I adore passionfruit and I need no excuses to use its fragrant sharpness in a dish: these macarons are filled with a simple passionfruit filling which cuts through the sweetness of the shells.
The macaron shells are lightly colured with purple food colouring powder, decorated with melted white chocolate and are sprinkled with dried raspberries (one of my favourite embellishments for sweet dishes!
A cheat’s filling!
The filling is simply white chocolate mixed with passionfruit curd and a little passionfruit juice.
In the UK the curd can be found in many garden centres and RHS properties, but I have been known to buy it online: given the amount of passionfruit needed to make your own, which I would with most other curds, it is easier to buy it. Mind you, I do push up the passionfruit flavour by adding fresh passionfruit juice.
For the full instructions for making perfect macarons, my post on macarons is here. It is a long post, which also has a troubleshooting section and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
NB: I always go for a French meringue as it is so speedy and it always works like a dream for me, but you can go for Italian meringue if you prefer.
The usual rules apply for the proportions of the ingredients, and so based on the weight of the egg whites you have:
- use the same weight in caster sugar
- multiply the weight of the egg whites by 1.25 for the amount of almonds
- multiply the weight of the egg whites by 1.25 for the amount of icing sugar
Recipe: passionfruit macarons
- see Macaron making above, with the link to making the macarons
For this batch I used:
- 60g egg white
- 60g caster sugar
- 75g icing sugar
- 75g ground almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon of powdered purple food colouring
- 130g melted white chocolate
- 100g passionfruit curd
- juice of 3 passionfruit
- melted white chocoalte to drizzle over
- freeze-dried raspberries
(1) Make the macaron shells as in the recipe link above and leave to cool before gently lifting them off the trays.
(2) To make the filling, simply beat the chocolate, passionfruit curd and passionfruit juice together to give a smooth mixture. Chill until just set (enough so that it holds its shape).
(3) Pipe or spoon the filling onthe macaron shells and sandwich together. Decorate in any way you wish – or even leave them as they are.
(4) Place in an airtight container in the fridge ideally at least overnight for them to “mature”: the filling firms up and the shells gently soften up with the filling, becoming more melt-in-the mouth.