Are macarons still the food fad of today? Still the new "cupcake"? What are the movies featuring today? Or rather, what are the ladies in "Sex and the City" munching on lately? (besides the men, that is.... Food! I'm talking about food here, remember?)
I'm not one for fads and fashions. Never been able to fit in with the crowd who always has to have the latest and greatest ... be it gadgets or clothes ... and now, food.
I'm just as happy using last year's gadgets and am usually in jeans and a t-shirt and eating what I feel like, when I feel like it. So I don't fit in, so I'm a nerd, so sue me.
Now, don't get me wrong. I won't go out of my way to avoid the faddish stuff. Take macarons, for example. I've only recently discovered I like them and they're actually fun to make. And anything that doesn't require oily, difficult to wash utensils .... I'm all for it.
Green tea. Another health fad. I drink it not only because it's good for me nor is it the fad, but because I like the taste. And the stronger the better. Two bags in a cup. So, if you don't like strong tea, I'd suggest to reduce the amount of macha here.
40 g egg white
a few drops of lemon juice
30 g caster sugar
30 g almond meal
50 g pure icing sugar / powdered sugar
5 g macha powder
Combine icing sugar, almond meal and macha powder in a food processor and give it a few buzzes to mix evenly. Sieve.
In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg white with a few drops of lemon juice (or pinch of salt) until soft peaks form. Add in caster sugar in 3 lots, beating well in between until you get stiff peaks.
Fold in sifted ingredients gently. (Recommended not more than 40 folds)
Fill into piping bag. Snip off about 2 cm from tip of bag and pipe 2 cm dollops onto lined pans. (Mixture will spread a little)
Leave for about 1 - 2 hours for the tops to dry out and form a crust.
Bake in a preheated oven at 150˚C for about 12 mins.
Leave in pans for a few minutes before gently tranferring them to cool completely on a cooling rack.
Fill with your favorite filling or in this case, I thought it went really well with a chocolate ganache. For recipe, click here.