The Brellis House

 

Raspberry Chocolate Macarons

Posted on December 13th, 2013 by Dan

The Brellis House: Vegan Raspberry French Macarons with Chocolate GanacheWe had such an overwhelming reception to our updated French Macaron recipe. We were featured in 9 Vegan & Decadent French Desserts by Care2.com and had a big boost of visitors from pinterest, tumblr, and findingvegan.com. Thanks to everyone who visited the site, made the macarons, and commented on the recipe.

The Brellis House: Rows of Vegan Raspberry French Macarons with Chocolate GanacheI know, as a group of vegan bakers, we can perfect this recipe. I made this batch with my same base recipe (no lemon zest or yellow food coloring) and added a few drops of raspberry juice to the versawhip ‘egg whites’. The filling is a chocolate ganache left over from our Berger Cookies.

The Brellis House: Vegan Raspberry French Macarons with Chocolate GanacheThese turned out beautifully, the pink shells and black chocolate contrast very nicely. To get rid of my hollow centers, I let them rest on the counter for 2 hours before baking and then baked them at 250°F for 25 minutes. This resulted in shells that mostly were not hollow, but still had porous centers. I have a few ideas to fix this, which I think comes from the batter being too thick- also this should help make a flatter, less puffed shell. Next time I think I’ll keep the 25 minute baking time at the lower temperature and try less almond meal/powdered sugar.

Let me know how your macarons are turning out and thanks for all your sharing & support!

Summer Berries

Posted on June 19th, 2012 by Dan

No, it’s not summer yet.

Tomorrow brings the onslaught of 100°F days, dry dry gardens, and empty rain barrels.

sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries

But I’m celebrating summer 1 day early with my summer berries. I picked up 2 pints of sour cherries, blueberries and raspberries. They’re bursting with color and smell amazing. I just couldn’t stop myself from getting home, washing them all and snapping some shots in pretty bowls, while simultaneously trying not to eat all of them at once.

I really struggle with such gems this time of year. In my mind, nothing is a good enough application for these delicious morsels. I have tentative plans for some of them, but need to quickly decide on some other uses.

Anyway, hope these photos made your mouth water.