Have you had an overdose of Easter chocolate over the last few days? If so, then let me tell you a story.
When I first came to France I discovered a totally “normal” condition called une crise de foie (literally translated = liver crisis). I was always alarmed when Antoine told me after Easter time that his liver was under attack and he would immediately head for the medicine cabinet. Heavens. This was serious. Much to my relief and gradual amusement over the years, however, it was just his adorable French way of saying he’d eaten too much chocolate. How can you eat too much chocolate?
I’m just back after spending a precious week with the family back in Scotland. It was celebration after celebration. There was a Scottish dancing ceildih evening – kilts galore along with the traditional bashed neeps (turnips), tatties and haggis – at my aunt & uncle’s 40th Wedding Anniversary. And to start it all off, we had two birthdays: my daughter, Julie’s and my own.
After tasting Monsieur Genin’s gungy passionfruit and mango caramels in Paris with Adam (from ParisPatisseries.com fame) and seeing a stack of passionfruits wafting their aromas at the market, I had the inspiration for a birthday cake. As Antoine would be approaching another “crisis”, then my usual flourless chocolate cake was out of the question. I needed something that could double up as an adult “cake” and a fun birthday cake for a 11-year-old who is still 5 at heart. For a change it wasn’t macarons. Yes, believe it or not, I don’t always make macarons. 😉 Besides, I had run out of whites…
So I made some choux buns and tried out Manu’s filling for Genovesi Ericine that she used as a guest recipe as part of the egg yolk series. Instead of her lemon filling, I mixed in the juice of 3 passion fruits. I loved the consistency and that it didn’t use any butter. So, feeling decadent I topped the whole thing off with a buttery caramel sauce (see recipe for caramel au beurre salé) that was perfumed with the juice of a couple of passion fruits.
Here’s the recipe for passionfruit choux buns. Then I had some fun and surprised Julie…
Speaking of hats, the celebrations continue. In Scotland last week the hype of the Royal Wedding was everywhere. It’s impossible to miss the mugs, plates, teapots, banners, flags etc. embellished with William and Catherine’s photos for the Big Day on Friday 29th. Don’t forget to send me your photos of Royal Macarons, please! (Jill@MadAboutMacarons(dot)com) and I’ll parade them on next week’s post on Le Blog. Come on, I’ve only got one so far. Does this mean I have to make the rest myself? 😉
Another celebration? I had a lovely surprise from Dee from Deelicioussweets for honouring Le Blog with an award! Thank you so much, Dee!
Plus la fête continues. Traditionally on 1st May in France, we celebrate la Fête du Travail with a national holiday. Except this year – not much luck – it falls on Sunday. It’s a wonderful custom as posies of Lily of the Valley (Muguet) are offered to family and friends to bring good luck. So, here’s mine to you all a little early, as they popped out a little early in my herb garden. Wishing you all happiness and a year of bonheur, my friends!