Matcha Macarons

Crisp and slightly chewy French macaron shell filled with a smooth, sweet and bitter matcha white chocolate ganache. The perfect combination of bitter-sweet.

I’m back again with another macaron recipe! This time I’m sharing my favourite flavour, matcha macarons! I’m sure most of you know by now my undying love for matcha and this recipe is a combination of my matcha and macaron love.

These matcha macarons are filled with a green tea white chocolate ganache that is slightly bitter- matching the sweetness of the shells perfectly. I know you are going to love this recipe as much as I do!

Matcha French macarons with a white chocolate green tea ganache

What is Matcha?

If you are confused as to what matcha is, and which ones you should be using for your baking adventures my three-ingredient matcha truffle post goes into depth about the different grades of matcha powder and the best one for you!

Tips for creating flavoured macaron shells

Adding flavouring to the macaron shell itself is difficult as it can often mess up the consistency of the batter.

Nailing the batters consistency is one of the most important things when making macarons as it allows you to create perfect macarons with smooth surfaces and feet. Dry powders like cocoa powder or matcha powder tend to absorb moisture, so when added to the macaron batter they will be a little harder to work with.

I find that adding matcha powder in particular to macaron batters can cause the shell to be less smooth than usual. Don’t worry if your shells don’t turn out super smooth, that’s normal!

A couple of tips to keep in mind

  • Make sure the powders are thoroughly sifted
    • Chunks of the powder can cause lumps on the surface of your macaron shells
    • To prevent this I like to use a food processor to blend the icing sugar, almond meal and dry powder (e.g. matcha powder or cocoa powder) together- this ensures that the powder is completely distributed throughout the flours
  • Pay close attention to the batter consistency
    • As the powders absorb moisture, the batter will be a little thicker than usual
    • This means that the batter needs to be folded more to reach the right consistency
    • To check the consistency lift up your spatula and watch the batter fall onto the batter below. The lines that form should disappear slowly (within about 20-30 seconds)
Matcha French macarons with a white chocolate green tea ganache

Tips on creating a ganache filling for macarons

When creating fillings for macarons the most important thing is the consistency. You want it to be firm enough to stay within the shell, but not too firm that it solidifies.

When creating ganache fillings temperature is key. You need to allow time for the ganache to set up before piping into the shells.

Here are a couple of tips to help you with the ganache creating process:

  • Don’t overheat the cream
    • Overheating the cream can cause it to split when mixing with the chocolate. This will result in an oily mess…
    • If this does happen you may be able to save it by letting it cool in the fridge and then gently remelting the mixture
  • Add butter to the ganache
    • The butter is important in the ganache as it gives it smoothness and flexibility. Without it the ganache would be a lot harder to pipe into the shells so don’t skip it!
  • Be patient
    • The hardest part about making a ganache based macaron filling is the wait time.
    • You can’t speed up the process, so just be patient and allow the ganache to chill for 2 hours before piping.

Getting the perfect macaron shape

If you want to achieve the perfect macaron shape one of the most important things is to pipe the shells on a flat surface. The batter is fluid so if it is on an angle it will flow that way.

The other tip to creating perfectly even shells is to use a template. This will ensure that all your shells are piped to the same size. All you need to do is place the printed template under your sheet of baking paper and pipe away.

I have a macaron template available on my PERFECT macaron post

Matcha French macarons with a white chocolate green tea ganache


The Guide to Perfect Macarons

If you are looking for a definitive guide to help you master your macarons I have an ebook which outlines the steps to make French and Italian macarons in detail. It includes photographic steps as well as a guide to the best ingredients and equipment needed to get that perfect macaron!

It also includes 6 exclusive recipes with detailed instructions to impress 😉

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Let’s Get Baking!

Now that you are equipped with all the tips needed to create matcha macarons it’s time to get baking!

If you like this recipe make sure to leave me a comment and rating down below. I’ve seen so many of you recreate my macaron recipes with success and I can’t wait to see more of them. If you do make sure to tag me @catherine.justdessertsau and hashtag #cattycakes so I can see and share all your recreations. I can’t wait to see what other creations you guys bring. until next… happy baking!

Matcha French macarons with a white chocolate green tea ganache

Green Tea Matcha Macarons Recipe

RatingDifficultyIntermediate

Crisp and slightly chewy French macaron shell filled with a smooth, sweet and bitter matcha white chocolate ganache. The perfect combination of bitter-sweet.

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Yields1 Serving
Prep Time30 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time50 mins

Macaron Shells
 45 g Almond meal
 3 g Matcha powder
 45 g Icing sugar
 40 g Egg whites
 40 g White sugar
Matcha Ganache
 75 g Thickened/heavy cream
 125 g White chocolate
 30 g Unsalted butterCubed
 5 g Matcha powder

Macaron Shells
1

In a medium sized bowl sieve the almond meal, matcha powder and powdered sugar together

2

If there are large chunks of almond meal remaining in the sieve dispose of them

3

In a large clean bowl add the egg whites, and using an electric mixer beat until foamy

4

Slowly add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks

5

Add your food colouring of choice and beat until well distributed

6

Fold the sieved almond meal and powdered sugar into the meringue in 2-3 additions, scraping around the bowl and down the centre

7

Once all folded in, press the batter around the bowl and then fold it into the centre

8

Continue until you notice that the lines that form when the batter falls back into the bowl slowly start to disappear

9

Transfer to a piping bag with a round tip and pipe out 1.5inch circles

10

Allow to dry for 1-2 hours

11

Bake in a preheated oven at 140°C for 10-15 minutes (I find that it's usually done at 13, but it depends on your oven so make sure to check! If you give your macarons a wiggle they shouldn't be moving, that's when they're ready)

12

Remove from oven and let cool

Matcha Ganache
13

Roughly chop white chocolate and place in a large bowl with matcha powder

14

Heat the cream on the stove, or in the microwave, until steaming

15

Pour hot cream over the white chocolate and cover the bowl with a plate- let sit for 5 minutes

16

Remove plate and stir until chocolate has completely melted

17

Add the unsalted butter and mix until completely dissolved

18

Place in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up

19

Remove from fridge and fill a piping bag with the ganache

20

Pipe a dollop of ganache into the centre of a macaron shell, top with a matching sized shell

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Ingredients

Macaron Shells
 45 g Almond meal
 3 g Matcha powder
 45 g Icing sugar
 40 g Egg whites
 40 g White sugar
Matcha Ganache
 75 g Thickened/heavy cream
 125 g White chocolate
 30 g Unsalted butterCubed
 5 g Matcha powder

Directions

Macaron Shells
1

In a medium sized bowl sieve the almond meal, matcha powder and powdered sugar together

2

If there are large chunks of almond meal remaining in the sieve dispose of them

3

In a large clean bowl add the egg whites, and using an electric mixer beat until foamy

4

Slowly add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks

5

Add your food colouring of choice and beat until well distributed

6

Fold the sieved almond meal and powdered sugar into the meringue in 2-3 additions, scraping around the bowl and down the centre

7

Once all folded in, press the batter around the bowl and then fold it into the centre

8

Continue until you notice that the lines that form when the batter falls back into the bowl slowly start to disappear

9

Transfer to a piping bag with a round tip and pipe out 1.5inch circles

10

Allow to dry for 1-2 hours

11

Bake in a preheated oven at 140°C for 10-15 minutes (I find that it's usually done at 13, but it depends on your oven so make sure to check! If you give your macarons a wiggle they shouldn't be moving, that's when they're ready)

12

Remove from oven and let cool

Matcha Ganache
13

Roughly chop white chocolate and place in a large bowl with matcha powder

14

Heat the cream on the stove, or in the microwave, until steaming

15

Pour hot cream over the white chocolate and cover the bowl with a plate- let sit for 5 minutes

16

Remove plate and stir until chocolate has completely melted

17

Add the unsalted butter and mix until completely dissolved

18

Place in the fridge for 2 hours to firm up

19

Remove from fridge and fill a piping bag with the ganache

20

Pipe a dollop of ganache into the centre of a macaron shell, top with a matching sized shell

Matcha Macarons

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