Okay, the fact that I’m STILL giggling at my own cleverness with the title of this post is proof enough that I am a lover of all things cheesy – of both food and non-foody things. Why am I giggling and why is the title so titillating? Because, dear reader, today’s recipe is for passio fruit yo-yo cookies recipe! Geddit? Geddit? Haw! Laugh with me! *listens to the crickets chirping in the distance*
That’s enough kidding around, onto a topic that’s a little more serious. When Barb announced her LIVESTRONG event “A Taste of Yellow“, I made a note that I had to participate, as it’s a wonderful event trying to raise awareness for cancer and that’s definitely a cause that I want to get behind. Whilst I have been blessed not to have this terrifying disease strike anyone in my family, it is still one that affects the lives of thousands of people across the globe, often appearing with no warning whatsoever.
White Chocolate Yoyo Cookies Recipe
There are many different forms of cancer and it can attack almost any part of the body, with devastating effects if it is not diagnosed and treated immediately. There have been many advances made in the treatment of this disease, but more research needs to be done to find safer and more effective methods of treatment, as well as seeking out ways to prevent it, and making sure the preventions are acessible to those who may be affected.
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To my Australian readership, I’d just like to bring this to your attention as well – the Australian government has initiated a vaccine program for cervical cancer which is free for women from the age of 12 to 26. Now, whilst I’m not going to get into the sheer idiocy of offering such a limited program for a cancer which is recognized to be the 5th most common cancer to affect women worldwide, if you or those you know are eligible, you should take advantage of the government’s generosity in this instance.
Now, when I started thinking about participating in this event, I have to admit that I was quite lost as to what I’d make. Any yellow food? Where would I even start? Squash? Corn? Cheese? Bananas? Lemon? Eggs? So many different options! However, while sitting in front of the open fridge and musing at it’s contents, it was the lonely little container of passionfruit juice which grabbed my attention.
Now, this juice first debuted on my blog a few months ago when I made my passion fruit souffle, so it seemed fairly appropriate that I use the product for another food blogging event 🙂 Right, so I had my ingredient, what was I actually going to do with it?
Nothing in my cookbooks really grabbed my attention, so I turned to my trusty collection of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazines and started flipping through them, and came across a section in the March edition which was all about passion fruit! Hello! Was this a sign from above, or what?
After a bit of humming and hawing, I finally decided to give the recipe for passion fruit yoyos with white chocolate and passion fruit ganache a try, and aren’t I glad I did? These cookies are very short and crumbly, and combined with the ganache they work very well!
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The ganache itself is the winner in this particular recipe, with the sweetness of the white chocolate very nicely tempered by the acidity of the passion fruit, and if you have any ganache left over, there’s the added bonus of just being able to eat plain 😉
Passionfruit Yo-Yos Cookies Recipe with White Choc & Passionfruit Ganache
(makes about 25-30 cookies)
- 180g unsalted butter, softened
- 90g pure icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
- 80mL passionfruit juice **
- 225g all-purpose flour
- 100g corn starch
Ganache Recipe Ingredients
- 90mL pouring cream
- 45mL passionfruit juice
- 180g white chocolate
** To make passionfruit juice, blend the pulp to crack the seeds, then strain through a fine sieve. 12 regular-sized passionfruit should yield approx 1 cup/250mL juice.
How to Make Yoyo Cookies Recipe
1. Make the ganache first – combine the cream and passionfruit juice and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn the stove off and remove the pan. Place the chocolate in a bowl and strain the hot cream mixture over the top, constantly whisking till smooth. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or till thickened.
2. Beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy, then add the passionfruitjuice and beat till combined. Sift together the flour and corn starch, then stir into the creamed butter till just combined. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Roll out the pastry to 5mm thick, and using a 3cm-diameter circular cutter, cut rounds and place on baking paper-lined baking trays. Bake for 8-10 minutes or till just golden.
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4. Remove from the oven and cool the cookies on the tray for 5 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Spread half the cookies with about 1 tsp of ganache, sandwich the remaining cookies and put them in the fridge to set. Iced yoyos will last about 3-4 days, uniced they will last for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
6. Make yourself a pot of earl gray tea with a dash of lemon and honey, and indulge in a few little cookies for an afternoon or after-dinner sweet treat! 🙂