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Archive for the ‘Tropical Fruit’ Category

Mango-Hibiscus Macarons – MacAttack V

Posted by osakaben41 on March 9, 2010



Mango shells filled with hibiscus tapioca, candied hibiscus garnish


That time again, when folks start inexplicably making Macarons again.  MacAttack V is upon us, now with instructions to bake something floral, something bespeaking of the glory of spring, something to get us through the cruel taunting New England March that takes us from shorts and spf 50 to snow-pants and wind chapped cheeks from one day to the next.

Rather than try to shape macs like a daisy (wow is that hard), or serve them on ‘stems‘ (though this is something to come back to later), I wanted to revisit my earlier failure with hibiscus.  That time I ground up dried flowers as finely as I could (not fine enough it turned out), added them to the dry ingredients and went from there.  As I’m starting to learn, the shells will almost always taste of almond though, so how best to get a hibiscus flavor in there? Read the rest of this entry »


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Key Lime Pie

Posted by osakaben41 on September 25, 2009

Key Lime 1

I do so love me some limes.  

One of the first things I wanted to try making from the Charlie Trotter Desserts book was this recipe for a stacked, crustless Key Lime Pie.  However until Starfruit made themselves available I was sadly thwarted. Read the rest of this entry »

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Passion Fruit

Posted by osakaben41 on August 30, 2009

Passion Fruit

These were a bear to find, but after a few months of scouring the Boston area, I ended up with 4 not-quite ripe Passion Fruits.  They were fairly expensive, and had to sit out for almost a week to ripen, so I felt compelled to treat them with a certain amount of respect.  I could play with bananas or apples all day long, and not think twice about throwing away failed experiments, but these were precious.

Looking around online I came across a number of recipes for Passion Fruit sauce, or simply using the seeds as a garnish.  They’re also commonly mixed into cocktails, and apparently used to complement other (presumably cheaper) fruits.  What we needed here though was something that just let the passion fruit stand on it’s own, an extended guitar solo if you will.  For a minute I thought about just doing a quick sorbet, but that just seemed too simple.
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Tropical Ice Cream Plate

Posted by osakaben41 on August 22, 2009

ice cream

The Cookbook library is starting to grow out of control these days, but my last remaining justification is that I’ve used each one at least once.  With that in mind, I had to get around to doing something from the amazing CIA textbook, Frozen Desserts by Francisco Migoya.  The decision to buy this one wasn’t easy at the time.  It’s expensive (but I had a coupon), the aesthetic is much more stark and modern than rustic and homey (Think Mies van der Rohe vs. This Old House), and as it was written for the professional pastry chef, calls for ingredients (Trimoline?) and tools (Pacojet?) that I don’t think my wife will let me get. Read the rest of this entry »

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