I tried several recipes and tweaks before getting these hand pies right. You need lavender but not too much that things taste like soap. You also need sweetness but not too sweet that you can only taste sugar. The filling needs to be thick enough that it does leak and the dough has to be thin enough that to cooks all the way through when fried. I landed on a crisp pie with a delicately sweetened filling. It has a wonderful floral aroma but is not too overpowering. If lavender isn’t your thing you can just dip in granulated sugar or even add some lemon zest to your sugar before dipping.
I have very exciting news! b. sweet will be partnering with Palate Bottle Shop and Reserve and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on October 4th for A Night to Remember - dessert and wine pairing benefiting Alzheimer’s Research. I will be creating 4 mini desserts to pair with 4 wonderful dessert wines from Palate and all to support the fundraising efforts of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet for the Walk to Cure Alzheimer’s. Sweets, wine, and a good cause, what else do you need?
These macarons combine fall spices and summer stone fruit. Fresh plums are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, clove and star anise to warm up and deepen their sweet flavor. Then, they are mixed into Swiss meringue buttercream before being sandwiched between two fresh macaron shells. A taste of summer with the spice of upcoming fall.