Okay, so I haven't fallen for a girl with a funny name, but I am smitten with Pierre Hermé's macaron ice cream sandwich that’s called Miss Gla’Gla. The first time I saw it on Pim's blog, I just knew I had to make it. I love macarons and I love ice cream sandwiches. So Pierre Hermé, if you’re reading this, I think you’re a genius for combining the two. (And seriously M. Hermé, if you actually do read my blog, I would be more than happy to share my thoughts on your other creations, if you would kindly send me some samples.)
Today marks the 16th edition of Is My Blog Burning? hosted by the ever stylish Viv of Seattle Bon Vivant. The theme is eggs, which is perfect, because yolks are essential for making rich and smooth ice cream, and whites are responsible for the volume and shape of macarons. Seeing that I didn’t have an actual recipe for the Miss Gla’Gla, I decided to use three flavours that I’ve come to love.
My first sandwich uses a strawberry iced soufflé that my Mom used to make whenever we had guests. Its mixture of meringue, whipped cream, and strawberry purée makes it lighter than ice cream, and gives it a very delicate texture and melt. I’ve sandwiched it between two chocolate macarons, because chocolate and strawberries… mmmm.
My second macaron ice cream sandwich is the Creamsicle Miss Gla’Gla. A Creamsicle is a popsicle consisting of vanilla ice cream encased in orange sorbet. I remember being so addicted to Creamsicles as a kid, that I even made my own. Of course, trying to be fancy this weekend, I’ve used freshly squeezed orange juice to make the sorbet, and plump Madagascar vanilla beans for the ice cream. I’ve also added finely ground dried orange zest to the macarons for extra flavour and colour.
Last but not least is the Matcha-Chestnut Swirl Miss Gla’Gla. The combination is based on one of Pierre Hermé’s signature macarons, Marron et Thé Vert Matcha. In the case of the Miss Gla’Gla I made matcha green tea ice cream, and swirled in some sweetened chestnut purée, and sandwiched it between two matcha macarons.
So what does it taste like? It tastes amazing. Much, much better than any ice cream sandwich I’ve ever had. I’m a fan of even the worst ice cream sandwiches, so this was an epiphany of sorts. When you bite into the Miss Gla’Gla you’ll first hear a delicate crunch. It’s the paper-thin shell of the macaron collapsing. Underneath the shell is a moist and chewy cake-like layer. And then you hit the cool, refreshing ice cream. So intense and flavourful. The whole sandwich just melts in your mouth. It’s simply divine.