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Strawberry Matcha (Green Tea) Macarons

Happy Valentine’s day! Today, I’m sharing my strawberry matcha (green tea) macaron recipe. The matcha flavor offsets some of the sweetness of the macaron shells, and when combined with just a hint of strawberry flavor in the filling, these macarons are so perfect. This is definitely my favorite macaron recipe so far. What’s your favorite?

If you’re new to making macarons, please also read my previous post for some tips and tricks.

Here’s what you’ll need to make strawberry matcha macarons:

(This recipes makes about 56 macaron shells; that’s 28 filled macarons)

Macaron shells:

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 3 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 3 drops green food coloring

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp strawberries (roasted and mashed)

Directions:

Macaron shells

  1. Line two medium baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process ground almonds and icing sugar for about a minute. Scrape along the inside of the food processor in between to ensure that there aren’t any large clumps and that the two ingredients are mixed well. (Special thanks to my friend, Goodies & Kitsch, for generously giving me her food processor. While you’re here, you should go check out her awesome blog.)
  3. In a medium bowl, sift the almond mixture.
  4. In a small bowl (be sure to use a bowl that’s not too shallow), whisk the egg whites with a handmixer on medium-low speed for about a minute until light and fluffy.
  5. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue to whisk the egg whites until medium-stiff for about 2 minutes. (If you turn the bowl upside-down, the egg whites don’t slide out.)
  6. Gradually add granulated sugar to the egg whites while continuing to whisk on medium-high speed for another 2 minutes.
  7. Gradually fold the egg mixture into the almond mixture, adding only about 1/3 of the egg mixture at a time.
  8. Add matcha powder and fold.
  9. Add green food coloring and fold again. (I use liquid food coloring, but most people recommend gel or powder-based food coloring. You should use whatever you’re comfortable with.)
  10. Transfer the batter into a piping bag. (Or if you’re frugal like me, you can use a medium sandwich bag instead and just cut a tiny corner of the bag to pipe.)
  11. Pipe batter onto baking sheets. Try to pipe small rounds that are just under 1 inch wide and at least 1/2 inch apart.
  12. Preheat oven to 325°F. Let the batter sit at room temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  13. Turn the oven down to 300°F and put the baking sheets into the oven for 7 minutes.
  14. Rotate the baking sheets and bake for 8 minutes.
  15. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow the macaron shells to cool.


Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Rinse 2 large or 3 medium strawberries, hulled and cut into halves.
  3. In a small oven-safe glass pan, bake strawberries for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Let the strawberries cool before draining the strawberry syrup. (NOTE: You can save and refrigerate the strawberry syrup to use later on pancakes or cheesecake.)
  5. Mash the strawberries and drain the excess syrup. You only need about 2 1/2 tsp of mashed strawberries.
  6. In a small bowl, cream the icing sugar and butter. (I use a single whisk attachment on my handmixer and whisk on low speed.)
  7. Whisk in vanilla extract.
  8. Whisk in strawberries.

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Sandwich just a small dab of filling between two macaron shells – you can pipe the filling or just gently spread the filling with a spatula.

Are you tired yet? 🙂 Yes, that was quite a bit of work, but just look at this:

strawberry matcha macaron

strawberry matcha macaron

Trust me, it tastes just as good as it looks.

Try this recipe and let me know how it goes for you. 🙂

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Lemon pepper chicken (Oh, for the love of chicken! Part I)

I often avoid using things such as oil and butter when I cook. The good thing about chicken is that a lot of its natural oils come out when you start cooking it – especially when you’re cooking chicken thighs or wings.

I’ve been cooking chicken a lot lately. I find that it’s really hard to mess up chicken dishes even when you put in very little effort.

I was feeling lazy one evening and created this easy recipe below.

Lemon pepper chicken

(serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • a bit of parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Debone the chicken drumsticks and cut the chicken into strips.
  2. Marinate the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme and basil for about 30 minutes.
  3. On medium to medium-high heat, grill the chicken with lemon juice in a skillet for about 10 to 12 minutes. Keep stirring the chicken so it doesn’t burn.
  4. (Optional) Garnish with a bit of parsley.

I tried this recipe with chicken wings and it was really good too.

TIP: If you plan on using the oilier parts of chicken, such as thighs or wings, I highly recommend using a deep skillet so that you won’t get a lot of oil splattered on you.

And that’s all. 🙂


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Korean style BBQ beef short ribs

Man, I ♥ Korean food..  I could probably eat it everyday and not get bored of it.

My mother came up with an amazing recipe for Korean style BBQ beef short ribs. And because I believe that good things are meant to be shared, I’m sharing this recipe here.

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Korean style BBQ beef short ribs

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 lbs. beef short ribs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 3/4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine
  • 3 tbsp Korean BBQ sauce**
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce**
  • 3/4 tbsp dark soy sauce** (a.k.a. “old soy sauce” as the Chinese call it)
  • (Optional ingredients: If you want more flavour and don’t mind having bad breath, you can also add 3 small cloves of garlic and 1 tsp of grated ginger.)

(** Note: You can find these ingredients at pretty much any Asian supermarket.)

Let’s get cookin’

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl to marinate the short ribs for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, grill short ribs for about 1 to 1 1/2 minute on each side.


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Low fat pineapple orange cupcake recipe

I ♥ mini cupcakes. They’re just the right amount of sweetness and, well, don’t you think they’re cute?

Low fat pineapple orange cupcakes

(yields 24 mini cupcakes)

Cupcakes:

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pineapple – crushed and drained
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Icing:

  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp canned pineapple – also crushed and drained
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Let’s get baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a mini cupcakes pan with two dozen mini cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg first and then whisk in the other wet ingredients.
  4. Create a well in the dry ingredients, then slowly pour and stir the wet ingredients in. Mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the cupcake liners.
  6. Bake cupcakes for about 10 minutes, rotate the pan and then bake for another 10 minutes. Test the cupcakes by inserting a toothpick in the center. The cupcakes are ready when the toothpick comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool in room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Preparing the icing:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Stir crushed pineapple into the cream. (NOTE: Ensure that you’ve drained out the juice from the pineapple as much as possible.)
  3. Stir orange zest into the cream. (I like using a cheese grater to make orange zest, but there are other ways to do so.)
  4. Add icing sugar to the cream and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate the icing for about 30 minutes before adding on top of cupcakes.

 


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Low fat strawberry chocolate cupcake recipe

Baking is one of my favourite hobbies. Sadly, not everyone wants to eat my baked goods because they’re worried about their health (tsk tsk). 🙂 From my several years of baking experience, I’ve found that there are lots of unhealthy ingredients used in baking that can be easily substituted with healthier alternatives and they still taste good.

For instance, butter used in cakes and cookies can be substituted with unsweetened applesauce in many cases.

Another great example: most pie recipes tell you to mix butter or oil with cookie crumbs to make pie crust. Eww. Try using 1 to 2 egg whites with cookie crumbs instead. (Seriously, it still tastes great and you don’t get the nasty pool of grease that oozes out from the crust after it has been baked.)

Below is a recipe that I’ve used recently. It’s a combination of a few recipes that I’ve collected over the years and I’ve add some of my own personal tweaks here and there.

Enjoy!

Low fat strawberry chocolate cupcakes

(makes a dozen cupcakes)

Cupcake:

  • 1 cup flour (can use whole wheat)
  • 1 cup sugar (can use brown sugar)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup skimmed milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 medium egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • ~ 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • Optional: a dab of cream cheese if you want to make a Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s baking time!

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a cupcake pan with a dozen cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg first and then whisk in the other wet ingredients.
  4. Create a well in the dry ingredients, then slowly pour and stir the wet ingredients in. Mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the cupcake liners.
  6. Bake cupcakes for about 10 minutes, rotate the pan and then bake for another 10 minutes. Test the cupcakes by inserting a toothpick in the center. The cupcakes are ready when the toothpick comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool in room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Now to prepare the icing. 🙂

  1. In a medium bowl, beat whipping cream until light and fluffy.
  2. Puree strawberries and stir them in with the cream.
  3. Gradually stir in icing sugar to thicken the cream.
  4. Optional step: You can add a dab of softened (room temp) cream cheese.
  5. Refrigerate the icing for about 1/2 an hour before adding on top of cupcakes.

There’s more!

You can add half a fresh strawberry on top of each cupcake to make them look fancy too.