilli #pesto #puffpastry #tart

Thank you so much to Filippo Berio for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. 

Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons


 
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream
Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons - inspired by the peach cobbler, these french macarons have a roasted peach german buttercream, and a brown butter streusel crunch #macarons #peachcobbler #frenchmacaron #roastedpeach #germanbuttercream

Back here with another peach recipe! They really are so good at the moment that it would be a shame not to make the most of them. Also back here with another Macaron recipe - once again, on the last day of the month. Whoops. But also - Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons. These Peach cobbler inspired treats are the perfect wee summer treat! 

Jase and I wanted to really jam a strong peach flavour into these wee babes, so we went with my fave - a vanilla bean german buttercream, which we then added a whole load of roasted peaches to. The key to adding fruit to a buttercream and avoiding the separation due to the liquid is removing as much of that liquid as you can first. You can do this by using freeze dried fruit, or cooking the fruit down into a puree or compote. We roasted the peaches with a little vanilla bean, sugar, and a pinch of salt, until they were delicious and soft, and then added that to the buttercream. I love roasted peaches as is, but added to a buttery, custardy german buttercream - the best. 

We wanted to go for a bit of a peach cobbler vibe, so toped the shells of the macs with a brown butter streusel. The toasty streusel paired perfectly with the chewy shell and the fruity buttercream, to create the most delicious little bite! I do hope you give these a try - they are so, so good! I can't wait to add the streusel / roasted peach german buttercream to a whole lot of things this summer!

As we have been making these each month, we have ironed out more and more of the kinks associated with macaron making. Something that we had been struggling with was that our macarons were coming out oval shaped, and we couldn't seem to work out why. For some reason it was only an issue when we made them at Jase's, and it had seemed to be getting worse. Suddenly we realised that as the year had gone on and the weather had gotten hotter, Jase's air con had been on and on more and more! I don't tend to have it on when I am baking at mine - and had never struggled with oval macarons at my house before, so it suddenly all made sense! We switched off the aircon, made another batch (for science), and sure enough, they turned out nice and round! This makes total sense as it was only happening in one place! So, if you have an aircon / heater / some sort of breeze in your kitchen, try to minimise, just while the macs are resting! 

A few wee tips:

  • Everything I can think of that will make macaron making easier has been added to this post - I update it as I go!
  • The ideal order for making these is: Make the pastry cream, roasted peaches and streusel the night before, then make the mac shells and mix up the buttercream the day of! Everything can definitely be done the day of, but it is a couple of different components so may take some time. If you do it day of, make pastry cream first, then prep the streusel while the peaches are roasting, and then get that on once the peaches are done. Then make your mac shells, and whip up the buttercream while they are baking!
  • I was originally grinding the almond meal and powdered sugar together, but then realised it really only needed sifting, I just had the wrong sized sieve! You want one with a medium sized mesh (I ordered this one), and make sure you sift twice to remove any big lumps and aerate the mixture. 
  • We also discovered an amazing parchment - and haven't had a single mac stick since we started using it. It's a non-stick parchment paper - we used this one. 
  • The pastry cream for the buttercream ideally needs overnight so ensure you plan for this, otherwise you can cool it quicker in an ice bath, or by spreading it in a quarter baking sheet lined with plastic, covering the surface of the pastry cream with another piece of plastic wrap, and chilling it in the freezer until cool. The larger surface area and shallow baking sheet mean that it cools much faster. 
  • Adjust the sugar depending on the sweetness / juiciness of your peaches!
  • Because you start with cool pastry cream (as opposed to slightly warm meringue as you would for a SMBC), make sure that your butter is very room temperature. If it isn't quite soft enough and you find your buttercream is seizing, you can remove about 1/3 cup of the buttercream, melt in the microwave, and then add back in and continue whipping. The heat from the melted buttercream is often enough to bring it all back together into the silky niceness you are after. 
  • You will have some streusel leftover - store in an airtight container. It's amazing on ice cream!
  • If you need a template, print two of these and stick them together to use as a guide.
 

 

Roasted Peach Streusel Macarons 

- Makes about 24 sandwiched macarons -

Macaron Shell Recipe from I love Macarons, with adaptations from Fox and Crane 

Roasted Peach German Buttercream
190g whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
110g sugar
12g (1 1/2 Tbsp) corn starch
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
340 (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
300g roasted peach puree (recipe follows)

Roasted Peach Puree
600g fresh, ripe peaches, cut into segments (I leave mine unpeeled and peel once cooked)
70g raw sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Pinch Salt

Brown Butter Streusel
80g unsalted butter, cubed
100g Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
115g all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp allspice

Macaron Shells
170g ground almonds
300g powdered sugar
180g egg whites, at room temperature
160g sugar
about 10 drops of peach gel food colouring (we used peach by americolor)
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

 

- PROCESS -

ROASTED PEACH GERMAN BUTTERCREAM

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, egg, egg yolk and salt. In a medium non-stick saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla to just shy of a simmer.  Remove from the heat.

Using one hand to whisk constantly, pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. This helps to temper the eggs and stop them from scrambling. Whisk until incorporated, and then pour the whole lot back into the saucepan. 

Heat the milk and egg mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. It will thicken quickly. Once it has thickened, cook for one minute, then remove from the heat. Pour into a shallow dish or bowl of a stand mixer and press some plastic wrap over the surface to avoid a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold - at least four hours, preferably overnight.

Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment.  Whip the mixture on medium until creamy and lump-free. Begin adding the butter, a few cubes at a time, until fully incorporated. It may look curdled at some point but just keep whipping - it will come together! Once the buttercream is homogenous, add the peach puree and mix well to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use, or if using immediately, transfer to a piping bag.

ROASTED PEACH PUREE

Preheat the oven to 425˚f / 220˚c. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the peach segments, sugar, vanilla bean paste and salt, and toss to combine. Spread evenly over the baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes, until the peaches are soft and beginning to caramelise. Allow to cool on the pan before removing the skins from the segments, and placing the segments in a bowl. Roughly mash with a fork. Set aside until you are making the buttercream - you will use 300g of the puree. 

BROWN BUTTER STREUSEL

Preheat the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

To make the streusel, place the butter in a small pan, and place on the stove over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted. Continue to cook, until the butter begins to foam, smells nutty, and goes a deep golden brown colour. Remove from the heat and place in a medium heatproof bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix well to combine. Using your hands, break up any large lumps. Spread evenly over the baking sheet, and bake until lightly golden and toasty, 10-15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

MACARON SHELLS

Preheat oven to 300˚f / 150˚c, and position the oven rack in the centre of the oven. Using a round cookie cutter or the base of a large piping tip (something about 1.5 inches in diameter), draw a "template" for your macarons on a piece of parchment paper, leaving about 3/4" between each circle. 

Combine the almond meal and powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Sift the mixture twice, to ensure there are no large lumps and that the mixture is properly aerated. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, increase the mixer speed, and whip on high until the meringue starts to firm up. Add peach gel food colour a few drops at a time, until the desired colour is reached. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. Continue to whip until the meringue forms stiff peaks (there is a good example here). 

Remove the bowl from the mixer. Add half of the ground almond and powdered sugar mixture, and fold into the meringue. You want to deflate the meringue just a little at this stage, to combine the meringue and ground almond mixture. 

Add the remaining ground almond mixture, and stir lightly to combine. Now comes the important part - mixing the batter to the correct consistency. Again, this video does a good job of explaining it. Fold the mixture in a series of 'turns', deflating the batter by spreading it against the side of the bowl. Turn the bowl slightly and repeat the movement - scooping the batter from the bottom of the bowl, and spreading it against the side. Continuously check the consistency of the batter - you want it to flow like lava when you lift the spatula from the bowl, and you should be able to 'draw' a figure 8 with it, without the batter breaking (again, watch lots of videos to get an idea! They help so much). This step can take some practice until you know what it should feel and look like. If in doubt you are better to under mix them than over mix them - the process of putting the batter into the bag and piping out will help mix a little too.

Fit a large pastry bag with a medium sized round tip, such as an ateco #805. Place the macaron template on a sheet pan, and place a second piece of parchment over it. Holding the piping bag at a 90˚ angle to the surface, pipe out the batter into blobs the size of the circles drawn on the template. Finish off each piped circle with a little "flick" of your wrist to minimise the batter forming a point (it will still form a small one, but we can get rid of this with banging). Remove the template from under the macarons.

Hold the baking sheet in two hands, and carefully but firmly, evenly bang it against the bench. Repeat this a few more times - this will get rid of any air bubbles, remove points on the top, and help them to spread out slightly.  Sprinkle half of the macaron shells on the baking sheet with streusel.

Repeat the piping and banging process until you have used up all of the batter - I usually make three sheet pans worth. 

Allow the macarons to dry at room temperature for approximately 30 minutes, or until they form a skin that you can touch without your finger sticking to them. This time will drastically vary depending on the humidity. 

About fifteen minutes before you are going to bake the macarons, place a spare sheet pan in the oven to preheat - this is going to be used to place under the pan with the macarons on it, to double up, which should help with even baking. Bake the macarons one sheet at a time - place the sheet with the macarons on the preheated sheet, and place in the oven. 

Bake for approximately 18 minutes, rotating the pan once during the cooking process, and checking for doneness after 15 minutes. The macarons should develop a foot (the ruffled part on the bottom of the macaron), and bake without browning. To see if they are done - press down lightly on a shell. If the foot gives way, it needs a little longer, if it is stable, then it is close to being done. Test a macaron shell - if you can peel it away cleanly from the paper, they are done. If they are stable but cannot yet peel away cleanly, give them another minute or so. Again, this part takes a little trial and error depending on your oven. If they seem done but do not peel away cleanly, do not worry - there is a little trick for that! 

Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes before peeling off the parchment paper and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack. Repeat the baking with the remaining trays, using the same spare sheet pan to double up.

If your macs do not peel away cleanly, place them, on the parchment paper, into the freezer for 5-10 minutes, then peel away from the paper. 

Store cooled macarons in an airtight container until ready to use. 

ASSEMBLY

Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a round attachment (such as an ateco #805) Match the macaron shells up so that they are in pairs of equal size, with one streusel coated shell and one plain shell per pair.

Pipe a blob of buttercream on one half of the macaron, and place the second half on top, pressing lightly. Macarons are best after an overnight rest in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before eating.

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