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Creative matcha-macaron-ice-cream-sandwiches

A well explained French macaron recipe that will blow your mind every time you use it with a slight deference in taste, Using matcha  powder to add healthy benefits to the recipe.

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Servings: about 10 pieces

Cooking time: 30 min in the oven

Preparation time: 45 min

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ground almonds (2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pint green tea ice cream
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream

Steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 275° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, combine the ground almonds with the matcha powder and confectioners’ sugar and process until fine. Add 2 of the egg whites and the almond extract and process to a paste. Scrape the paste into a large bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with the water and cook over moderately high heat until the syrup reaches 225° (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, in another bowl, beat the remaining 2 egg whites with the help of an electric mixture until soft peaks form. With the machine at medium-high speed, gradually drizzle in the hot sugar syrup and beat the meringue until it is stiff, glossy and just warm to the touch, about 4 minutes. Using a large rubber spatula, fold  the meringue into the matcha-almond paste until no streaks remain.
  • Spoon the meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip. Pipe about ten 2 1/2-inch rounds of the meringue onto each of the prepared baking sheets. Using a moistened fingertip, carefully smooth the tops. Let the macarons stand uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes; this will make the surfaces shiny and crisp.
  • Bake the macarons for 30 minutes, until the tops and bottoms are dry and crisp; shift the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking. Prop the oven door open several inches and let the macarons cool completely.
  • Working in batches, scoop 10 scant 2-tablespoon mounds of each ice cream onto a sheet of wax paper. Using a spatula, lightly flatten the ice cream and sandwich a scoop each of vanilla and green tea ice cream between 2 macarons; press very lightly to close. Serve right away.

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