November 1, 2010

Battle ReCPY: Yamahomo vs. Ladurée: Matcha Macarons

by Moto

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PREFACE
Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (
Part 1 & 2)
Yamahomo vs. Ladurée
(The Battle Continues)
Yamahomo vs. Ladurée (Trial 4, 5 & 6)

Since winning my Ladurée Battle at Trial #6 two years ago, I haven’t made macaron for a while. But when looking through the Best of UM posts, I was tempted to make another batch. Umamimart can be such a useful recipe search tool. Since I don’t keep notes of my own cooking, I often times look for my own old posts here. UM is my very own recipe book!

RECIPE
4 egg whites
1/4 cup of sugar (used for meringue)
275g powdered sugar
140g almond flour
20g green tea powder

After many trials, and research, I figured out that the key to perfecting macarons are egg whites. In the past, I said that there’s no need to “rest” egg whites since American eggs are not that fresh anyways. But I was wrong about this. By leaving egg whites on the counter for a day (or three in my case), it develops acid, which makes the meringue very stable. I cracked my eggs on Thursday morning, and I made macarons on Saturday morning.  48 hours of resting this time. Finally, well-rested egg whites.

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Also another key is to sift all the dry ingredients together. For this batch, I used green tea powder.

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Prepare piping bag. I always cut a Ziploc bag instead of a real piping bag. This way, you can just throw out the bag after usage– how convenient.

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Another good tool to have is a large spatula. When you fold in dry ingredients into the meringue, larger spatula mixes quicker, as less air will be broken.

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Whip egg whites until very stiff and stable.

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Dump dry ingredients into the meringue at once. Since meringue is very stable, you don’t have to worry too much about breaking the air bubbles. In the beginning, this will be scary since it looks like it’s not going to mix. But don’t worry.

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Gently keep mixing.

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Finally everything starts to incorporate.

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Almost there.

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Final consistency should look like below. Not too thick, but not too runny. When the batter can almost fall off from spatula, you are good to go.

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Very important point, buy a Silpat, and invest some money on cookie sheets. I bought these heavy pan ($27 a piece at Williams-Sonoma!!) just for macaron baking. After you pipe them out, be sure to let them rest for about 30 minutes, or until the surface dries up.

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Bake these in 350˚F for about seven minutes or so.

Oh, an important point here: don’t bake two sheets at the same time. Even if you are in a hurry, make sure you bake these one sheet at a time.

How perfect!

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Once they cool down, sandwich with your favorite cream of choice. I used chocolate ganache this time.

Macarons aren’t easy, but if you follow the above steps, and be patient when mixing the batter, you should be able to get good results.

Macaron porn.

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Sunlight makes huge difference in photography.

7 Comments

  • jones
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I give them a 3/4 thumbs-up. A little heavy on matcha taste but color was perfect!

  • Anders
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 4:30 am

    You are the Jedi Macaron Master.
    I have to try this now although I don’t have half the excessive gear you pack in your kitchen. Don’t even wanna know what you keep in your bedroom cupboard then.

    What I do want to know is: Can you recommend any other great flavour combinations other than Matcha/Chocolate? I should get my egg whites out so I can make these in 3 days.

  • Posted November 2, 2010 at 6:50 am

    They look so professional! Have you tried them with different fillings? I was wondering what it was you were baking them on and now I know, cookie sheets!

  • Yamahomo
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    It was a bit heavy on matcha powder..

    Anders and sakura, I’ve done red food color to make pink macaron, and any kind of berry jam inside. Green food color and pistachio cream? I don’t like yellows, so I don’t make passion fruit or mango kind. Or pure white with white chocolate ganache? As long as you follow the basics, you can vary additives. In terms of bright skin colors, many recipes call for simply food coloring. You can be very creative what to stuff inside. Go to macaron shops, and get ideas!

    Sakura, “heavy” cookie sheets make huge difference!

  • E
    Posted November 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    How about Matcha with Azuki bean paste?

  • Anders
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 9:12 am

    How should they be stored and kept? And how long can they last before going bad?

  • Yamahomo
    Posted November 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I usually finish them in less than 5 days. Laduree or other premium brands say eat within 3 days, I think. They also say to keep them in fridge, but I always keep them on counter in air tight container. Above has heavy cream in it, and I had them yesterday, and I am still alive.

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