Thursday, June 25, 2009

Obsessions



More macarons. I know, I know. This time with dehydrated pulverized raspberry powder and lemon curd mousse. Ob-sessed.

They're dried - can't tell, can ya?



Oh, yeah. This dress from The Sartorialist is haunting me, and I can't wait for 500 Days of Summer to come out... will have to go thrift store shopping to alleviate some of the obsession.


Raspberry Macarons
3 stale egg whites
125 g confectioners sugar
70 g almond flour
35 g raspberry powder
40 g granulated sugar
little bit o' pinkish food coloring (the meringue pales the rasperry powder)

Sift together the confectioners sugar, almond flour, and raspberry powder. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until foamy, then start slowly pouring in the granulated sugar. Continue beating until the egg whites are stiff. Fold the food coloring and 1/3 of the egg whites into the dry ingredients. Add the rest of the egg whites. Do not over beat. The consistency should be flowy, but if you lift a spoonful out of the batter, it will break off, not drizzle off.
Pipe the macarons onto your silpat mat or parchment paper. Set the oven to 320 F. Let the macarons sit for 10 min or so. Place in oven and bake for 5 or 6 minutes at 320 F. After that, turn the oven down to 270 F, and prop the oven open with the handle of a wooden spoon. Bake for another 7 - 8 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool for at least 10 minutes before trying to remove from the silpat/parchment. Let completely cool before filling.

Lemon Curd Mousse
3 egg yolks
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
6 T sugar
4 T cold butter, cubed

2 t powdered gelatin bloomed in 2 T cold water
7 oz whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
little bit o' yellow food coloring (again, the cream pales the lemon curd)

Combine the yolks, lemon zest and juice, and sugar in a sauce pan. Cook on medium high for about 8 minutes, whisking constantly, until it is thick. Stir in the butter. Remove from heat and strain to remove any bits of cooked egg. Let cool slightly.
Stir in the gelatin. Let cool until room temp. Fold in the whipped cream and food coloring; use immediately.

4 comments:

apparentlyjessy said...

And I love looking at your macarons! Please keep them coming, they are so beautiful!
That dress is lovely too! :)

Lena said...

That is a beautiful dress. I regret to inform you that Marilee is in vacation, so she has not picked up her cookies yet. I am going to call her so they dont go to waste.

What is the 500 days of summer?

Lena said...

Nevermind, I checked out the link, and I MUST see that movie. I think Nik will want to see it too, cause of Zoe, we should see it together.

Candice said...

I just saw my first preview of 500 days of summer this morning, and it looked really neat. Fun dress too - definitely you! My goodness, another fabulous macaron feat for you!!