Banana Coconut Macarons Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018

Shopping for a fruity tropical taste of sweetness? This is a great combination for those who adore such a compatible flavor duo. It’s also a marvelous summer treat! 🙂

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Banana Coconut Macarons Recipe

Ingredients:

160 g powdered sugar, sift with almond flour
160 g almond flour, sift with powdered sugar
150 g egg whites
180 g confectioners’ sugar, sieved
½ teaspoon [3 grams] cream of tartar
1 Tablespoon [8 grams] arrowroot powder
Yellow food gel
Colorful sprinkles [optional]

OVEN TEMPERATURE: 300 degrees Fahrenheit/150 Celsius

Sift the almond flour and confectioners’ sugar together into a bowl. Stir in the arrowroot powder and set aside.
Put a template on a baking sheet and place a silicone mat or parchment paper over it. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. Whisk until well combined.
Place bowl over pot with just enough water, as you don’t want the water touching the bowl. Heat on medium until meringue is hot. Test to make sure it’s hot enough by sticking your clean finger in the meringue near the center of the bowl. If using a candy thermometer the temperature should be about 130 F [54 C].
Remove from heat and place bowl onto stand mixer. Add the cream of tartar.
Whisk on medium to high speed until firm peaks form. Egg whites should be glossy and if you flip the bowl upside down, nothing will come out.
Add food coloring and whisk until the color is incorporated.
Remove the whisk and add the paddle attachment [if using one].
Add the presifted almond flour and confectioners’ sugar mixture.
Turn mixer on low or medium speed and mix for up to 10 seconds. If that doesn’t mix the batter thoroughly, mix for another 10 seconds. Turn off mixer and with your spatula, run it around the sides and bottom of bowl to make sure all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Test for the ribbon stage. When you lift your spatula above the bowl, the batter should fall back to the bowl as one continuous stream and create a ribbon pattern.
Pour batter into a pastry bag [14″ or 16″] fitted with a large round tip.
Pipe onto the silicone or parchment covered baking sheets.
When finished with each sheet, bang baking sheet on counter to remove air bubbles. If you see any air bubbles, pop them with a toothpick.
Add the sprinkles on top of the macaron shells.
Let shells rest on a flat surface in a cool, dry area for about 30 minutes. The surface will change from glossy to matte. To make sure they’re done, gently touch the edge of one with your finger. There should be no trace of batter on your finger.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. Carefully monitor the baking process and check your oven thermometer. After 8 or so minutes, rotate the tray to ensure even baking.
Macarons are done when you peel back the mat or the parchment paper and the shells don’t stick.
Remove from oven and gently slide the parchment or silicone mat onto a cooling rack. The shells should be cool enough to remove after 10 minutes.
Place macaron shells on a wax paper covered baking sheet or tray for filling. Match similar sized shells together. Pipe the filling on the flat side of one shell and gently place the second shell on top.

Banana Coconut Filling

Ingredients:

2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
½ cup cream cheese, room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla extract OR vanilla bean paste
2 teaspoons banana extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
5 drops yellow food gel

Instructions:

Beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add the vanilla while continuing to beat. Sift in the powdered sugar through a sifter. Mix for about 5-7 minutes. Add extracts. Spoon into a piping bag.

Amazon link: Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Maliga is an American author of contemporary fiction and cozy mysteries. Her nonfiction titles consist of how to make bath and body products with an emphasis on melt and pour soap crafting. When researching her cozy mystery, she discovered the art of baking French macarons. She has written three dessert cookbooks, including two on macarons. When not writing, Lisa reads an assortment of books, takes photos, and is working on a series of baking and soaping video tutorials. Visit her website at: https://www.LisaMaliga.com

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Baking Checklist for Macarons

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018

There’s no such thing as foolproof macarons! However, there are ways to ensure that you bake the best batches you can by keeping this handy baking checklist nearby. Feel free to share this with other macaron bakers. And revise it to your needs. It’s all about getting the tastiest and prettiest batches of macarons!

This excerpt is from my book Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method.

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BAKING CHECKLIST

♥ Note outside and inside temperature and humidity just before you begin baking.

♥ Have a notepad and pen handy so you can take notes.

♥ In addition to taking notes, photograph/film the process. Or have someone photograph/film you so you can concentrate on baking.

♥ Is your almond flour sifted [at least 3 times] or ground in the food processor?

♥ Have you premixed your almond flour and confectioners’ sugar? Have you sifted it together once?

♥ Are your egg whites weighed?

♥ Is your confectioners’ [icing] sugar sifted and measured?

♥ Are your mixing bowls clean and dry?

♥ Are your parchment paper or silicone mats clean, dry and ready for piping?

♥ Have you added your tip to the piping bag?

♥ Are the oven racks in the correct position?

♥ Will you make your filling after your macaron shells or is it already made?

♥ Is your cooling rack set out?

♥ Are your drying/filling trays lined with wax paper?

Use this as a guide to help monitor the baking process:

First batch # shells sat for # minutes. Baked for # minutes.

Second batch # shells baked for # minutes.

Third batch # shells baked for # minutes.

With each batch, note the type of cookie sheet, whether you use only one or if you double them. Also, note the position of the oven rack

Indicate if you’re using parchment or silicone mats.

Observe the temperature of your oven periodically.

Note when you rotated the baking sheet.

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Equipment needed for baking macarons

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lisa Maliga is an American author of contemporary fiction and cozy mysteries. Her nonfiction titles consist of how to make bath and body products with an emphasis on melt and pour soap crafting. When researching her cozy mystery, she discovered the art of baking French macarons. She has written three dessert cookbooks, including two on macarons. When not writing, Lisa reads an assortment of books, takes photos, and is working on a series of baking and soaping video tutorials. Visit her website at https://www.LisaMaliga.com

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Chocolate Orange Spice Cupcakes Recipe & Video Tutorial

By Lisa Maliga
Copyright 2017-2018

This type of cupcake is appealing to those who love a strong citrusy spicy combination. If you’re looking for an autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas treat, here’s a winning flavor. 

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Chocolate Orange Spice Cupcake

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped [Green & Black’s Maya Gold] [3 oz.]
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons virgin coconut oil [3 oz]
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons [fresh] lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla

Makes 12 cupcakes

Oven temperature: 350 Fahrenheit/177 Celsius

DIRECTIONS:

Place the chopped chocolate and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot water over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. The rack should be in the center. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners.

Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly.

Whisk the virgin coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate. Add the flour mixture and mix until smooth. DON’T OVERMIX!

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 – 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely.

ORANGE SPICE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup [6 oz.] unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar [confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar]
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice blend*
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ teaspoons orange extract
12 drops orange color

FROSTING DIRECTIONS: 

Beat softened butter on medium speed for about 3-4 minutes until completely smooth and creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and spices with the mixer running. Increase to high speed and beat for 1 minute.

Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate has a spicy orange flavor that pairs beautifully with this frosting. I used it once before as I’d run out of regular dark chocolate and was impressed with the way the flavor came out in the cupcakes even a day after they’d been baked. If you can’t use this particular brand/type of chocolate, that’s okay, use whatever’s available to you. However, if you want it to have an orange spice flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon orange extract and about 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin or apple spice blend to your cupcake batter.

* make your own pumpkin spice blend

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

Amazon Kindle link: Baking Chocolate Cupcakes and Brownies: A Beginner’s Guide

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Chocolate Coconut Ganache Filling Recipe [Vegan/Non-dairy]

Chocolate Coconut Ganache Filling Recipe [Vegan/Non-dairy]

By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018

My first chocolate ganache was made with a name brand of chocolate chips, ahem morsels, and was nice but not great. Ganache is all about the chocolate and the better quality the chocolate, the tastier your macarons will be. I’ve also learned that some people are either lactose intolerant, or they want to sell their macarons but can’t use any dairy products in the ganache. So, here’s a solution to that – a recipe that contains vegan and non-dairy ingredients. Chocolate and coconut are very compatible flavors and this is one of my favorite ganache recipes.

This original recipe is from the book Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method. 

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The ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil, unsweetened coconut milk, coconut flavor, and Theo Coconut 70% Dark Chocolate

INGREDIENTS:

10 ounces dark chocolate, chopped Theo Coconut 70% Dark Chocolate contains toasted coconut and is recommended
5.46 ounces unsweetened coconut milk [1 small can]
1 Tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1-2 teaspoons coconut flavor or extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

Before opening the can of coconut milk, shake well. Place in a microwave-safe container. Heat until just starting to simmer, approximately one minute. Pour over chocolate. Add virgin coconut oil and let sit for a few minutes as the chocolate melts. Stir to combine.

Add coconut extract or flavor and whisk until fully incorporated. Let cool until thick but not hard.

Scoop into a piping bag.

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Chopped chocolate in a glass bowl
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Pouring the heated coconut milk onto the chocolate pieces
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Gently stir and add the organic virgin coconut oil
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Adding the coconut flavor oil
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Stirring the chocolate coconut ganache — note the chunks of toasted coconut!
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Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Coconut Filling

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Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method ~ Excerpt

(12)swiss (1)By Lisa Maliga, copyright 2018

From the INTRODUCTION

Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method covers the simple techniques you’ll need along with the best type of equipment you should have to bake lovely macarons. You’ll also learn how the weather makes a difference, why you should invest in a digital kitchen scale and oven thermometer. I’ve spent lots of time, money, and hard work to get these recipes right. They are all unique and some are more suited to those who like their macarons sweet and others who enjoy their macarons with a little less sugar and are more classically flavored.

The Swiss method is for any level of baker providing you carefully read each recipe thoroughly along with the helpful suggestions.

When you have the ingredients weighed and sifted, the egg whites separated, and the baking trays lined, it’s time to bake macarons, Swiss style.

Official Description:

Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method

3DBakingSwisscover2This unique cookbook is designed for bakers of all levels. Follow each carefully detailed recipe and bake stunning macarons that will impress any dessert lover.

Helpful information includes the best ingredients and equipment to stock your kitchen, resources, tips and troubleshooting, plus the easy macaronage technique that will save you time and energy.

With a photo of each recipe, Baking Macarons: The Swiss Meringue Method, offers everything you need to bake beautiful and delicious macarons. It features 20+ new tried-and-tested macaron recipes.

Some of the flavors include Minty Chocolate, Speculoos [Cookie Butter], Raspberry Cheesecake, and Apple Spice macarons.

Available at these fine bookstores.

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Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes Recipe Tutorial & Video

Copyright 2017-2018 by Lisa Maliga

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes Recipe Tutorial

For lovers of chocolate and coconut! The virgin coconut oil and organic coconut palm sugar make these cupcakes healthier and more delicious. This recipe is from the book Baking Chocolate Cupcakes and Brownies: A Beginner’s Guide by Lisa Maliga.

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped [3 oz.]
1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons virgin coconut oil [3 oz]
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons [fresh] lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla

Makes 12 cupcakes

Oven temperature: 350 Fahrenheit/177 Celsius

Directions:

Place the chopped chocolate and sifted cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Pour the hot water over the mixture and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate mixture for 20 minutes.

Add hot water to chocolate chunks and cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. The rack should be in the center. Line a standard-size muffin pan with liners.

Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly.

Whisk the virgin coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract into the cooled chocolate. Add the flour mixture and mix until smooth. DON’T OVERMIX!

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake until the cupcakes are set and just firm to the touch, 17 – 19 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and place on the wire rack to cool completely.

 

Coconut Frosting

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
8 ounces butter at room temperature
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons heavy cream
Shredded coconut for sprinkling [optional]

FROSTING DIRECTIONS:
With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Add coconut extract, vanilla and cream.
Mix on low until well blended, and then on medium for another two minutes.
Pipe onto cupcakes and top with a sprinkling of shredded coconut.

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Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe Tutorial & Video

Copyright 2017-2018 by Lisa Maliga

Blue Velvet Cupcakes Recipe Tutorial

Get ready for any holiday or happy event with these delectable blue cupcakes topped with yummy cream cheese frosting. This recipe is from the book Baking Chocolate Cupcakes and Brownies: A Beginner’s Guide by Lisa Maliga.

This recipe has a slightly different color than the one featured in my book as I used another  brand of gel food color. If using AmeriColor food gel, you’ll only need to add several drops rather than an entire bottle of conventional gel coloring. The color of these cupcakes turned out to be turquoise rather than sky blue.

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BLUE VELVET CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
2 cups granulated sugar
8 ounces unsalted room temperature butter
2 Eggs [room temperature]
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder [sifted]
1.5 Tablespoons blue gel food coloring
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Makes 24 cupcakes

Oven temperature: 350 Fahrenheit/177 Celsius

Directions:

In a large bowl cream together the room temperature butter and granulated sugar.
Add the eggs, one at a time.

in a small bowl mix 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and blue food coloring. when thoroughly mixed add to the large bowl and mix well.

Add the flour, salt and buttermilk alternating between the two ingredients so you don’t get any lumps.

In the small bowl, add the baking soda and vinegar. They’ll react together by fizzing up. Add to the large bowl, mixing well.

Scoop into cupcake liners.

Bake on center rack. Rotate pan midway through baking.

Bake for about 25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ or powdered sugar
Dash of fresh lemon juice
Sprinkles for decorating [optional]

FROSTING DIRECTIONS:
Beat softened butter and cream cheese on medium speed for about 3-4 minutes until completely smooth and creamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla with the mixer running. Increase to high speed and beat for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and beat until thick and creamy.

Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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