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Matcha and lemon vegan macarons

So these macarons like any other 'traditional' macaron take a looooong time to make but we promise if you persevere they are well worth all of your time, care and attention you put into creating them! Happy baking.

For the shells
140g ground almonds
250g aquafaba
1tsp of Terrific Tea matcha
140g ground icing sugar
140g ground caster sugar
Pinch of salt
1tsp cream of tartar

For the filling
120g Vitalite
60g icing sugar
The juice of half a lemon

How to
Gently simmer the aquafaba (chickpea water) until it has reduced down to 100g and refrigerate overnight, don't leave out this step as the resting and cooling time is essential to create the perfect consistency in place of the egg whites.

To make the shells whisk the aquafaba, cream of tartar and salt until it resembles whisked egg whites. Slowly mix in the caster sugar a little at a time and after a few minutes you will have what looks like meringue. Add in half of the ground almonds and half of the icing sugar into the mixture and fold gently until it is all mixed through. Add the remaining icing sugar and ground almonds and matcha then mix again. Next fill a piping bag with the mixture and onto a lined baking tray pipe small circles, leave the macarons to rest for a few hours before baking.

Preheat your oven to 120° and bake the macarons for approx 30 minutes (remember to keep an eye on them and adjust timings accordingly). Remember not to open the oven door when they are cooking. Once 30 minutes is up turn off the heat and leave the macarons in the oven for another 10 minutes without opening the door. After 10 minutes, open the oven door slightly and leave the macarons in the oven with the door open for a further 10 minutes. Now remove them from the oven and leave to cool thoroughly.
   
For the filling whisk together the vegan butter, icing sugar and lemon juice until fluffy and then transfer into a clean piping bag. Pipe a circle of buttercream around the bottom of each macaron shell and sandwich together with another macaron shell and repeat the process until all of your shells have been constructed. Sprinkle with a dusting of matcha powder and lemon zest, sit back and enjoy all of your hard work! It will be worth it we promise you.

Top tip: Try adding different coloured food gels to the macaron mix, go wild and experiment with different colour combinations.


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