I don’t actually really want to write anything else in this blog post except I MADE MACARONS! I MADE MACARONS! I MADE MACARONS! I MADE MACARONS!

And ain’t they just the most adorable things you’ve ever seen??

I mean, a talented baker I am not. I may appear to bake a lot, but really, it’s a sham. If you scratch the surface, you’ll find that my recipes are truly for the uninitiated, amateur baker. I am full of simple, fool proof recipes like errr, making ice cream in three easy steps!

What I am not is a skilled baker WHO CAN MAKE MACARONS! Until now, clearly.

I mean, how these little blobs…

… can turn into this…

… and then this!

Gawd I am fucking impressive. Hello world, I have arrived.

Or maybe I fluked it. Whatever works.

I swear I have never been so impressed with myself and it sucks so bad that Panu’s on vacation (road tripping through Colorado and Wyoming) because there’s no one to witness my absolute brilliance! To rectify this problem, I took a photo of my macs and posted it on facebook and seriously? You’d think these macs were the half naked body of some hot guy (current crush: James Franco YES PLEASE) because all day at work I’ve been behaving like a lust-lorn teenager sneaking glances at my own fricking macarons, and shutting facebook before anyone catches me.

It’s embarrassing how in love I am with my gorgeous, perfect, tiny little macarons.

And oh the feet. The Feet! I didn’t think I had a foot fetish til I met these little feet… and non macaron people will have no idea what I am talking about and now I sound like a proper dirty 31 year old woman.

Sigh.

Ps. James Franco in Eat Pray Love. Can’t wait!

Matcha and white chocolate macarons
White chocolate ganache:
75 grams double cream / heavy cream
30 grams white chocolate, chopped

Matcha macarons:
100 grams almond powder
200 grams powdered / icing sugar
2 teaspoon matcha powder
100 grams or 3 egg whites, aged for a day at room temperature
50 grams sugar

  1. You need to make the white chocolate ganache a day in advance (or at least a few hours) – boil the cream over a saucepan and pour it over the chopped chocolate.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes for the chocolate to melt, before stirring to make sure the chocolate melts completely. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  3. To make the macarons, pre-heat oven to 150°C/300°F.
  4. Mix the almond powder, powdered sugar and matcha powder in a bowl.
  5. Whip the egg whites until foamy, then add in the sugar gradually and continue whipping until you have a fairly solid meringue. The way to check is that the meringue doesn’t fall out when you tip the bowl upside down ;)
  6. Mix the powder mixture in with a spoon, until properly combined.
  7. Pour the mixture into a piping bag and pipe small rounds onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. I piped about 1 inch rounds, and the macs turned out quite small and cute.
  8. Leave the macs for about 30 minutes (some recipes I have read fluctuate between 15 minutes and an hour and depends wholly on your environment) until a shell forms.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven, let cool and then remove from parchment paper.
  11. When you are ready to put the macarons together, whip the ganache into a thick cream. Place a drop on one macaron and match it with another side. Gently press together, being sure not to press too hard!
Quantity varies. I made 20 macarons.

26 Thoughts on “matcha and white chocolate macarons. possibly better than a half naked James Franco. Or not.

  1. Nothing wrong with being impressed with yourself when it comes to macarons, especially with those FEET! :) Your comment about sneaking glances at your mac photos seriously cracked me up.

    Damn, I wish I wasn’t as well stocked up on dessert as I was yesterday. I obviously missed out!

  2. Well done you! And feet and everything. I am WELL impressed by you.

  3. LOL Catty you are hilarious! Are you sure you put only matcha powder in those little pokemonic macarons? :D
    Congratulations on your feet too! I tried making macs twice and ehm… no comment! (they are too sweet for me anyhow lol)
    What will be next? Red beans macs? :D

  4. oh baby don’t i know that feeling of the first time! the first macarons all always the most pleasurable and yours look absolutely adorable. i’ll take three – ON James Franco, please!

  5. Su-yin: I told ya, you’re totalling missing out ;) having said that, this is definitely not the last time I’m making macs!!

    Sasa: fanx man *blush*

    Alessio: red bean? LOL I am not that adventurous. Panu wants me to make some more when he’s back, so I’ll let him pick the flavour :)

    Meeta: LOL! three ON James Franco! I like your style ;)

  6. Heheh Catty I love it! Well done, these look fantastic! James Franco doesn’t look too bad, either ;-)

  7. Those look just too, too gorgeous. I haven’t been brave enough to try macarons yet since I definitely didn’t get the baking gene.
    Sue

  8. I have about three or four tagged recipe for making macarons but I’m too scared to actually take the plunge and make them! Having said that, yours are GORGEOUS. You’ve done an awesome job, girl ;) CHECK OUT THE FEET ON THOSE BABIES!

    Jax x

  9. Maria: LOL I thought you were going to say looks great! and the macs don’t look bad either ;)

    Sue/Jackie: I was nervous for the longest time as well.. I promised Jamie (@lifesafeast) that I would make macs at some point and kept putting it off for months and I finally just did it! It may be beginners luck! :)

  10. christine on September 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm said:

    So freakin’ impressed babe! I so wanna try one! or 2 or 3 or how many my little hands can carry!
    Yummo! Can I place an order? ;)

  11. Well done you! They’re SO cute.

  12. That is very impressive as macaroons can be difficult little buggers to make. Well done.

  13. Hehe have you seen James Franco on 30 Rock? He’s hilariously creepy in it! :P

  14. christine: Thanks honey! And yes you can place an order but I don’t guarantee it will turn out hehe… besides I think I still owe you a chocolate souffle which I’ve never made either!

    Linh: Thanks, you! :D

    Mealsinheels: I know, which is why I think it was beginners luck! Macs are notoriuously temperamental about how the rise and bake. I’m so pleased they’ve worked.. at least once!

    Lorraine: Really? But in a good way, right?? I need to check it out :D

  15. They look yum!

    If you want them to look flat without the “tip”, after you pipe them on the tray, “drop” the tray about one feet to the ground. that should help =)

  16. Oh these look amazing! I’ve had macarons before in France, they were all delicious but to make them at home would be great. Thanks for the recipe too!

  17. Wow – those are well formed feet indeed. And I am well impressed. Franco shmanko – who gives a stuff – gimmie those little green match nipples any day of the week.

    How did the matcha work in the macarons themselves? Was there enough bitterness coming through, or was it all green tea-ish schmaltz?

    Good job! Can you save any till Wednesday??

  18. Jayna: Thanks for the tip! I thought mine were kinda cute but I would like to make flatter ones too. Will try the dropping trick! :)

    camilla: No problem – I hope the recipe works for you!

    The Grubworm: Sadly, there is but ONE LEFT in my fridge and I’m afraid it will not survive until tomorrow. But never fear, I shall endeavour to make more :D And yes, Franco is all mine *muahahahahaaaa*

  19. If I made macarons I will be jumping up and down too! Great job!

  20. Not sure which looks better. Matcha macarons or James Franco. But I know which I’m more likely to encounter!

  21. Linda at Pink Elephants coffee,LLC on November 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm said:

    My first try at macarons looked strangely like most others’ first attempts. Last night
    was my second try with a chocolate-licorice recipe. They came out perfect, little
    feet and all. :)The next try was your matcha macaron recipe. They flattened out and
    spread all over the cookie sheet. Yes, boo hoo. Hey, they were delicious, though.
    What in the sang-dang did I do wrong?

    • oh booooo! sorry to hear they flattened out! Seeing as I am no expert, I really don’t know why they flattened out, the only thing I can think of is the egg whites weren’t beaten long enough.. but who knows. Macs are such temperamental creatures!

  22. Oh wow, oh wow. That’s all. Pistacho macaroons are my favourite, and I’m not brave enough to try. I did once – but yours…

  23. But I bet your macarons don’t loaf around on the sofa surrounded by cats

    …unless you happen to be one of THOSE people too…

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