Treat Petite and Matcha Macarons

I admit I am not an unbiased observer when it comes to Fiona Pearce.  When I attended the Foodies Festival in Clapham a couple years ago, she stood in for an instructor who was a no show and gave me some great advice on using cookie stamps on fondant – advice which I used for some amazing Christmas cookies.   So when Ivy Press told me about her second cookbook, Treat Petite, which focuses on miniature recipes for delicious baked goods, I was very excited to give it a try.  The book is a fairly comprehensive collection of various baked goods: biscuits, merengues, pastries, cupcakes, choux pastry and even some savouries appear in their tiny forms.  I supersized the recipe for the matcha macarons fairly easily, although its worth noting that if you do that, you’ll likely only have enough for your family (especially if they’re obsessed with matcha the way my mother is) rather than being able to bring these are a party food.  The flavour combinations were good, with several that were slightly unusual, but I think this book’s real strength was in some of the cute decorations – the feathered eclairs, the icing flowers on the coconut cupcakes, the biscuits.  The tiny size makes these incredibly cute and this is a worthwhile book for people who love miniature bakes.

treat-petiteMatcha Macarons (from Treat Petite)

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons water

110g caster sugar

90g egg whites

125g icing sugar

125g ground almonds

Green food colouring

150ml double cream

1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

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Heat water and caster sugar together until you have a simple syrup

Whip egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.  Mix in icing sugar and ground almonds.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMix in the simple syrup and the green food colouring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPipe the dough onto a lined baking sheet – allow to sit for 30 minutes before baking.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABake at 160C for about 20 minutes (until a food has formed and it browns a bit around the foot) – make sure to leave the oven cracked.  Allow to cool gradually.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhip the double cream until stiff, then mix in matcha powder.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut whipped cream and matcha powder in the centre of the macarons to sandwich them.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd enjoy!  This was a big hit with Beardy Mum!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI received a copy of this book to review from Ivy Press, but all opinions are my own.

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