Macadamia & wattleseed sable

Macadamia & wattleseed sable

Macadamia & wattleseed sable, blood lime & finger lime curd recipe

The easiest thing anyone can do with lemon or lime curd is spread it on bread. Simple, tasty and next to no effort. With a couple of jars of my blood lime & finger lime curd sitting on the fridge shelf, this is exactly what I did with most of it.

And then I had a creative spell.

Why not make a shortbread-type cookie and trick it up with a little curd?

Why not add toasted and ground wattleseeds to the cookie mix?

And why not make an Italian meringue and pipe dabs over the top and take to it with a blow torch it?

Macadamia & wattleseed sable, blood lime & finger lime curd recipe

Macadamia & wattleseed sable, blood lime & finger lime curd recipe

Fiddly as it may be, this is one dainty way to tart up a bunch of shortbread, or sable, as I did. A little extra effort for dessert or a “tea time” treat. The most strenuous part is the Italian meringue, and the most fun part – other than the eating – is the torching.

Edible flowers or micro herbs garnish these little darlings beautifully. I’ve used native violets from my back garden, just to complete the native Australian theme.

Macadamia & wattleseed sable, blood lime & finger lime curd recipe

Macadamia & wattleseed sable, blood lime & finger lime curd recipe

 

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Macadamia & wattleseed sable & finger lime curd
These dainty macadamia & wattleseed sable feature deliciously zingy curd made with blood limes and native Australian finger limes. You could even make these with regular store-bought lemon curd.
Instructions
Sable
  1. Line a baking tray with paper.
  2. Place the butter, flour, sugar, almonds and wattleseeds into a food processor. Process until incorporated. With the motor still running, drop in the egg. When the mixture comes together to form a dough, turn off the motor. Alternatively use you hands and mix the dough on a work surface.
  3. Once the dough has formed, bring it together, wrap it in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Dust your work surface with a little flour and roll out the dough to a 77 mm thickness. Cut into 7 cm x 3 cm rectangles and carefully place them onto the lined baking tray.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool completely before topping.
Italian meringue
  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to medium, allowing it to continue simmering. Brush down the sides with a wet pastry brush to remove any sugar crystals.
  2. Cook until the syrup reaches 115°C.
  3. Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peak form.
  4. Increase the heat on the sugar syrup and bring the temperature up to 120°C.
  5. With the motor running on high on the egg whites, gradually and very carefully pour the sugar syrup into the meringue. Once the syrup is in the meringue, reduce the motor to medium and mix for 15 minutes until thick and glossy.
To assemble
  1. Lay the sable cookies onto a work surface. Fill a piping bag with the curd and make dabs on top of each sable. Fill another piping bag with the meringue and make dabs over the curd, or next to it.
  2. Using a blow torch, scorch the meringue until golden. Sprinkle with the raw sugar, almond & wattleseed mixture and decorative flowers.
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  • Wow, these look amazing! Fiddly but well worth it. One day, when I have time, I’ll attempt a gluten-free version.

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    While we are on the ‘why not’s” why not send a dump load of those dainty sexy fingers of love over to me? Stunning John, and you know I am loving the flavour combo here. Well done darling, these are a pretty cool.

  • Amanda

    Gorgeous. Such a lovely seasonal dessert. I made your almond, banana cake. Delicious.

    • Thanks, Amanda. And great to hear that you tried the almond banana cake. I think I’m due to buy some bananas and let them turn black, just to make that cake again.

  • Barry Ozmo

    blood lime is new to me .thanks for the heads up.nice sweet

    • Blood limes seem to be more abundant than finger limes. I’m guessing there’s more demand for them, and more people producing them. We need to make finger limes more mainstream!

  • AmandaChewTown

    Why not?! Sounds like an incredible way to trick up the curd… which sounds delicious.

  • Barry Ozmo

    yeah john thanks

  • I love when your creative juices flow. When I saw this on Facebook, I just assumed those we macadamia nuts. Italian meringue is a great idea, and these look wonderful

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