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Slightly savoury raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons recipe! Decorated with lunar new year roosters!

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Savoury cakes and snacks, Special everyday cakes and treats

This was an experiment but the filling’s so yummy and easy to make I wanted to share these macarons with you immediately!  And say happy lunar new year to you!  If you celebrate I hope you’re having a lovely time with mountains of delicious food naturally.  I’ve been making pineapple tarts, those traditional new year cookies with only egg yolk in the pastry so there were surplus egg whites pleading to be whipped up into macarons.  And there’s been a flu virus whooshing its way around Barcelona that’s left me weak and a little feverish yet curiously able to function in the kitchen with extra time on my hands to paint edible roosters.  Lol.  Sorry, back to the point:  these raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons are delicious!  They’re almost savoury with a lovely hit of freshly-ground black pepper in the Philadelphia cream cheese layer.  Then the fruity layer is fresh raspberry purée set with gelatine (you could use agar agar) and sweetened with a little sugar.  Close your eyes as you savour them and you’ll be reminded of a light, delicious cheesecake with a beautiful balance of textures and flavours!  Open your eyes and you’ll see a collection of dinky roosters interspersed with lotus flowers! 🙂

raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

Raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons for a fire-rooster new year!

THE RECIPE – for 30 macarons

I invented this recipe.  Yay!  It’s inspired by my belief that macaron fillings should be as savoury, zingy, tangy or fresh as possible to counterbalance the sweetness of the shells.  You can play around with the quantity of black pepper and the ratio of cream cheese to raspberry layer.  It’s all very flexible.  My friend (and teatime cake tester) loved these best sweeter but actually adored them all, saying the black pepper really belonged there!  She closed her eyes and say ‘hmmm’ at every first bite.  Not ‘hmmm’ as in ‘what am I eating?’ but as in ‘yum yum, I’m in macaron heaven.’

Macaron shells (bake 60 shells to make 30 macarons)

There’s no need to paint roosters.  Just have pink macaron shells to reflect the raspberry filling.  Follow your own macarons recipe or use my step-by-step instructions for Italian macaron shells in the basics section – they’re very do-able!  Cool completely before filling and if you prefer make the day before (store in airtight tupperware at room temperature).

raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

Raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

Optional rooster decoration:  do this before filling.  Draw the outline of the roosters with a red edible food pen. Add a little water to edible gold powder and with a thin paintbrush fill in the roosters and add dots around the edge.  Then use tweezers to put a little edible gold paper on the tail to add height and the idea of a shimmering flame, because 2017 is a fire rooster year!

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You can also draw lotus flowers or anything you like!  Perhaps some hearts for Valentine’s Day?

Filling (for 30 macarons)

Raspberry layer

These inserts can be made up to a month before and kept in the freezer wrapped in plastic film in airtight tupperware.  Defrost a little before using.

  • 190ml/g (3/4 cup) raspberry juice (from about 300g/10.5oz frozen or fresh raspberries)
  • 23g/1 and 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5g/2 and 1/2 sheets gelatine

You can use shallow silicone moulds like these, filling around 2-3mm high (maybe 4mm).

raspberry layer moulds

You need rounds about the same size or diametre as your macarons so alternatively you could use a silicone tray then cut out rounds with a cutter when the jelly’s set but not too frozen.

Raspberry jelly insert or layer illustrated recipe

Cream cheese layer

Quantities depend on how big your macarons are and on taste (how much cream cheese you’d like in each macaron) so please adapt.

  • 225g/8oz Philadelphia cream cheese (or some other brand) at room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon (more or less) freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Beat the cheese with the freshly-ground black pepper to combine well.

Assembly

Pipe a layer of cream cheese on a macaron shell.  Top with a raspberry layer and the decorated shell.  Smooth the filling by going around the edge with a finger.

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Tada!  A yummy macaron!  They’re a bit higher than my usual macarons so next time I could make the raspberry layer a little thinner.  Another possibility is a ring of cream cheese with a small circle of raspberry jelly inside.  But with these higher ones there’s a nice ratio of filling to shell, making the macarons tastier and more refreshing.

raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

Eating and storing

Once filled store in the fridge.  Keep on a tray uncovered 24 hours then store in airtight tupperware.  The jelly and cream cheese make these macarons soften rapidly so you can eat them almost immediately but preferably after 1 or 2 hours.  They’re best eaten the same day.  The next day they’ll be tasty but softer and the jelly layer starts colouring the cream cheese.  You can store the cream cheese mixture separately in the fridge, and the macaron shells and raspberry inserts in the freezer, then assemble macarons every few days.

Sharing

These aren’t exactly healthy (despite the raspberry juice?!).  But they are gluten-free treats so I’m taking them to Free From Fridays hosted by Mel@lecoindemel and Emma@Freefromfarmhouse.  Do check out the great ‘free-from’ recipes there!

Free from fridays

And please help yourselves to a macaron or two, or three…!  Um… they’re not very sweet so they feel very light and both my friend and I managed to eat six in a row (or was it more?) but don’t tell anyone.  Quality control you know. 🙂

raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons

Have a raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macaron!

Bidding you a fond farewell sweet reader and a fire-cracking start to the rooster new year!  May it be a wonderful one for you with… yes, lots of happy baking and eating! 🙂 Lili x

P.S.  Cock-a-doodle-doo!  Sorry, been dying to say that…

 

 

 

 

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Making cakes with my French mother on Sundays was an important part of my childhood. As an adult I then experimented with baking books and internet recipes and did a great patisserie course in Le Cordon Bleu Paris. I'm still trying out new recipes and creating some of my own cakes with influences from all around the world, adding some healthy ones to the repertoire. Yes, I love cakes!!! :)

24 thoughts on “Slightly savoury raspberry and black pepper cheesecake macarons recipe! Decorated with lunar new year roosters!”

  1. Lili, these are the most adorable macarons I have ever seen! It’s such a cute design, and the colours go so well with the macaron shell, especially the shimmery gold. And such an intriguing flavour combination! I always love a bit of sweet-savoury ambiguity 🙂

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    • Aw thanks for the sweet comments Laurie! I’m very happy you like the macarons and yes sweet-savoury stuff is great, especially with macarons so they don’t end up too sweet. 🙂

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