Thursday, June 16, 2011

earl grey macarons


A couple of weekends ago, I met up with my besties Sue and Cecila for a girls day, which included an afternoon tea lunch, shopping, and lounging at the spa.  I wanted to make something for us to snack on, and since I've been experimenting with tea-flavored ice creams lately, I thought tea-flavored macarons would be perfect!


I decided to make earl grey macarons, along with another batch of the lemon macarons that I made earlier this month.  For the earl grey macarons, I sprinkled a bit of minced earl grey tea on the tops of the shells, and made an earl grey brown-butter cream cheese filling to go inside.


I could barely taste the earl grey in the filling though (I had added a few teaspoons of concentrated earl grey tea, which I had steeped with one tea bag and a couple of tablespoons of boiling water), so I decided to add a bit of the minced steeped leaves into the filling as well.  That seemed to help add a bit more earl grey flavor, but it still was very faint.


We ended up having a fun and relaxing day out.  There were a lot of leftover macarons though - good thing I brought ziplock baggies so that the girls could bring them home!


21 comments:

  1. these look delicious! i want to try and make some earl grey cupcakes soon :)

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  2. @baking&i - wow, earl grey cupcakes sound delicious!

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  3. Yum! Schoggi used to have really good earl grey macarons, but they switched bakers, and now they're not there anymore, boo. I loved the contrast between the peppery earl grey on the top and the sweet filling inside!

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  4. Where are your recipes? They are beautiful!

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  5. I love tea flavored desserts. These macarons are a true treat!

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  6. Earl Grey is the best! Wonderful idea, well done.

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  7. These look absolutely stunning.

    Just discovered your blog, what a treat!

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  8. share your recipe you selfish pig

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  9. why so bitter, Anonymous? just ask nicely. sheesh!

    your macarons are beautiful! Earl Grey macs are my fave aside from pistachio! yum! would you be willing to share the recipe with us? : )

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  10. @audrey - thank you! and i agree, i don't understand why some people are so mean with the comments!

    here's the recipe for the filling:

    - 1 8oz stick of cream cheese
    - 1/2 stick of unsalted butter
    - pinch of salt
    - 3 cups confectioner's sugar
    - 1 earl grey tea bag

    steep the tea bag in a few tablespoons of boiling water. in the meantime, using the paddle attachment whip the cream cheese and butter until creamy. then add a pinch of salt and the confectioner's sugar and whip on high speed until fluffy. then add the concentrated tea, to taste. i also opened the used tea bag and pulled out some of the steeped tea leaves, minced it up a bit more, and added it to the filling to add more flavor.

    the recipe for the macaron shells are from pierre herme's book "macaron" though, and i always feel weird about posting other people's recipes so i tend to just link to their site or book. but i don't mind emailing the recipe, i've loosely translation his recipe (since the book is in french), so please email me if you're interested in that recipe!

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  11. oh, and i forgot to mention that you first need to cook the butter in a pan over medium high heat until browned, then let it harden in the fridge for a bit. or you could skip that step and just use regular butter :)

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  12. Hi Michele, I love earl grey tea and your macarons look amazing! I wonder if the flavor would be more pronounced if two tea bags were used instead of one? If it's not too much trouble, I would love to see the translated Pierre Herme recipe! My email address is jenny@stuff-i-love.com :) Thank you!

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    1. @Jenny - sure, will email you right now! :)

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    2. Hi, may i have the recipe too? it looks so lovely! i recently started baking macarons and earl grey sounds perfect! thanks! miss.fifteen.lisa@gmail.com

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    3. @lisa - just sent you a email! enjoy!

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  13. please send me the recipe to these amazing macarons!! vytavitian@sbcglobal.net
    also, any suggestions to give an intense flavor, love earl grey!!

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  14. Dear thanks for positing your Macaroon experience please if you dont mind sending me the recipe that works the best with you. My email nema83@gmail.com Thank you so much.

    Nema

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  15. Darling, your macarons look absolutely lovely! If would be so kind as to send your recipe along to fellow baker I'd be extremely grateful! My email is: m1ckey_m0use94@yahoo.com. Cheers!

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  16. Hi Michele, could I have the recipe for these lovely looking macarons?
    here's my email: icecoled222@yahoo.com

    Wishing you a happy 2014!

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