Wednesday 29 April 2015

Vanilla Bean French Macarons & Vanilla Bean Sugar Recipes 香草豆荚法式马卡龙与香草糖 (中英食谱教程)

As mentioned last Friday, besides receiving a box of Mastrad cupcake pops kit to make these almond cupcake pops below,
Click Here to view Almond Cupcake Pops recipe

 I have also received a box of Mastrad macaron kit to try out. 

Using this kit, I have made a batch of French method Macarons and I am so glad that it is successful on my first attempt! Though it is not very tall, it is close to the ideal macaron which should have a perfect circle with solid smooth bases, have a ruffled “skirt” or “feet” along the edges where it has risen in the oven, taste slightly chewy and yet crunchy! 

Here's sharing the recipe which I have adpated the basic steps for making french macarons from the recipe booklet that comes with the Macaron kit. I have chosen the natural ingredient - Organic Vanilla bean seeds to flavour the macarons. If you have been following my blog or Facebook page, you would know that I am one who advocates using natural ingredients and avoid artificial colourings and chemicals if possible. 

For this recipe, I highly recommend using vanilla seeds from the vanilla pod instead of substituting with alternatives as it is the healthiest and most fragrance. To know the difference between Vanilla bean pod seeds, vanilla extract etc., do click here to find out as I had previously did a comparison among the Vanilla products when I shared the Smooth and Creamy Vanilla custard recipe.  


Source from the Internet
香草豆荚的好处: 促进头发生长, 抗衰老, 舒缓烧伤, 治疗粉刺, 助于减肥瘦身, 减轻反胃, 辅助伤口愈合

To prepare the vanilla seed, this is what you do:

Cut the vanilla pod into half, slice it in half lengthwise to reveal the seeds, use the back of the knife to scrape it out.  

Don't throw away the vanilla pod after scraping out the seeds, You can make vanilla sugar (which is very expensive to buy in store) with it. Vanilla sugar is great in coffee, tea, or sprinkle it over oatmeal and yogurt. You can also use it to bake cookies, make salted caramel sauce etc. 

豆荚不要丢,可以用来自制香草糖(到外头买好贵哦!)。 香草糖可以用来泡咖啡,茶或撒进麦片和奶酸, 也可以用来制作糕点等等。

How to make Vanilla Sugar : 

1. Place the vanilla pod in a glass container with 250g castor sugar.
2. Seal and set aside for 2~3 weeks before using.  




Vanilla Bean French Macarons
(basic recipe for making french macarons adapted from booklet that came with the Mastrad macaron kit, 中文食谱由Baking Taitai翻译)

Ingredients: (makes 52 shells, 26 macarons)

130g almond powder/almond meal 
220 icing sugar/confectioner's sugar
130g egg whites (I used fresh room temperature ones and not aged ones)
65g caster sugar
1 vanilla bean pod
Grinded vanilla bean pod for decoration (optional) 


130克 杏仁粉
220克 糖粉
130克 蛋白(我用新鲜室温的蛋白)
65克 细砂糖
1支 香草豆荚


Methods 做法 : 
1. Put the icing sugar and almond powder into a grinder to obtain a fine powder. Sift them into a bowl.


2. Pour the egg whites into a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whisk till foaming stage, add in caster sugar gradually. Add in vanilla seeds at soft peak stage and whisk till stiff peak. (I used speed 5 on my KitchenAid stand mixer throughout.) 

2。蛋白放入一个大碗里,用电动搅拌器打至粗泡后,逐渐加入细砂糖。搅打到软性发泡时,加入香草籽,再继续打到硬性发泡, 就是蛋白拿起时有坚挺的角。(我用KitchenAid 搅拌器全程以中速5打。)

3. Pour in half of the sifted powders to the meringue, using a silicone spatula, fold with about 10 strokes. Then pour in the remaining half sifted powders and continue to fold with about 30 strokes. 


4. Pour the mixture into a pastry bag fitted with a round nozzle. 


5. Place the macaron sheet on the oven grill pan. 


6. Pipe a small drop about 2cm wide in the center of each indented circle of the macaron baking sheet. Allow the mixture to spread into the indentations. Lightly tap the grill pan on the counter top to remove any air bubbles. 


7. Leave the macarons to dry in the room temperature for about an hour or more until the shells are ready to bake once they no longer stick to your finger. This is important for 'feet' to form during baking. (I decorated the shells with grinded vanilla bean pod just before baking.) 


8. Bake in a preheated oven at 140/150 degree Celcius top/bottom heat for about 15~17 minutes. Open the oven door slightly 2~3 minutes before the end of cooking so as to allow the steam to be released. (Please adjust temperature and timing to suit your oven.)

8。入预热烤箱以140/150摄氏度上下火烤约15〜17分钟。烘烤结束稍前2〜3分钟打开烤箱门,以便释放蒸汽。 (不同烤炉有不同的火力,所以要因应自己的烤箱调整温度与烘烤时间。)

9. Remove from oven. Wait for the shells to cool completely (approximately 15 minutes) before removing from the baking sheet. 


10. Pipe your favourite fillings on one shell and put 2 shells together and it's done!  (I have used Nutella straight from the bottle as fillings. )  


11. Chill it in the fridge, taste best after 24 hours. 


Important Notes 重要事项:
1. Do not reduce the amount of sugar or any ingredients when making macarons, it is important to follow and measure accurately! 

2. Folding technique - You must go from the center of the bowl outwards, be sure to scrape the spatula along the bottom of the bowl with one hand so as to lift all the mixture at the same time then turn the bowl a quarter turn with the other hand and repeat.
2。搅拌技术 - 右手拿橡皮刮刀以压面糊摩擦盆底,从中心磨向盆边,左手边转盆。

3. The mixture must be mixed until smooth, shiny and slightly runny, but you must stop at the right moment. If over-mixed, it will become too liquid and the macarons will not develop perfect edges during baking. If under-mixed, the macarons will split/crack during baking. 
3。面糊必须压拌到光亮,从上滑落时缓慢而连续的丝带状,堆叠在盆内的面糊会缓慢的往旁边滑动。 千万不可搅拌过度,面糊会变得太液,烘焙时就不会展现裙边。如果搅拌不够,马卡龙也会在烘焙过程中分裂。

All Mastrad products are strictly comply with European Food Testing directive, TUV test and German LFGB safety certified. Mastrad silicone bakewares use 100% premium silicone, have shiny surface to enhance de-moulding. The moulds are designed to have a balance between rigidity and flexibility which means that handling will be safe, not filmsy and have good flexibility for easy release of the cake. Mastrad is also the only bakeware brand that has a patent for its "Rigid handle", thanks to reinforced handles that makes handling safer. 

You can get Mastrad products at the following online stores: (Singapore) (Malaysia) (China/Hong Kong)

Retail stores in Hong Kong: 

- ilovecake store: WanChai and Yau Ma Tai outlet.
- Kam Fatt Hong: ShangHai Street and Tai Kok Chui.
- Cakeaway cooking studio: Kwun Tong. 
- Flavors stores: Jordan Street.
- ilovekitchen: K11 and Mega Box.

住在香港的朋友们,如果你们没有购物网站“天猫”的户口 ,按香港代理销售- Mastrad Asia Pacific 的Facebook页订购,支付后,货将会送到您指定的地址去。 

For those staying in Hong Kong, if you do not have a Tmall account, click here to write to Mastrad Asia Pacific Facebook page, place your order and goods will be delivered to your address after payment is made.

Baking Taitai's Giveaway


(starting 24 April 2015 and ending on 14 May 2015)

I have asked Mastrad Asia Pacific for a set of Cupcake Pops kit and a set of Macaron Kit for my loyal readers and followers to try. They are so nice to sponsor it and there will be one winner for each item. 

Mastrad F44960 Cupcake Pops Kit

Retail price SIN$ 63.39

Make a variety of homemade treats with this versatile Cupcake Pops kit from Mastrad
Use for cupcake pops,sweet and savoury mini tarts, cheese shells, chocolates, etc
Use the mould with the lid to get sweet or savoury muffins or cupcakes with perfectly rounded tops.
Mould measures 29.5cm wide overall, 24cm long. Each cup measures approximately 3cm diameter, 1.5cm deep
Oven and dishwasher safe
Presented in an attractive box, this set would make an ideal gift for a keen cook

Mastrad F45360 Macaron Kit

Retail price SIN$ 58.53
11-Piece Macaron Kit by Mastrad
Set includes everything essential for making perfect Macarons
Includes 1 pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 1 Macaron Baking Sheet and 1 recipe book
Silicone baking sheet for non-stick, perfectly-sized Macarons; decorate like a professional using included pastry bag/tips
Recipe books features step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious Macarons

Terms and Conditions:
1. This Giveaway is open to Baking Taitai's readers and followers residing in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

2. There will be one winner for each item. 
3. Enter the giveaway forms below for the item you would like to win, you may enter both. 

4. Click here to Like & Share Baking Taitai's Facebook Giveaway post dated 24 April 2015 or 29 April 2015. 
4。按到Baking Taitai的Facebook,在 24 April 2015 或 29 April 2015的帖子,按赞与分享。

5. Giveaway Tools will generate a random winner for each item when the giveaway closed. 

6. Winner will be notified by email. If there is no response within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly generated. 

7. Prize will be courier to the winners.

Fill up this form to win the Cupcake Pops Kit Set

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Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. 

Thanks for dropping by. See you again! 

 The cooking temperature as suggested in all my recipes serve as a guideline. Every oven has different thermostat, you may have to adjust the temperature and timing to suit your oven. Different brand of ingredients have different composites, thus there may be a slight difference in the end result.  食谱里的烘烤温度和时间只是供参考,每一架烤炉的恒温器都不同,请自己调适。不同品牌的材料有不同的复合材料,所以最终成品有可能稍有不同。

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1 comment :

mui mui said...

Hi Cheryl,
Your macarons turn out so beautifully.
Thumbs Up to you!