Macarons = awesome, Ice cream = awesome
Macarons + icecream = Infiniteawesomeness!!
The inspiration for these delicious ice cream filled macarons came from my trip to Columbus this Christmas. No, it wasn't the freezing cold or the thick white snow, but a much less abtract source, my favourite ice creamdestination - Jeni's Ice cream. You may have heard me bitch and moan about there not being a Jeni's next door and that I have to go all the way to Columbus to have a scoop of our favourite flavors ranging from Salty caramel ( you will see it here soon!) to chocolate with Cayenne. T's favourite is Jeni's Splendid Pistachio ice cream which I found the actual recipe (straight from Jeni Britton herself! ) to and made last summer.
But this time there was something new at Jeni's. These:
These frozen desserts are a meringue cookie shell filled with ice cream and about the size of my fist. Of course I ate mine (filled with salty caramel ice cream and studded with almonds-Yum!) all in one go. On the way back from the ice cream
heaven store. In the car. Licking the melted ice cream off my fingers and feeling a little sick from the sweetness overdose and brain freeze even before we were halfway home.
So naturally I had to give these a try as soon as I could. With a few tweaks- they HAD to be smaller-bite sized, so they could do less harm. I used the coffee macaron shells from my Baileys Macaron cocktails- Mactails and put a round measuring spoonful of store bought (sigh! unfortunately not Jeni's) vanilla ice cream in between the shells. Then inspired by an entry in a previous Mactweets roundup, I rolled the macaron edgewise in some sprinkles so that it stuck to the filling. Then they went into the freezer to rest overnight so that the shells could absorb some moisture and flavour from the ice cream. Then they all got eaten.YUM!
Recipe for macaron shells: See my post here
For Jenis Splendind Pistachio Ice cream, see my post here
Am sending these macarons to the Mac-attack challenge of dessert inspired macarons at the Mactweets blog
On another note, thanks to all those who have so far sent in entries to my first ever event, featuring dishes inspired by Kerala- Kerala Kitchen. It's been so much fun and nostalgic (cal?) being reminded of childhood favourites I haven't tasted in a while! We are on the last week for entries so those who haven't yet got a chance to mail your entries in, make sure you do to magpiemails(at)gmail (dot) com by the 30th!
Click on the logo below or on the Kerala Kitchen page link above for details,