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I SAW FEET! ~ Matcha Macarons

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This is my very first attempt at making macarons and I was so excited when I SAW FEET appearing in my macarons through the oven door! Woohoo!! Credit must go to Esther. I was inspired by her post Black Sesame Macarons recently. Her simple method of making macarons and small portion of ingredients motivated me to make this Matcha Macarons for this month Aspiring Bakers event. I followed her recipe to the 'T' only changing the black sesame powder to matcha powder and I used chocolate ganache cream as filling. The macarons look gorgeous and adorable, they just melt in your mouth. The only negative is I find them overly sweet for me but I definitely don't mind to make macarons again for my family and friends.  


To pipe out equal sizes of macarons, use a small round cookie cutter (I used a mini torch light) and draw staggered rows of circles on a baking paper with a pen. Then cover it with another non-stick baking sheet over it. 
**But I just found out you can print out this Template for piping perfect round macarons. Remember to remove the template before baking after drying the macaron shells.


Matcha Marcarons

      Ingredients (You can read the Chinese version recipe at Esther's blog)  
      37g Ground Almond
      3g Matcha powder
      40g Icing sugar

      30g Egg white
      40g Icing sugar



     Method:
  • Sieve ground almond, matcha powder and icing sugar twice.
  • Beat egg white until foamy and sieve icing sugar in batches then change to high speed and beat till peak form (thick and glossy). You may beat egg white to stiffer peak if you prefer a thicker marcaron.
  • Then sieve (again) dry ingredients into egg white in two batches and fold mixture well thoroughly with a rubber spatula.
  • Add batter into piping bag with nozzle tip #1A attached. Then pipe small circles on non-stick baking sheet. (When piping macarons, hold bag straight up from the sheet, with the tip close to the baking sheet. The batter will push itself out in a perfect circle).
  • Once piped use a toothpick to prick any air bubbles that appear. Dry the macaron shells for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Preheat oven at 150 degree for 10 minutes. Then bake macaron shells at centre rack with one empty tray placing at the lower rack. This is to avoid excess heat burning the base of the marcaron shells. The feet will start to appear in about 3 minutes.
  • Remove the (hot) empty rack and place another empty rack on top of the macaron shells and bake for another 5-8 minutes. 
  • You can test if they are done by touching the tip of a macaron, if its wobbles they are not done. When baking is complete, the shell should not stick to the tray. Put them back to oven for a couple of minutes if you have difficulties removing them from the baking sheet.  
  • Dust some matcha powder on macaron shells and leave them to cool on the baking tray. You can store them in an airtight container and refrigerate it until you're ready to use them.
  • Pipe cream of your choice onto one macaron shell and sandwich with another half.


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  1. These are awesome! Your first time?? No way!!

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  2. Wow! well done Ann! i am still enable to get feet for my macaroons :(

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  3. Ann , I hate you ! First time ?! Congrats !!!! I'm on my fifth and no feet whatsoever :( tsk tsk ;D Maybe I'll try that recipe tomorrow :D Will let you know hahahaha

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    1. Anne, hahaa...I love you more than you hate me (^-^) Yes, must try tomorrow as this method is quite simple.

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  4. Great!!!!! you'd done it! See, its not that difficult right?! :)Lovely domed shells and smooth tops! And you'd got feet! LOL

    what did you fill them with? chocolate ganache?

    The recipe does use quite a bit more sugar than the one I'm using, but the sugar helps to stabilise the meringue, thus giving you a good bake!

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    1. Thank you Alan. Actually I wanted to make some filling but my recipe only made about 10 macarons, so I just used my ganache cream from fridge.
      You have the recipe with lower sugar? Then I must check it at your site and try to make another one if I can.

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  5. very amazing!! you got flair for baking hence can get it right the first time :D

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  6. I heard it is a tough task to bake macrons.. one piece is selling for Rm3.90 outside.. i couldnt believe it at first! :)

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    1. Claire, Thanks! The price of macarons is about the same and they are way too sweet.

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  7. 很漂亮,这个难度高,我看看就好~~

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    1. 小鲸,我开始也没什么信心,就是以平常心去作。

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  8. 这高难度的甜品,我还没勇气尝试~

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    1. Angie, 呵呵。。你跟小鲸怎么讲的都是同样的话。试试看啦!

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  9. Aw, they do look perfect Ann! I just made some matcha shortbread cookies. I haven't attempted macaroons yet! If I ever work up enough nerve I will try this one.

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    1. Lyndsey, I really hope you can try this as the portion of ingredient is very small.

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  10. Wow !!... dont look like it's first time at all... very professional done ! So beautiful macs there !!

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    1. Thanks Joyce for your compliment :) I was so happy when I saw those feets and they are amazing :)

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  11. Wow! Great job Ann! So happy for you. ^_^ looking forward to seeing more great Mac posts from u. Jia you!

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  12. Wow.. dont like like your 1st attempt at all.. so professional done ! Lovely macs there...

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  13. Well done ! Can't believe this is ur first attempt to make macarons. They are beautifully baked.

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  14. wow, you have done the macaroons so well, Ann...green tea with chocolate, very creative combination :)

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  15. Gosh! This is so beautiful and i love your step-by-step explanation. Will like to try your method soon :)

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  16. Wow Ann! Everything that you baked is always so perfect and beautiful! These macarons are no exception!

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  17. Thumb up Ann! I also made green tea macaron for the first time was so happy to see the feet but i over baked :( need to find time to try second time.

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    1. Angel, Are you using Esther's method? Is really quite easy but I'd to bake extra few minutes because the size of my macarons is slightly bigger.

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  18. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMarch 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Congrats on your achievement! Did you bake on normal baking sheet? Normally I used Glad brand baking sheet for macarons, thinking of switching to those normal and cheaper range of baking sheets:) tks

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    1. Eileen, I used the baking sheet from Phoon Huat that can be reused and washable for several times.

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  19. Ooolala, Ann. They look so cute and thumbs up for getting them right at first attempt!

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  20. Looks gorgeous! I am done trying macarons lol! ate too many when the macarons bug bit me!

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    1. Jeannie, You tried macarons before? I must take a look :)

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  21. Ann, congrats and very pretty and professional. The feet came out nicely as well. I usually just place mine in the middle rack with a tray on the top so that it doesn't brown too much. Also my oven is on fan mode at 150C.

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    1. Thank you Jo :) Oh you did! But my oven don't have the fan mode. Hopefully my next batch is another successful one.

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  22. i was wondering why the circles on the paper..then i saw the piping only did i know ..Looks great

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    1. hahaa... without this I think my macarons will be all out of shape :)

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  23. 我一直很想做macaron,但每次都听到它很甜的comments,家人也不吃太甜,就stop住了,有点矛盾!

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    1. Cass, 我以前也是买过来吃,就是觉得很甜,所以从来也没想要做。看了Esther用的分量少,才鼓起勇气试试看。效果还不错,就是很甜。

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  24. Simple recipe still resulted very nice macarons, lucky you found this good recipe!

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  25. I love the flavours you've used here – so clean and fresh and perfect for this time of year!

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  26. Ann, this is your FIRST time? OMG, you are already a pro! I want these matcha macarons!!!! I want the red bean paste in the middle... Great job Ann!

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    1. Thanks Nami! Actually I bought the cooked red bean from a dessert stall and intended to add them as filling but the recipe I made was very small so I just drop the idea and use my ready made ganache cream instead.

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  27. Brilliant! For first timer it is amazing. So pretty n even.

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  28. You are really talented... Congrats on your first success... :)

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  29. Congrats on your 1st attempt, Ann! I'm sure these matcha macarons are a hit. Mmmm.... I'm already drooling......

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  30. Beautifully done, Ann! I remember my first attempt ... sat in front of the oven to watch for the feet! So I know exactly how you feel when you saw them :D

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    1. Ping.. yes I actually shout for my hubby when I saw the feet!

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  31. your goof for first timer hahas!
    i remember i make macarons 8years ago its bitter not sweet and its so ugly hahas!.
    well your good :) thumbs up!

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    1. Jade, I hope you can try this simple method and join the Aspiring Bakers event :)

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  32. Beautiful, simply gorgeous! You did a great job, it is hard to believe that this is your first time! Well done indeed!!

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  33. this makes me tempted to make my own sooN!!! i have been afraid of making them!! they look perfect!

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  34. Wow, these are your first ever macarons? Amazing! :) And matcha is such a great flavor, I know I'd love these.

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  35. This is such a wonderful recipe..Thanks for posting it..Bookmarked..

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  36. Hard to believe this is your first attempt : ), you're talented!

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  37. Kawaii! I can't eat these coz they are too cute to be eaten! Each macaroon was perfectly baked! When I saw Esther posted hers, I also like her version very much! B4 I go, remember to grab 1 from you first!

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    1. Jessie, I really like Esther's recipe. Small portion of ingredients are easier for us to try because we're afraid of the sweetness

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  38. ann, your first time?? you're a genius..they look like done by professionals!

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  39. hi Ann,
    1. did u use the egg white immediately after separating from yolk or have to let egg white keep overnight to age before using the next day?
    2. what is the diameter of the circle you draw for the macarons?
    thks for advice
    Belle

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    1. Hi Belle,

      I always have leftover egg white in my fridge and I took them out in the morning and made macarons in the afternoon. (I think better separate the eggs first)
      The size of my macarons are slightly bigger about 3 cm and its longer time to bake.

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  40. 恭喜啊 Ann,好厉害!第一次就成功了 ^_^

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    1. Esther, 要谢谢你才对:) 是你简单的食谱让我做出这美美的macarons (^-^).

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  41. macarons looks yum yumm........loved that colour.......
    maha

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  42. I must be a weirdo. I never really like macarons. Hmmm..maybe it has to do with me not having a sweet tooth. But I do like matcha (green tea) infused desserts and ice-cream as they tend to be less sweet.

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    1. Tigerfish, Me too. Always afraid of too sweet desserts like macarons. Only ate one piece :)

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  43. wow this looks super good! and feet on ur first attempt! kudos :)

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  44. If this is your first time making macarons then I can't wait to see more. They look awesome, Ann! :)

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  45. This is your first time making them? wow Ann you did amazing job! They look so good, and professional! Stunning photos girl!!!!

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  46. Beautiful.
    I never had luck with french method macs, always burst like a volcano.

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  47. Congrats Ann! You have made it on your first attempt! Very good. My relationship with macarons is really love and hate, love to eat, but hate to make! LOL. I have so many failures compared to success that I'm still hesitant to make them this month!

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    1. Jane, I've no confident to make macarons at first. Just try my luck :D

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  48. They are perfect! Love matcha flavour.

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  49. I really need to make macarrons! they look amazing!

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  50. Your first try and they came out beautifully! I like your detail instructions. I will give it a try, hopefully soon :)

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  51. wow..if I'm there, I would definitely finish them in no time :)

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  52. On your first try? Wow, I am a little bit envious of your obvious talent!:) Your macarons are perfectly gorgeous! Your photos are gorgeous too! Woo Hoo for you!

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  53. Ann, your first try and it's so perfect! Mine is still far from perfect :)
    I will foloow your recipe and tips for my next try
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  54. The colour combination is so stylish! Love Macarons, and this recipe sounds good :)
    Good luck in challenge ;)

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  55. Ann, not only love your macarights but love the composition the composition of your photo. Nowadays I am SO lazy to play with props and pay attention to composition of my photos. I take the easy way out, just take close ups. LOL!

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    1. Quay Po, Your photography is far better than mine. I'm still on the learning stage :)

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  56. They look perfect Ann! Thanks for being a part of the YBR :)

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  57. These look perfect - thank you for this. I recently made macs for the first time, too and will try them again soon. I've been looking for ideas for Matcha which is how I found your lovely blog. :)

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  58. OMG! It look so nice! and i think matcha macaron will be awesome! compare to other colourful macarons, it will be more healthy tho! thanks for the recipe! :)

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  59. Very pretty macaroons, Ann! Your first time too! If I may ask you, 30gr egg whites in this recipe equals to exactly how many egg whites? 2? Thank youuuu!

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    1. Hi Christine, I measured the egg white to 30g. Is probably from one large egg.

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    2. Thanks a lot for the info. I'll try making macaroons when I have the chance ;-)

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  60. how many does this recipe make? 8-10? can we triple to make ~30?

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    1. Mtx, This recipe only made about 9 pcs, you can count them from the picture. Of course you can triple the recipe if you want.

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  61. Hello Ann, just did the macarons..great recipe and easy to bake too ! Do you know how long can the macarons be kept in fridge or air tight container ?? cuz i want to keep it till i need to use for cake decor. thank you in advanced ...awaiting your reply. KYM

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    1. Hi KYM,

      Sorry that I just saw your comment went to the spam box.
      I kept the macarons in the fridge for about 3 days because I only made a very small portion.

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    2. thanks Ann...i will keep one pce..heehee for a longer period to monitor the shelf life.Have A Nice Day

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  62. Tried many times, about 6 times?
    Still couldn't get the end product... :/
    Does the ratio of the ingredients matters?

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    1. Sorry to hear that :( It is really not easy to make macarons for the first time.
      You may like to try another method from Nasi Lemar Love - her link is http://nasilemaklover.blogspot.sg/2012/11/macarons-with-white-chocolate-ganache.html
      Her marcarons look perfect too!

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  63. Hello, do you use fan mode for baking macarons? Or top and bottom? need advices thank you:)

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  64. Hi. How long do you baked the macaroons for? I tried to bake your method, but it is like not well cooked. So I baked longer.

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    1. Hi, The baking time is stated in my recipe. As oven temp varies, you may need to bake the macaroons longer.

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