Peanut butter and jelly kisses
( MAKES 20-24 )
Photo by Tam West
The Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills does a very American peanut butter jelly macaron filling and, although I enjoyed a macaron masterclass with pastry chef Lee Ann Tolentino, they are too fiddly for me. I have made a much more forgiving kiss — what have become known as LA kisses in my home.
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For the biscuits
|⅓ cup||Caster sugar|
|2 tsp||Golden syrup|
|½ tsp||Baking powder|
|1 Tbsp||Matcha (green tea) powder, or use cocoa powder; use more to taste if wished|
|½ tsp||Baking soda, dissolved in 1 Tbsp warm water|
|1 jar||Jam, use as much as needed for filling|
For the filling
To make the biscuits
- Heat the oven to 180C.
- Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and golden syrup.
- Sift in the flour, baking powder and matcha or cocoa. Add the baking soda dissolved in water and mix gently until just combined.
- Place teaspoonfuls on a baking tray lined with baking paper and cook 10-15 minutes.
- Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- Pair kisses of similar sizes. Spread peanut butter icing around the outside of one of each pair, and place a spoonful of jam in the middle and sandwich together with the partner.
To make the filling
Mix ingredients together with enough boiling water (approx. 2 Tbsp) to make a smooth, creamy icing.
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