I was drawn to this particular recipe because I found the flavours interesting, and I love playing around with different ideas and flavours where food is involved. I know there is nothing unusual about combing coconut and pandan , its just I’ve never seen it used with a french macaron before.
This is another recipe from Adriano Zumbo and uses the basic macaron reciepe from my last macaron blog salted butter and popcorn macaron (https://inprosciuttoofperfection.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-macaron-challenge).
I absolutely love the look of of these macaroons, the colour of the pandan and coconut ganache is just so striking ( although Zumbo used an uncoloured pandan essence in his recipe, I chose to use a coloured one because I really wanted a strong bold contrast of colours) , as is the flavours of this exotic Thai influenced macaron. I love these delicate meringue like cookies, a sweet little treat be enjoyed anytime , (but maybe not too often the waist-line might not agree).
PANDAN & COCONUT GANACHE:
- 150g UHT coconut cream
- 5g Pandan extract
- 2 Pandan leaves
- 1 Makrut (kaffir lime leaf ), chopped
- 250g white coverture chocolate, chopped or buttons
- 80g unsalted butter, chopped and softened
- 15g desiccated coconut
1 quantity of macaron shells (https://inprosciuttoofperfection.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-macaron-challenge).
- Place coconut cream, pandan extract ,pandan leaves and makrut leaf in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil
- turn off heat and set aside to infuse for 20 minutes
- return coconut cream to the boil
- put chocolate in a bowl
- strain hot coconut milk over chocolate
- stir until mixture is smooth then cool to 50ºC
- when chocolate is right temperature blitz in butter with a stick mixer until smooth
- fold in desiccated coconut, then allow the ganache to cool and become firm enough to pipe
- fill piping bag fitted with a 9mm plain nozzle
- pipe ganache on flat side of macaron then top with remaining shells
- top with green coconut ( to colour coconut , put in a plastic bag with a few drops of green food colouring , seal and shake well).
Place in fridge to set and store.
- The Macaron Challenge (inprosciuttoofperfection.wordpress.com)
- Macaron Vs Macaroon (pinkbutterfliesblogspot.wordpress.com)
- Tiramisu Macaron (daydreamerdesserts.com)