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A small green plate is piled high with bright lime green Citrus Hop Macarons. There is a fresh hop flower on the plate, and bits of orange zest visible in the filling of the macarons.
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Hoppy Citrus French Macarons

These may look like your traditional macaron, but the burst of flavour from the hops is anything but traditional!
Don't be too intimidated by the idea of making macarons, just take your time and enjoy the process!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time16 mins
Total Time46 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: French
Servings: 20 Cookies
Calories: 151kcal
Author: Marie Porter

Ingredients

For Meringue Cookies

  • 1 ½ Cups Confectioners / Icing / Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Finely Ground Almonds*
  • 2 tablespoon Finely Ground Hop Leaves** Centennial or Cascade
  • 3 Large Egg Whites
  • 4 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • Green Gel Food Colouring Optional

Orange-Lemon Buttercream Filling

  • ½ Cup Butter Softened
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest About 1 Orange Worth
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest About 1 Lemon Worth
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Juice
  • 1-2 Cups pow

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  • Mix together powdered sugar, ground almond meal, and hop powder. Sift through a wire strainer, discarding any large pieces. set aside.
  • Mix egg whites and sugar in a *very clean* metal mixer bowl. It is very important that not only is the bowl and whisk attachment VERY clean, but that no specks of egg yolk are included with the egg white. The presence of any egg yolk or grease on your bowl or whisk will prevent the egg whites from properly whipping up. This is the only “rule” you really need to be concerned about!
  • Affix your bowl to the mixer, and whip eggs on high until stiff peaks form. The whites will be pillowy, thick, and marshmallowy. When you remove the whisk from the meringue, it should leave a very definite “peak” – if the tip flips over a little, that’s ok. Add a small amount food coloring, if desired, whisk in.
  • Dump bowl of dry ingredients into the meringue. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently stir the mixture until everything is well incorporated and very thick.
  • Once mixture is fairly uniform, beat it until it’s still thick, but oozes a bit. You don’t want to beat it till it’s fully RUNNY, but you’d like it to settle back into place if you remove some and drop it back into the mix. It’s better to under-beat it than to over-beat it.
  • Spoon macaron batter into a pastry / frosting bag with a ¼″ or so opening – whether a metal tip, or just the end cut off the bag.
  • Pipe ~ 1.25″ – 1.5″ rounds onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If the batter isn’t running all over the place, there’s no real worry about placing them close together – I’ll leave an inch or so between the rounds.
  • Pick up the sheet of piped cookies, and rap it against the counter a couple of times to dislodge any air bubbles.
  • Bake cookies for 13-16 minutes, or until they lift easily from the parchment. (Undercooked macarons will stick). Remove from oven, cool to room temperature, and prepare the filling.

For the Filling

  • Whip butter until smooth. Add zests and orange juice and mix until incorporated.
  • Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar a bit at a time, until incorporated completely. If mixture seems too thin, add a bit more powdered sugar, continuing to mix until thick (but spreadable!) and smooth.

To Assemble Macarons

  • Spoon or pipe about a Tablespoon worth of filling onto the flat underside of one cookie.
  • Top with the underside of another cookie. (Rounded sides facing out). Holding cookies by the edge, twist gently to force frosting out almost to the edge.

Notes

* Finely ground almonds may be referred to as almond meal” or “almond flour”, depending on where you find them.
** I like to use a spice / coffee grinder to get dried hop leaves down to a fine powder – even my mini food processor doesn’t work so well, just blowing the leaves around in the bowl. Blitz to a fine powder, then measure.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg