Passion fruit is one of my favorite fruits and it is always a special treat for me. I love the sweet but the slightly sour taste at the same time. Every time I cut open a passion fruit I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the inside. A passion fruit is a surprise egg for adults.
Whenever I am in a pastry store and there is any kind of cake with passion fruit I am most likely to buy a passion fruit cake [except I am in Munich in the Café Erbshäuser I will buy a slice of Prinzregententorte].
While I was writing down my recipe for the cookies filled with lemon curds I had a sudden inspiration to replace the lemon curd with a passion fruit curd filling. A few days later I was at the market and spotted a special offer for passion fruits. I got 10 perfectly ripe passion fruits for 1,80 € [and two extra passion fruits because the vendor was very sweet]. I took that as a sign and made a passion fruit curd and sandwiched my cookies with a heavenly delicious passion fruit curd.
I did not sandwiched all cookies with the passion fruit curd because I like the marzipan sugar cookies plain as well. The leftover plain cookies I kept in a tea caddy and put it on my dresser. Whenever I am in desperate need of a cookie I open my little caddy and sneak a cookie. This tea caddy became my little secret tin but I am afraid that it is no secret anymore since I told you and you know where to find cookies in my home.
Makes 50 to 60 plain cookies [and 20 sandwiched cookies]
Passion Fruit Curd
- 4-5 ripe passion fruits [about 75 g passion fruit flesh], look for passion fruits with wrinkled skin which indicated that they are ripe
- 35 g fine granulated sugar
- 1 eggs
- 20 g unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
- 200 g all-purpose flour
- 30 g granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 100 g marzipan paste
- 125 g unsalted butter (cold)
- Confectioners' sugar
Passion Fruit Curd
- Cut the passion fruits into half. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
- Mix the passion fruit flesh, sugar and egg in a stainless steel bowl. Over a double boiler whisk (use an egg whisk)the mixture continuously until the mixture starts thickening which takes about 10 minutes. As soon as the curd becomes a creamy and thick consisteny, remove from the double boiler.
- Add the butter to the passion fruit curd and mix until smooth. You can leave the seeds of the passion fruit in the curd or strain the curd in a sieve [which I did].
- As soon as the creme has cooled down transfer the lemon curd to the refrigerator and let it rest for a few hours. The lemon curd will continue to thicken while in the fridge.
- Put the flour and sugar on a clean surface. Form a well in the center and put the egg in the center of the well. Cut the butter and the marzipan paste into small pieces and add to the ingredients.
- Knead all the ingredients quickly until the dough is smooth. If the dough is too dry add a little bit of cold water. Cover the dough in a plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for at least one hour.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 3 to 4 mm thick.
- Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter. It depends on the size of your cookie cutter but I cut out 50 cookies ( the cookie cutter that I used was 6 cm diameter).
- Place the cookies on baking sheets (do not forget the parchment paper).
- Let the cookies rest for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Bake the cookies for 4 to 5 minutes. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack.
- Spread the lemon curd onto half of the cookies and press the plain cookies onto. I used 1 teaspoon of lemon curd for each cookie.
- Dust the sandwiched cookies with confectioners’ sugar. Let the cookies rest for about 30 minutes until the cookies are firm.
- Because of the lemon curd between the cookies you can store the cookies at the most two days in the fridge. However, you can keep the lemon curd up to one week in the fridge. You can keep the cookies in a tin and make the sandwiched cookies “fresh”.
|My secret cookie tin.|
*The recipe for the cookie dough is taken from Zeitmagazin which is part of the newspaper "Die Zeit". Here is the link to the