I was thrilled when Wendy from Table for 2 or more offered to teach me how to make macarons. I think she got fed up with me telling her "ah, i dont know how to make them", " my thermometer is awtar, dont want to make" etc. LOL!Though i've met wendy a few times, it was my first visit to her house. Although we stay in different towns, it's actually not that far, just about 40 mins drive from my place to hers. Time really passed so quickly when you're enjoying yourself,
|photo credit: wendy|
I have chosen to make passionfruit curd as the filling for macarons and made that 2 days prior to the meeting. I've made lemon curds a few times so this time i thought i want to try passionfruit curd. I like the passionfruit curd very much, it's fragrant , not too sour and not too sweet and no regrets making this filling for the macarons. Here's the recipe:
Passionfruit curd ( sourced from so sweet i could hardly speak with slightly more butter)
( i forgot to count how many macarons we made , some were out of shape, some were burnt but this filling is enough to make around 15 macarons )
2 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/2 cup passionfruit pulp ( i used 4 passionfruits )
2 tbsp caster sugar
1.Put the egg yolks, whole egg , passionfruit pulp and caster sugar in a bowl over simmering water and stir to mix.
2.Continue to stir and cook them until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, takes around 7-8 minutes. Remove from fire and put in the butter and continue to stir until the butter has melted.
3.Let it cool and store in a sterilised jar and refrigerate.
|the ground almond and the vanilla bean seeds|
|the almond mixture|
|cooking the sugar syrup|
|the UFO ones..piped by me!!|
|we also had some charred macarons ..suspected due to the tray that absorbs too much heat..|
Wendy decided to make some vanilla scented macarons! It was a great learning experience for me, i was able to see the cooking of the syrup, the mixing of syrup into the egg whites , the folding of the almond mixture into the egg whites and all! I now have a much much better picture and better confidence to make macarons! Although i cant say that my next macarons would be successful but this surely helps very much! Thanks, Wendy! Apart from learning macarons, I also managed to bring home some sage and basil leaves from wendy's garden. Varieties of them..basil, sage, turmeric, fennel, thyme and many more. Dont ask me about gardening, i think i only know how to water the plants. Haha! Oh, where's the recipe for the vanilla macarons?
It's over at wendy's blog here chk it out!
|photo credit: wendy|
Am submitting this to the Aspiring Bakers Challenge #17 - March Macaron Madness (March 2012 ) hosted by Alan from Travelling Foodies