[The awesome looking Tupperware container used in this post has been sponsored by Tupperware]
Almost every Christmas my sis and I will bake something for friends in church and also our colleagues. We thought for sometime and decided we would bake macarons! I bought an ‘all about macarons’ book and thought it should easy enough. Nothing that we can’t reproduce at home right?
Making macarons at home was harder than we thought! But in the end, after around 6 or 7 failed experiments, we kind of succeeded. Since we finally got some decent ones, we made tonnes of it! A couple hundreds to give away! (Why not? Since we already bought the ingredients!)
For some, we packed some in small individual bags to be given to individuals. For the rest we brought it to parties / fellowships / outings. We can’t packed them in some ugly containers. It had to be something decent and presentable. It was hard work after all.
The container of choice was the ‘Tapau’ set from Tupperware. It goes so well doesn’t it?
We brought them to the venue and just leaving it on the table makes it so inviting!
Don’t you think it looks lovely?
For the successful batches, we had different types of fillings. Some had ganache made from recipes pulled from the internet. When we ran out of it and was lazy to make more, we used peanut butter!
We started with Adam’s 100% natural peanut butter. It’s our family’s most loved brand of peanut butter. It’s only peanuts and unsalted too!
Geek speak: Next time, you go shopping for peanut butter, take a look at the ingredients, many brands have ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Adam’s just peanuts!
We ran out of Adam’s at 12 midnight and since Cold Storage at King Albert Park opens 24 hours, I went there to get more. Oh no! There were out of stock! I got the other brands and a bottle of Goober Grape and Peanut butter too.
The version above was the Goober Grape and Peanut Butter version. After trying so many types of filling. The easiest and tastiest was with Adam’s 100% natural peanut butter. It seemed to go very well with the sweet chocolate meringue shells.
One day we will experiment and make the famous ‘pandan and gula java’ filling for our macarons!
Geek Speak: That filling by the way is Justin Quek’s famous macarons.
If I say making it is easy, I would be lying. To make the shells, you would need lots of icing sugar, castor sugar, egg whites, chocolate powder and ground almond. The ground almond that we used was from ToTT. It’s a stone throw away from our place.
Geek speak: Be careful when you go there! ToTT’s like an Ikea of kitchen ware! You might want to buy up the whole store!
We tried a few recipes. The first recipe we tried was from this book called “irresistable macaroons“.
Geek Speak: Macarons or Macaroons, the book and magazine from UK spells it as macaroons. US and Singapore magazines spell it as Macarons. Ya, some say Macaroons is another thing. Don’t argue. I have the book and magazine with me. Wikipedia is US.
For the recipe that we used, we tried the recipe from the macarons book we had. It failed miserably. Then we used a recipe published in the food magazine called “Delicious”. That recipe did not produce the “feet” on the macarons either. These recipes required us to let the macarons ‘sit’ before baking. We tried sitting them for 5 mins, 15 mins, 1 hour and even 2 hours. None of them worked for us. The macarons never had the ‘shell’ that was suppose to form. I guess if your kitchen has no air-conditioning, it will be too humid for it to dry and form a crust.
These pink ones were made using recipe from the “macarons” book. Tried a few times and method with the recipe. It does not work. The outcome is so bad, I am not showing it here.
Geek Speak: We tried using greeseproof paper. It does not work as well. We read Silpat works best for prefect smooth bottom. I have 2 silpats at home, but I am not cutting them to fit into my baking tray!
These green ones were from the “Delicious” magazine UK recipe. It came out OK, but no “feet” came out. We tried it a few times.
Geek Speak: For this batch, we used Non Stick Baking Sheet by Tefbake that we got from UK. Actually they were made in Ireland. It seems to give the best results for flat smooth surface.
Finally, we tried the recipe from David Lebovitz (Click here for his recipe). We modified the recipe a little, we used the fair-trade drinking chocolate from UK. As drinking chocolates have sugar, we used less sugar for the recipe. Instead of the 65 grams of granulated sugar, we used 50 grams.
Geek Speak: This batch, we used baking sheets by wiltshire. We saw it at the Robinsons sale and got them 20% off. Original price, $13.90. With the sale you get 20% off, with Robinsons Card, another 5% when your bill comes. 😉 These sheets do not work as well as the Tefbake ones though. But works better than greaseproof paper.
David’s recipe says 180C. But we tried a few batches with 180C and it the shell cracks. We finally settled for 160C and it comes out really well. We baked it for 16 or 17 minutes. Less than that, the centre will not be cooked.
We were monitoring the macarons as it cooks. Look! Feet!
After cooling, take two pieces and put in the fillings! Then eat!
Packing them in origami boxes and clear plastic for Christmas Eve presents.
For the rest meant for big groups, we put them in the beautiful ‘tapau’ set by Tupperware. We brought it to the various Christmas parties and church fellowships we went to. Everyone loved the macarons. Some seem to love the Tupperware more than the macarons!
Other than using it for packing. You can use the Tupperware to measure the ingredients too. Put the Tupperware on the scale and reset it to zero. Measure the ingredients in the containers and you save on washing! Since this ‘tapau’ set comes with 3 containers, you can sieve the ingredients into the deeper ones too. A set of Tupperware does so many things eh?
If you want to find out more about Tupperware, you can visit: www.tupperware.com.sg
There are also a Tupperware Brands Business Centre near you. Call these numbers if you want to find out more about Tupperware. Bedok 9823 7122 | Bukit Batok 9368 5252 | City, Maxwell Road 9842 0690 | Jurong East 9617 2683 | Tampines 6789 8133 | Toa Payoh 9633 5008 | Woodlands 9271 1406 | Yishun 9781 6521
Hope you enjoyed this post.
[This post has been sponsored by Tupperware, but the baking experience are all my own]