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Ube Macarons

Ube French macarons with light and fluffy ube buttercream

Crisp and slightly chewy macaron shells filled with a light and creamy ube buttercream. These purple yam flavoured macarons are a mix between Filipino and French cuisine! 

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Ingredients

Macaron Shells

  • 50 g Almond meal
  • 45 g Icing sugar
  • 37 g Egg whites
  • 37 g White sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Ube extract
  • Purple powdered or gel food colouring

Ube Buttercream

  • 100g Unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 65g Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 50g Ube halaya (If you can't find any feel free to use 1/2 tsp ube extract and 20g icing sugar instead)
  • 1/4 tsp Ube extract

Instructions

Macaron Shells

  1. In a medium sized bowl sieve the almond meal 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. Fold the sieved almond meal and powdered sugar into the meringue in 2 additions, scraping around the bowl and down the centre
  6. Continue until you notice that the lines that form when the batter falls back into the bowl slowly start to disappear
  7. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a round tip and pipe out 1.5inch circles
  8. Allow to dry for 1-2 hours, or until the surface is matte and dry
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 140°C for 13-15 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)
  10. Remove from oven and let cool

Ube Buttercream

  1. Whisk butter, cream cheese and ube halaya together until light and fluffy
  2. Add ube extract and mix until well combined
  3. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a round tip
  4. Match similar sized macaron shells with each other
  5. On the flat side of one shell pipe a large dollop of buttercream
  6. Top with a matching shell
  7. Place in airtight container in the fridge for a day to mature (gives deeper flavour and chewy texture!)

Keywords: ube, yam, purple, sweet potato, root vegetable, buttercream, macaron, french macaron, egg whites, meringue