I found this easy macaroon recipe in the Treat Petite book by Fiona Pearce.  These macaroons have a subtle violet and green tea taste making them the perfect for afternoon tea treat.  The Mini Violet and Green Tea Macaroons work well with a cup of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea.

Easy macaroon recipe from Treat Petite

Easy Macaroon Recipe and More – Treat Petite Book

Easy macaroon recipe – ingredients

This easy macaroon recipe requires the following ingredients …
125 g (4½ oz) icing sugar
125 g (4½ oz) ground almonds
90 g (3¼ oz) egg whites (3 medium egg whites)
2 tbsp water
110 g (3¾ oz) caster sugar purple and green
Food colouring
½ tsp violet essence / flavouring
150 ml (5 fl oz) double cream
1 tsp matcha green tea powder

Easy macaroon recipe

Easy Macaroon Recipe – Mini Violet and Green Tea Macaroons

Easy macaroon recipe – instructions

This easy macaroon recipe starts with preheating the oven to 160°C / 325°F / Gas Mark 3.  Line a large baking sheet with baking paper.  Place the icing sugar, ground almonds and half the egg whites in a large bowl and mix to a paste.

Put the water and caster sugar in a small saucepan and gently stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Increase the heat and allow the mixture to boil until it thickens to a syrup.  Whisk the remaining egg whites in a small bowl with a hand-held electric mixer until medium to stiff peaks form, then add the sugar syrup, whisking until the mixture becomes stiff and shiny.  Stir in the almond paste.  Divide the mixture between 2 bowls.  Tint one bowl with purple food colouring and the other bowl with green food colouring.  Add the violet essence / flavouring to the purple mixture.

Spoon the 2 mixtures into separate piping bags, each fitted with a small round piping tube.  Pipe flat 1-cm (½-inch) rounds of meringue onto the lined baking sheet, about 2 cm (¾ inch) apart.  Allow the piped rounds to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to form a skin, then bake in the preheated oven with the door slightly ajar for 8–10 minutes until firm.  Remove the macaroons from the oven and allow them to cool completely on the baking sheet.

For the fillings, whip the cream until it holds its shape, then divide between 2 bowls.  Stir the green tea powder into one bowl.  Sandwich the purple macaroons together with the plain whipped cream and the green ones together with the green tea whipped cream.

Easy macaroon recipe – maker

The maker of these tempting treats is Fiona Pearce.  Cake decorating and food styling started as a hobby for Fiona in 2009.  She then moved from Sydney to London and began blogging about the subject www.icingbliss.blogspot.co.uk.  Fiona loves everything vintage and regularly posts baking and craft tutorials to share her enthusiasm.  She also teaches cake-decorating classes in South West London.

Fiona Pearce

Easy Macaroon Recipe Maker – Fiona Pearce

The Treat Petite book features 42 sweet and savoury recipes.  It’s available to buy from March 2014.  The price is £12.99.  For easy ordering the ISBN number is 978-1-78240-098-1.  The book is published by Ivy Press.

Author: Introduction by Homegirl London, Easy Macaroon Recipe by Fiona Pearce.  Photographs: Ivy Press.  Thanks: Emily Owen.