Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Ibiza Inspired Peach Macarons


Childhood summer memories is the latest Mactweets Mac Attack challenge (Mactweets is a really fun blog round up of all things macaron) and the one that inspired my peach recipe is of family beach holidays in Ibiza. Evening walks through Old Ibiza Town, the flamboyant party outfits that people wore, being allowed to stay up later than bedtime, and eating enormous ice-cream sundaes topped with cocktail umbrellas, sparklers and colourful paper parrot decorations which I would take home and proudly add to my holiday scrapbook.

The ice cream pastel colour and summery flavour of these peach macaroons reminds me of happy times and glam holiday fashion in 80s Ibiza...

INGREDIENTS

Shells:
175g icing sugar
125g ground almonds
3 large egg whites
75g caster sugar
A drop or two of peachy food colouring

Filling:
100g unsalted butter at room temperature
200g icing sugar
2 tbsp peach jam
A drop or two of peachy food colouring

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds in a food processor to a very fine mixture, then sift into a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt to soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the caster sugar until thick and glossy and finally the peach food colouring.

3. Fold half the almond and icing sugar mixture into the meringue and mix well. Add the remaining half, making sure you use a spatula to cut and fold the mixture until it is shiny and has a thick, ribbon-like consistency as it falls from the spatula. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm plain nozzle.

4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Pipe small rounds of the macaroon mixture, about 3cm across, onto the baking sheets. Give the baking sheets a sharp tap on the work surface to ensure a good ‘foot’. Leave to stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to form a slight skin. This is important – you should be able to touch them lightly without any mixture sticking to your finger. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

5. Meanwhile, make the peach filling. In a bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy, add the peach jam and food colouring then beat in the icing sugar. Use to sandwich pairs of macaroons together.

Makes about 20.

Recipe adapted from Delicious Magazine.


11 comments:

How To Be Perfect said...

Yum! Peach was a great flavour choice, these sound delicious x

diaryofamadhausfrau.com said...

Oh yours came out so lovely. The peach flavor makes my mouth water and the photo is just great.

(Sigh)

I♥ Ibiza.

Jamie said...

Love this! Love the photo! Love the flavor! It is all so tropical and fun and so glad you baked macs with us this month! Perfect!

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Sounds like some amazing memories and peach is so perfectly 80's. (The recipe is missing the number of eggwhites).

Barbara Bakes said...

Sounds like great memories. Love the pretty color!

April said...

Whoops! Thanks Linda V, now corrected! x

Cynthia said...

Wow! Those look amazing. I love the color and you just can't go wrong with peach flavor.

Sue said...

These turned out beautifully! Peach is the perfect summer flavor!

Deeba PAB said...

Can never go wrong with peach, and linked to such colourful memories, these can only be FUN!! Beautiful flavours {my fave} and beautiful connect. Glad you chose to join us at MacTweets! Wonderful to have you on!

Bonnie said...

What a pretty color. Peaches are the epitome of summer fruit. Your macs are lovely.

Pamela said...

What a fun color and flavor! I love peaches, this looks so tasty!

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