Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Macaron Recipe (French Meringue Method)

Hello everyone! Time for another recipe. This one is a highly favorited recipe by some of my customers. If you love blueberries and you love cheesecake, this one's the macaron for you! One of my fave macaron flavors, since it's creamy and not too sweet.




Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons (makes about 12 completed macarons or 24 macaron shells)

Ingredients:
-70g almond flour
-10g Graham Crackers
-2 drops Blueberry Flavoring
-50g powdered sugar
-52g egg whites (doesn't need to be aged)
-52g granulated sugar
1 drop blue food coloring
1 drop purple food coloring
pinch of salt
Crushed graham crackers, for topping

Materials:
-Hand mixer/stand mixer
-Piping bags/tips (#12 Wilton)
-Silpat/parchment (I prefer Silpat)
-Aluminum baking half sheets (Nordic Ware/Costco/Smart and Final)
-Rubber spatula
-Bowls

1. Grind your graham crackers, almond flour, salt, and powdered sugar in a food processor. Then sift together into a large bowl. Add the blueberry flavoring. Set aside.
2. Weigh out your egg whites, and put it in a large bowl (either stand mixer or not).
3. Beat your egg whites until frothy, and slowly add in the granulated sugar.
4. Once sugar dissolves, beat at medium high speed until thick and glossy. It should look a bit droopy but that's fine because when you turn the bowl over, it doesn't come out.
5. Add in 1/3 of your almond powdered sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add in the rest in small additions and then fold like you normally would (shown in my videos) until thick but still flowing in consistency (like magma). Add in the drops of food coloring at the last second before you put it in the piping bag so it makes a swirl effect.
6. Put it in a piping bag and pipe out 1-1.75 inch circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. Then rap the trays on the table until they are flattened to get rid of air bubbles. If you let them dry too long, they get lopsided.
7. Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 300 F (150 C).
8. Let the macarons dry (with a fan or not) for about 15-20 minutes. When it's almost time to bake them, you can pipe out your next tray.
9. Bake the macarons in the middle rack of your oven for 15 minutes.
10. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Blueberry Cheesecake Buttercream (makes enough for 1 dozen, plus a little extra)

Ingredients:

-1 stick butter, softened
-1/3 stick cream cheese, softened
-1/4 cup freeze-dried blueberries, ground
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/3 cup powdered sugar

1. Beat the butter in your hand/stand mixer for 3-5 minutes, til it is light and fluffy. Then add the powdered sugar.
2. Add in the cream cheese and beat until combined.
3. Add in the ground freeze-dried blueberries until it is a pretty purple color.
4. Sandwich two similar-sized shells together and store in the fridge until ready to eat. :)

I like using freeze-dried fruits in my buttercreams because it doesn't add moisture to the butter and it is so much more concentrated than fresh fruit. People often think contrary, but this is really the best way to get the most flavor.

Enjoy this recipe! <3

Update...where I've been and such. :)

Hi everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging for a whole year. My life has changed quite a lot! Now I am working at a cupcake shop and selling my macarons there :) I bake them there also! The tradeoff is I just bake cupcakes for free, but I also get to use the space whenever I want. So I am quite happy about my progress! My macaron instagram has grown to 6000+ followers, I'm proud of that as well. My boyfriend has been a huge help to me, always helping me bake. I get so many orders nowadays from just my business, and it's awesome. I love baking and creating new things. Here's a few macarons I've made lately if you haven't looked at my instagram. I'll post a new recipe soon...I just haven't really took detailed pictures of just one flavor. But I'm glad that my blog has helped you guys with your questions! I feel kinda bad looking at the comments and they're like from last year...but the blog is not my number one priority. I just figured when I had free time back then, might as well help others out!

I've been dabbling with making character macarons, but they're kinda difficult. Requires a lot of patience for sure!



Thanks again for all of you following me although I barely post anymore!:) I'll post occasionally, but it's just that now that I have a business I don't want to be giving out all my recipes. I hope you can understand!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Salted Caramel Macarons (French Meringue Recipe)

Hello hello hello everyone! Sorry for the very late posts. I have not posted in 6 months, wow. But you all still follow me :') So sweet. haha I have been very busy with my own business, well not really a business but selling to friends and clients. I figured I should share my very delicious salted caramel recipe that I got from Flick Your Food but I edited a tiny bit. Many people enjoy this macaron if they are caramel lovers, however this isn't one of my favorites because I'm not a fan of really sweet things. This recipe I warn you is a TAD too sweet for me, but it's very decadent. It also takes a while to make this macaron because of the filling. But it's worth it. Also I edited the recipe so that you can make only a dozen so you don't waste too much ingredients!:)


Salted Caramel Macarons (makes about 12 completed macarons or 24 macaron shells)

Ingredients:
-70g almond flour
-60g powdered sugar
-52g egg whites (doesn't need to be aged)
-52g granulated sugar
-brown food coloring
pinch of salt

Materials:
-Hand mixer/stand mixer
-Piping bags/tips (#12 Wilton)
-Silpat/parchment (I prefer Silpat)
-Aluminum baking half sheets (Nordic Ware/Costco/Smart and Final)
-Rubber spatula
-Bowls

1. Sift almond flour, salt, and powdered sugar together into a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Weigh out your egg whites, and put it in a large bowl (either stand mixer or not).
3. Beat your egg whites until frothy, and slowly add in the granulated sugar.
4. Once sugar dissolves, beat at medium high speed until thick and glossy. It should look a bit droopy but that's fine because when you turn the bowl over, it doesn't come out.
5. Add in 1/3 of your almond powdered sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add in the rest in small additions and then fold like you normally would (shown in my videos) until thick but still flowing in consistency (like magma).
6. Put it in a piping bag and pipe out 1-1.75 inch circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. Then rap the trays on the table until they are flattened to get rid of air bubbles. Only pipe one tray at a time because you can only bake one tray at a time. If you let them dry too long, they get lopsided.
7. Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 300 F (150 C).
8. Let the macarons dry (with a fan or not) for about 15-20 minutes. When it's almost time to bake them, you can pipe out your next tray.
9. Bake the macarons in the middle rack of your oven for 15 minutes.
10. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Repeat these steps until batter is finished.

Homemade Salted Caramel Buttercream Filling (makes a lot, so freeze the rest)

Ingredients:
-100g granulated sugar
-70g heavy whipping cream
-3g sea salt
-200g butter (2 sticks)

1. In a heavy saucepan, heat the sugar without stirring on medium-low heat until it melts and becomes caramelized and liquid(top picture^). Careful not to overcook the caramel or it will burn and taste extremely bitter. The color should be a deep golden brown like the picture, should take a few minutes.
2. Heat the heavy whipping cream in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds until warm. Then pour it slowly into the caramel. This will bubble a lot at first but keep whisking it until it is smooth.
3. Add in your sea salt and 1 stick of butter and heat until butter is all combined.
4. There may be a few hard sugar pieces that you can't get out, but that's okay, it's just like creme brulee. Put this in the fridge or freezer (I do freezer for a few hours) until it is firm.
5. Once it is firm and room temperature, beat it with an electric mixer until even more firm.
6. Add in your softened 1 stick of butter (pop it in the microwave for 9 seconds) and beat until it becomes a buttercream consistency.
7. Sandwich similar sized shells together with a bit of the buttercream and let the macarons mature in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a few hours, 24 hours is best.


This caramel is very buttery and decadent and sweet, but it is so so good. Your saucepan that you made it in will probably be a bit burnt but just boil some water in it again before cleaning to make your job a bit easier. 

Enjoy :3


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Vanilla Bean Macarons with a Light and Fluffy Vanilla Bean Buttercream (French Meringue Recipe)

Vanilla bean is probably one of my classic flavors that anyone will like, but is not very adventurous. It is a safe flavor that everyone will enjoy, from adults to kids. This macaron is so light and fluffy and delicious. :) I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Vanilla Bean Macarons (makes about 24 completed macarons or 48 macaron shells)

Ingredients:
-138g almond flour
-125g powdered sugar
-105g egg whites (doesn't need to be aged)
-105g granulated sugar
-scrapings of 1/2 vanilla bean
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Materials:
-Hand mixer/stand mixer
-Piping bags/tips (#12 Wilton)
-Silpat/parchment (I prefer Silpat)
-Aluminum baking half sheets (Nordic Ware/Costco/Smart and Final)
-Rubber spatula
-Bowls

1. Sift almond flour, salt, and powdered sugar together into a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Weigh out your egg whites, and put it in a large bowl (either stand mixer or not).
3. Beat your egg whites until frothy, and slowly add in the granulated sugar.
4. Once sugar dissolves, beat at medium high speed until thick and glossy. It should look a bit droopy but that's fine because when you turn the bowl over, it doesn't come out.
5. Add in 1/3 of your almond powdered sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add in the rest in small additions and then fold like you normally would (shown in my videos) until thick but still flowing in consistency (like magma).
6. Put it in a piping bag and pipe out 1-1.75 inch circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. Then rap the trays on the table until they are flattened to get rid of air bubbles. Only pipe one tray at a time because you can only bake one tray at a time. If you let them dry too long, they get lopsided.
7. Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 300 F (150 C).
8. Let the macarons dry (with a fan or not) for about 15-20 minutes. When it's almost time to bake them, you can pipe out your next tray.
9. Bake the macarons in the middle rack of your oven for 15 minutes.
10. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Repeat these steps until batter is finished.


Vanilla Bean Light, Fluffy, Not-Too-Sweet Buttercream
Ingredients:
-1 cup milk
-4 tbsp flour
-1 cup of butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-3 tbsp vanilla bean paste or scrapings of 1 whole vanilla bean

1. Heat milk and flour in a saucepan while constantly whisking over medium-low heat until it becomes thick like a paste.
2. Let it cool down until room temperature.
3. Grind sugar in a food processor until powdery (a few seconds).
4. Beat butter and sugar with a hand or stand mixer for 4 minutes.
5. Once flour and milk mixture is cool, add it to the butter and sugar. Beat for 4 more minutes.
6. Add in the vanilla bean paste or beans and beat until smooth.
7. Fill macarons shells and let mature in the fridge for 24 hours for a better taste experience. Let it come to room temperature before serving.

I really really love this buttercream. I found it from yoyomax12 on youtube! So light, fluffy, and does not taste buttery at all. It also is great for absorbing moisture like when you add fruit puree or extracts. I use it for everything now!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

French meringue recipe!:O *gasp*

You know how I said before that I'll NEVER go back to the French method? Well, I was curious yesterday and wanted to see how I could make macarons less sweet. I noticed that since Ladurée, the well known founder of the cream-filled macaron, always gets such rave reviews I should try out their recipe. I was hesitant at first because I hate French method, most recipes I've used are terrible. But this one that I found from Not So Humble Pie was so good!!! I even ordered the Ladurée Sucré cookbook on amazon after I figured this out. The recipe is not too sweet at ALL. There is no sweet aftertaste, and it doesn't make you want to drink water. Probably because it is more airy and light. I thought that I would never like French method macarons, but good thing I tried this recipe. Of course, since Ladurée is the best of the best.

This method is almost like a hybrid of French and Italian methods! I've never seen a recipe this good. I'm so glad I tried it out. I'm surprised that not too many people tried out this recipe when it's on Not So Humble Pie's blog and it's been there for a year. Thank you Ms. Humble! <3

Please check it out! I'll post it here again but I'll link you to her page just so you know. It is SOOOO EASY AND FAST OMG. And there's so little ingredients. They dry really really fast by the way, so you don't even need to add cornstarch (maybe if you're in a humid climate you should). You can also make this using a hand mixer so easily! They also are not completely hollow! They may have a couple air pockets but they usually go away when you mature it. They are pretty crunchy though, so I recommend you don't serve them the day that you make them. Wait a day for it to mature.

And I'll even split it in half to make a small batch :)

http://notsohumblepie.blogspot.com/2012/02/macarons-framboise-ladurees-recipe.html

Basic Macaron Recipe (Adapted from Ladurée and Not So Humble Pie) makes about 24 completed macarons

Sorry for not so presentable picture, I just made this in a hurry haha.


Ingredients:
-138g almond flour
-125g powdered sugar
-105g egg whites (doesn't need to be aged)
-105g granulated sugar
pinch of salt
food coloring

Materials:
-Hand mixer/stand mixer
-Piping bags/tips (#12 Wilton)
-Silpat/parchment (I prefer Silpat)
-Aluminum baking half sheets (Nordic Ware/Costco/Smart and Final)
-Rubber spatula
-Bowls

1. Sift almond flour, salt, and powdered sugar together into a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Weigh out your egg whites, and put it in a large bowl (either stand mixer or not).
3. Beat your egg whites until frothy, and slowly add in the granulated sugar.

4. Once sugar dissolves, beat at medium high speed until thick and glossy. It should look a bit droopy but that's fine because when you turn the bowl over, it doesn't come out.

5. Add in 1/3 of your almond powdered sugar mixture and mix until just combined. Add in the rest in small additions and then fold like you normally would (shown in my videos) until thick but still flowing in consistency (like magma).

6. Put it in a piping bag and pipe out 1-1.75 inch circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat. Then rap the trays on the table until they are flattened to get rid of air bubbles. Only pipe one tray at a time because you can only bake one tray at a time. If you let them dry too long, they get lopsided.


7. Now is a good time to preheat your oven to 300 F (150 C).
8. Let the macarons dry (with a fan or not) for about 15-20 minutes. When it's almost time to bake them, you can pipe out your next tray.
9. Bake the macarons in the middle rack of your oven for 15 minutes.
10. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Repeat these steps until batter is finished.
11. Fill with your favorite buttercream, ganache, or jam (not recommended) and let mature in the fridge for 24 hours for a better taste experience. Let it come to room temperature before serving.


These are nice light and fluffy. They taste sooooo much better once you mature them. They do have some air pockets, but see they go away once you put in the filling. It kinda sucks that there's a gap of air between the shell and foot...-_- but oh well. That's why it's more airy! Try it out.