Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Passionfruit S'mores + 13 Ways with Passionfruit

passionfruit s'mores

13 Ways with... Passionfruit

It has been quite a while but I thought it was about time that I bought this monthly column back, because I always loved putting it together. Choosing one ingredient and finding so many different ways to use it was really inspiring and I have discovered so many great new blogs in the process! So I'm back this month with Passionfruit, which are in season here at the moment. I scored 7 for $2 at the market, what a bargain!

I've got a great recipe for you today plus a bunch of other fantastic ones too, so keep reading! I hope this inspires you to make at least one of these awesome looking desserts.

Drink it...

13 Ways with Passionfruit

Picture Credits: My Kitchen Antics & Donna Hay

1. I love the sound of this totally unique Passionfruit Mojito with an Indian Twist from My Kitchen Antics. I mean passionfruit with salt and green chilli, heaps of lime and mint sounds like such an interesting combination in a drink! Also scroll down in this post to find another delicious sounding Passionfruit Iced Tea.

2. This pretty and refreshing Passionfruit Cordial comes courtesy of Donna Hay. Actually I remember this recipe in one of the very first issues that I ever bought! If it was me though, I’d add a smidgen of vodka or rum to turn this into a delicious and summery cocktail. Yum!

Chill it...

13 Ways with Passionfruit
Picture Credits: Un Dejeuner de Soleil & Gourmet Traveller

3. Nutella is one of my favourite things on the planet, which is why I am drawn to this Creamy Chocolate Spread with Passionfruit from Un Dejeuner Se Soleil. Doesn't it look incredible! I think it would be delicious slathered over a warm baguette. Note, the recipe is in French.

4. This Passionfruit Coconut Creme Caramels with Lychee Granita from Gourmet Traveller magazine sounds deliciously tropical, and would be perfect for a casual summer dinner party. I love the idea of Passionfruit together with lychee too - yum!

13 Ways with Passionfruit
Picture Credits: Inspiring the Everyday & Gizzi Erskine

5. Passionfruit and coconut are beautiful in desserts together, and this Coconut Mousse with Passionfruit and Cherries from Inspiring the Everyday looks so delicious, especially with the addition of Rainier cherries too. Perfect for right now.

6. I've been loving Eton Mess this summer, and it seems Sydney does too as it's been popping up on quite a few restaurants' dessert menus this year. It's such a simple but delicious dessert that usually involves berries, but I love the sound of this Eton Mess with Passionfruit, Lemon Curd & Raspberries from Gizzi Erskine. It's definitely going on my list of things to make!

13 Ways with Passionfruit
Picture Credits: Raspberri Cupcakes & Citrus and Candy

7. This incredible Passionfruit & Lemon Trifle with Macarons is a 7 layer beauty by my gorgeous friend Steph from Raspberri Cupcakes. Passion Pop mousse, lemon cake, lemon and passionfruit curd, Passiona jelly, passionfruit and chocolate macarons, whipped cream with fresh passionfruit and mini meringues on top - um YES! What an absolutely stunning dessert.

8. Another fabulous recipe from one of my good friends, this Baked Alaska with French Earl Grey Icecream and Passionfruit from Citrus and Candy is right up my alley. I've made the ice cream before and loved it, so I can only imagine how good it would be in this beautiful Baked Alaska.

Bake it...

13 Ways with Passionfruit
Picture Credits: Spicy Icecream & Athena Plichta

9. These Passionfruit Cheesecake Brownies from my archives is actually one of my all-time favourite recipes. The fudgy brownie is the perfect match to the creamy cheesecake and sweet tang of the Passionfruit. I hope you'll give this very easy recipe a try soon!

10. This Lemon Cake with Passionfruit Syrup from Athena Plichta sounds incredible, but I also love the photos on this beautiful blog!

13 Ways with Passionfruit
Picture Credits: Spicy Icecream & Some Cappuccino with Cake

11. This Passionfruit Vanilla Slice is one of my Mum's favourites and something that she regularly requests me to make. With passionfruit in the custard and the the glaze, this is a lovely dessert. I remember how all the Passionfruit made my kitchen smell incredible for hours.

12. My favourite macaron flavour on the planet is Passionfruit and Milk Chocolate, and these specimens from Some Cappuccino with Cake look beautiful. I'm still not a very confident macaron baker, but one day I'll give this flavour a try! If you aren't yet converted to the Passionfruit/Chocolate combination, you've got to try this macaron flavour!

passionfruit s'mores

13. And today's recipe is one I'm quite thrilled to share today. The idea for Passionfruit S'mores has been floating around in my head for a while, and I was so pleased with how it turned out. Using homemade Graham crackers and homemade Passionfruit marshmallows, plus squares of Lindt Dark Chocolate with sea salt, I can now understand why S'mores are so popular! Gooey, sticky, messy and delicious.

I say this every time, but making marshmallows from scratch is not as tricky as you might think and the result is totally worth it. I'll never buy store bought marshmallows ever again! I absolutely loved the addition of passionfruit in them!

passionfruit s'mores

Friday, January 25, 2013

Lamington Ice Cream Pops

lamington ice cream pop
Australia Day is one of my favourite holidays. It's by far the most relaxed, a great excuse to spend time with friends over a few beers and fire up the BBQ. I also like showcasing some classic Australian dishes here on my blog, with one of my favourite (obviously) being the Lamington. Last year I recreated it in doughnut form, which was awesome, but this year I wanted to turn it into ice cream. Chocolate and coconut are two things that work together so well, so I had high hopes for these little ice cream pops.

While they aren't the prettiest dessert I've ever made, I still loved them. They were better than a Magnum ice cream. I used my favourite no churn ice cream recipe, which has to be the easiest in the world. Using only a handful of ingredients you can create a delicious and super creamy ice cream without a fancy ice cream maker that can be adapted in any way you can think of. Can't get much better than that!

lamington ice cream pop

I used high quality chocolate both in the ice cream itself and for the coating and then rolled it in coconut chips for extra crunch. However if coconut chips aren't available where you live, some toasted shredded coconut would also be delicious. You could also swap the chocolate ice cream for vanilla or coconut, or even strawberry if you prefer! Unfortunately the coating wasn't quite as even as I would have liked, so if anyone has any suggestions as to how to do this better next time, I'm all ears!

These pops can be made well in advance and kept in the freezer and I think would be the perfect sweet ending for any Australia Day celebrations you've got planned this long weekend!

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lamington ice cream pop

Monday, January 21, 2013

Peach Melba Panna Cotta

peach melba panna cotta

With Australia Day coming up next weekend, I thought I'd start the celebrations early with a cute new take on an Aussie dessert. Simple and unfussy but beautiful and summery, I think these would be the perfect sweet ending to a long weekend picnic or backyard BBQ!

The Peach Melba was created in the late 1800's at a dinner party to honour singer Australian singer Nellie Melba and has since become a classic dessert. Typically containing peaches, raspberry sauce and vanilla ice cream, I wanted to use these flavours (two of my absolute favourite summer fruits!) in a pretty panna cotta.

I started with a classic vanilla bean panna cotta, the perfect blank slate for any number of other flavours. The top layer is a sunny peach jelly that I again kept quite simple with just a little lime juice and honey to allow the flavour of the peaches to really shine. You may need to add more or less sweetness depending on how ripe your peaches are. On top, just a few raspberries for a slightly tart contrast to the sweet and creamy dessert. When you get a little bit of everything in the one spoonful, it's delicious.

peach melba panna cotta

I thought the jars were a nice way to display this pretty dessert, and you can just put on the lids to make them perfectly portable for your picnic. Of course you could also make these in ramekins and turn them out onto a serving plate for a more elegant presentation. If you do this I'd reverse the order of the recipe below so your peach jelly layer is made first and is on the top when unmoulded.

I know I posted a peach recipe last week, but they are just fantastic at the moment and I want to make the most of them while their short season lasts! If you feel the same as I do, check out this post with lots more great ways to use peaches from the archives and also some of my favourite blogs. Hopefully if time permits, I'll be back later in the week with another great Aussie recipe!

peach melba panna cotta

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hazelnut Frangipane Tart with Semillon Vanilla Peaches

hazelnut frangipane tart with semillon vanilla peaches
And just like that, we are almost halfway through January, and halfway through summer too. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know I can’t get enough summer stone fruit! As much as I love yellow peaches, nectarines and plums, I had never given much thought to baking with white peaches before. But I love their light, floral taste and they are in season right now.

making semillon vanilla peaches
Over the weekend I wanted to experiment with a new tart crust recipe, based on Matt Moran's chocolate pastry that has never failed me. I hate it when pastry shrinks in the oven, but this recipe uses eggs to bind it together instead of water and eliminates that, so I wanted to see if a plain sweet version would work based on the same method. I'm happy to report that it did, and while its not as delicate and buttery as some other pastry recipes, it seems to be a little more reliable, easy to roll out, and it freezes really well too (this recipe made enough for two large tarts and a few smaller ones).

And so with the tart crust a success, I needed a delicious filling to go inside! Inspired by a beautiful dessert that my friend Karen made last summer, I decided to use hazelnuts, Frangelico and lots of vanilla in the frangipane mixture (because I had run out of almonds, oops) and it was so lovely.

semillon vanilla peaches
And on top, some of the beautiful white peaches I had bought a few days earlier, cooked gently in a syrup made from dessert wine, honey and vanilla bean, just perfect. I used a lovely Cane Cut Semillon from Vasse Felix that has been one of my favourites since our lunch at the vineyard a few years ago that was a lovely match for the peaches. And if stone fruit isn't in season where you live, I think this would also be beautiful with apples or pears!

It was so nice to be pottering around in the kitchen again after all the craziness in the last few weeks. I'm so inspired by all the great produce around at the moment so I can't wait to share some more summery recipes with you before the season is over! But it has me curious, what is your favourite summer fruit? xx

hazelnut frangipane tart with semillon vanilla peaches


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