Cloud 9

This dessert started with the idea to create a “floating cloud” look on a plate. It’s composed of an upside-down pavlova, topped with chantilly and pismaniye (halva floss). Hidden inside are fresh raspberries filled with a blended pdf, macarons, toasted pistachios, and rose petals. Finished with a chocolate number “9” because…it’s not just any cloud, it’s Cloud 9.

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Macaron Recipe (Adapted from Pierre Hermé)

I’ve tested many macaron recipes over the years. Overall, I’ve found that getting the right ingredients, understanding the techniques, and troubleshooting is significantly more important than the recipe itself (i.e. the slight differences in the ratios of the ingredients). Last week, we finally tested this recipe with a grade 11 student of mine making macarons for the first time. With some guidance, we had pretty good results. That’s when I know it’s time to share. For the sake of accuracy, we are not going to include any volumetric measurements for this recipe. Go get your scale! Read More