Thursday, May 17, 2007

Bake-A-Thank-You

The opportunity to share my love of baking at one of Singapore’s most well respected cooking schools has been an incredibly rewarding and enriching experience. I owe huge thanks to the fabulous Shermay Lee, whose dedication to the pursuit of perfection is second to none, and the peerlessly resourceful S, without whom all this would never have transpired in the first place. And last but certainly not least, the wonderful people I’ve met through the various classes.

Since the weekend just past – the class covered classic macaron flavours like chocolate, coffee, vanilla and hazelnut – I’ve received a few emails asking how the main recipe can be adapted for matcha macarons. It’s a super easy variation that requires no change in quantities of the key ingredients, only that of the flavouring. So here it is, a token of my appreciation to all the lovely ladies (and occasional gentleman) I've had the great pleasure of getting to know a little better over the past few months.

Matcha Macarons
Yield: About 36 pairs, depending on the size they are piped

Follow method as set out on pages 1 to 3. At step 6, stir in 1 Tbsp (level) of matcha (in lieu of vanilla). At step 14, pipe on a dollop of Matcha Buttercream or some other complementary filling.

Matcha Buttercream
Yield: Enough to fill at least 36 pairs of macarons, depending on the size of the macarons

Follow method for classic buttercream as set out on page 7. To flavour, make the following: Stir 1 Tbsp (level) of matcha together with 1 Tbsp hot water until the paste is smooth. Once cooled, add to the buttercream (see step 5).

My personal preference is to sandwich the matcha macarons with sweetened chestnut puree - the richness of the latter is nicely balanced by the grassy, herbaceous character of the former.

28 Comments:

Blogger Sonicstarburst said...

You were a wonderful and generous teacher. I am really glad I could be in both the cupcake workshops. Pity I had to miss the macaroons one!

How do we reach you if we want to place orders for your desserts?

Cheers
A grateful student

11:15 pm, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to learn how to make macaroons, unfortunately I live in Canada and couldn't attend your class. Could you please let me have the recipe for making those basic macaroons?
Thanks.
Cat

11:35 pm, May 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a dream to work with J. Organised, generous and the macarons are truly outstanding! I can't wait for the Christmas classes, it's going to be fantastic. Meanwhile, happy recipe testing! =)

12:35 am, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Mercotte said...

absolutly perfect!!

12:48 am, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your class was fantastic, you're a very good teacher. You're so generous with tips, clear and concise. I really enjoyed myself!

I went home and savoured every bite from the lovely box of home-made macaroons & biscotti you gave us. And it was perfect with the Gryphon tea from Shermay.

I'm really looking forward to the rest of your classes. I'm definitely signing up with my frens!!!

2:40 am, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Papilles et Pupilles said...

What wonderful macarons ! So yummy !

6:53 am, May 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to chime in with those of us who were privileged to snag a spot in your classes, and say that your classes were really fantastic! Clear, well-organised and comprehensive instructions, together with such amazingly delicious results. You are the total package!

10:48 am, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Bad Home Cook said...

Matcha macaroons with chestnut paste?? Oishi-desu ne?!
I would love to taste one. Unfortunately I truly doubt my ability to make these on my own. Then again, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

1:04 am, May 19, 2007  
Blogger Jacelyn said...

Hi Jocelyn, I was busy with my exams and I missed your macarons class. Really hope you could have a few more of the macarons class. I've tried making them 4 times but has failed thus far.

12:03 pm, May 19, 2007  
Anonymous Cadenze said...

I'm one of the fortunate few who managed to get into all 3 of your classes, and I must say it was such a wonderful experience! I am definitely going to try making those matcha macarons.

Thanks for the detailed recipe package, and looking forward to attending more of your classes!

9:39 pm, May 19, 2007  
Anonymous Ellie said...

They are stunning! Singapore is a bit far for me to get to to attend your lessons (I'm in Australia), is there any chance of buying a book of your recipes? (I'd LOVE the macaron recipes!)

9:56 pm, May 19, 2007  
Blogger jenjen said...

Wow, you are amazing!
All I can say is that you are amazing and I look forward to all your detailed posts. The pictures are stunning as usual.

6:33 pm, May 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Joycelyn

I have attended many cooking classes, sometimes conducted by trained pastry chefs. It amazes me that despite being self-taught, your sense of professionalism, dedication and the level at which you choose to operate (high), oftentimes exceeds that of the formally trained. But I suppose it is not surprising given you have a natural gift.

Sincerely Yours,
An admiring student

7:32 pm, May 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the class. You're a great teacher. And I love the beautiful box with the macarons which was so thoughtfully prepared.

It was a wonderful way to spend Mothers' Day. I'll definitely sign up for your future classes!

1:23 am, May 21, 2007  
Blogger valentina said...

It is a shame that I am not in the same country as you. Your blog is just a dream and I always feel so humbled when I visit it. All the success.I will be in Singapore for work during two weeks at the end of June so I will spend the days prior to that going through your old posts to see if I can find any tips of food places to visit.

6:25 am, May 21, 2007  
Blogger Oh for the love of food! said...

Hi Joycelyn, You sound like a 'Dream Teacher' with all the compliments you've received from your students! I would love to attend one of your classes- I wll be in S'pore from the 18th of August - 10th September. Will you be teaching any courses then?

10:34 am, May 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joycelyn, you are a great teacher to learn from. I attended yr macarons class on Sat. and tried making the macarons on Sun. It turned out well. For the first time my macarons hv "feets". Thank you so much. See u on Friday (cupcake class).

rgds

10:48 am, May 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I attended both your cupcake workshops and enjoyed them so much. I agree with the rest of the comments - you are so clear and precise with your instructions that its hard to go wrong. I've tried making the chocolate muffins a couple of times and they turned out very well. I have a question about the butter cream icing though. It tends to melt quite quickly when i'm icing the cupcakes - guess it's our hot weather. Is there any way to make it more stable?

thanks!

7:14 pm, May 22, 2007  
Blogger ParisBreakfasts said...

OH MY !
Exquisite!
Exquisite!!
Exquisite!!!
BRAVO :)

10:10 pm, May 22, 2007  
Blogger the pastry princess said...

hi jocelyn,

your macarons are beautiful! as i am no where near singapore, i am sorry to not have the opportunity to take your classes. but, would it be possible to share your recipe fro your lovely macarons? i'm sure there are tons of other people who would love to make them, too!

many many thanks!

9:48 pm, May 23, 2007  
Blogger Big Boys Oven said...

Will defintely attend your class soon. Your macaroon looks so like you do, gorgeous, delicious and pretty. Luv, Big Boys Oven

2:03 am, May 27, 2007  
Blogger Irrational me said...

Hi Joycelyn,

I'm so glad I managed to get into your classes! They have been endlessly inspiring and I am grateful for the comprehensive recipe pack you and Shermay have prepared.

I love the way you bake, so organised and methodical, cos I'm a big perfectionist myself! That said, I obviously have (a huge) room for improvement.

Lastly, I just want to say that I am really proud that we have so many culinary gems in Singapore, including such a young and talented pastry chef. Hope to be able to attend more of your classes. Way to go, girl!

11:12 pm, May 27, 2007  
Anonymous LG said...

Dear Joycelyn,

Found your wonderful blog a while ago and has been an avid fan of your work. Your matcha macaroon looked so gooood! Is it possible to ask for the recipe for the macaroon and buttercream please? Thank you so much!~

Sincerely,
Your avid fan
Minneapolis, MN, USA

9:11 am, May 30, 2007  
Blogger nini said...

sublimi!

12:28 pm, May 30, 2007  
Blogger w h i n e y w h i n e r said...

well, how can i go about ordering macaroons from you? my email's at virgonianbaby@hotmail.com

3:32 pm, May 31, 2007  
Anonymous Tanya said...

Hi Joycelyn...

Just wanna say you have a very amazing blog! I really enjoy my time looking at the pictures at your blog and reading the stories.... amazing!

11:29 pm, July 07, 2007  
Blogger sue said...

dear joycelyn, your hands a definately like a midas golden touch...everything turns out so beautifuly.
May i ask if the macaroon u teach are overly sweet. Do u used the italian meringue method for all yr macaroons.
thanks

12:41 am, July 30, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you sell your macarons? Thanks.

4:43 pm, August 01, 2007  

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