Masala Chai Macarons

06:00 hours. 15th August, 1994
“Sonu, Monu wake up”. (That was and still is our nickname at home ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) “Wake up kids, the parade is going to start soon!” This was the same routine every year where our dad with a child’s enthusiasm would wake us early morning on a holiday to watch the Independence Day parade.

68th Independence Day Parade. Pic Courtesy: NDTV

68th Independence Day Parade.
Pic Courtesy: NDTV

I remember being in awe as I would see members of the Indian Armed Forces marching in perfect rhythm. The TV Channels would screen patriotic movies and those were happy times. We would be treated to some amazing food and of course, desserts. How can a celebration be complete without sweets, may I ask?

A Ladakhi in a traditional attire performs during a full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.  Photo Courtesy: Nissar Ahmad, The Hindu

A Ladakhi in a traditional attire performs during a full dress rehearsal for Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar.
Photo Courtesy: Nissar Ahmad, The Hindu

Balloons in the colour of Inda's National Flag - Tiranga (Tricolour)fill the sky in front of the Red Fort in Delhi.  Photo Courtesy : Ndtv.com

Balloons in the colour of Inda’s National Flag – Tiranga (Tricolour)fill the sky in front of the Red Fort in Delhi.
Photo Courtesy : Ndtv.com

Unlike the rest of my family, I am not a tea-drinker. It is the welcome drink in many households and sometimes the hosts might get offended if you refuse to have tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve had my share of tea rather unwilling many a times with the exception of masala chai.

Image Courtesy: Shikha Nambiar http://yellowturquoise.blogspot.in/

Image Courtesy: Shikha Nambiar
http://yellowturquoise.blogspot.in/

I thoroughly enjoy a good cup of masala chai and there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the spicy tea that leaves my palate mesmerized.
In my endeavor to create something sweet that is inspired heavily from Indian flavors, I’d love to share with you my Masala Chai Macarons.

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Ingredients :

For the pรขtรฉ ร  macaron :
93 g icing sugar, sifted
93 g ground almonds
1 medium free-range egg white
1 tsp Masala Chai Mix (Black Pepper,Dry Ginger,Cassia,Cardamom,Nutmeg,Clove,Black Cardamom)

For the Italian meringue :
1 medium free-range egg white
1 drop lemon juice or 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
93 g caster sugar
1.5 tbsp water
Ivory Food coloring (optional)

Tea Infused Chocolate Ganache :
100ml whipping cream
2 teabags, black tea
100g dark chocolate, ย finely chopped (or white chocolate if you wish)

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3 and line two baking trays with baking paper.

Pรขtรฉ ร  macaron:
In a large bowl, mix the icing sugar, ground almonds, masala chai mix and egg whites to form a paste.

Italian meringue :
Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar(or lemon juice) in a kitchen mixer on a medium speed.

Meanwhile, place the sugar and water in a small pan and cook over a high heat until it has reached 117C/242F or the โ€˜soft ballโ€™ stage. I do not own a thermometer so I just tell when the bubbles are almost the same size, thatโ€™s the stage we are looking to achieve here.

Reduce the speed on the mixer to its lowest setting and pour the sugar syrup from the sides of the bowl onto the firmly whipped egg whites.ย Increase the speed to high and continue to whisk for 1 minute.
Now add the food colouring and whisk again until the meringue is colored uniformly.

Fold the Italian meringue mixture into the pรขtรฉ ร  macaron until it reaches the ribbon stage โ€“ this is when a spoonful of the mixture poured back into the bowl sits like a ribbon on the surface. Do not over-mix or the macaroon will crack when cooked.

Place the mixture in a piping bag fitted with a 8mm/ยผin nozzle.

Pipe on 3cm/1in discs on the baking trays, at least 2cm/ยพin apart. Tap the tray on a work surface to release any air bubbles. Let the macarons rest for 20-30 minutes before baking.

Bake in the oven for eight minutes.As soon as the macaroons form feet open and shut the oven door to release some steam.
After eight minutes remove from the oven and then leave on a cooling rack until completely cold.

Tea infused Chocolate Ganache:
Place the cream in a small pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the tea bags. Rinse the tea bags into the cream quickly so as the cream doesn’t cool down.
Remove the tea bag and strain the cream over the chocolate and whisk in the chocolate until the mixture is smooth.

Spoon about one teaspoon of ganache onto the flat side of a cooled macaroon and top with another macaroon to make a sandwich.
Repeat with the remaining ganache and macaroons and store in a single layer in an airtight container in the fridge.

Masala Chai Macarons

Masala Chai Macarons

We all enjoyed these macarons and I had some friends fighting over these. Well, you are allowed to unleash the child within you onย special occasions. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bon Apetit!

Bon Apetit!

I will be taking these over to Angie’s Fiesta Friday for the celebrations!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

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74 thoughts on “Masala Chai Macarons

  1. Hi Radika – what a lovely memory of your dad waking you up to catch the parade! Happy Independence Day and Happy Fiesta Friday too! I must say that you macarons look absolutely perfect – honestly they look like the ones you get in Ladure – kudos to you! I love that you have flavoured them with Masala Tea spice – very creative indeed. Have a wonderful week!

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    • Hi Selma, thanks for your warm wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚
      This is such a huge compliment as I can only dream of macarons from Ladure, appreciate your lovely words Selma.
      Have a wonderful week to and thanks for doing a wonderful job co-hosting the fiesta friday this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Oh my goodness! I just love chai and who could not love macaroons? You’d better watch meโ€ฆI will be returning to this plate a few times tonight and there just might not be enough for all of the other guestsโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • it’s the best of both in one.. lol
      hehe…no worries dear, I’m sure we have plenty of these and if not, Jhuls and Selma are doing a great job making sure everyone else is comfy.. ๐Ÿ˜€
      so glad you enjoyed these. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank for the follow and I’m so glad you liked them. I won’t be lying when I say that I was scared of them too and i did screw them up a few times initially. But once you get a hang of it, they are so much fun and you can experiment a lot with the fillings. ๐Ÿ˜€
      Looking forward to explore your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. What!? You don’t like tea? Radhiโ€ฆplease, say it ain’t soโ€ฆ:) You do like chai though, so I guess we are good!
    Your macarons must be amazingโ€ฆI have a recipe on my site for chai macarons too, but I do the cheat way and use a chai powder mix in the filling. These are the real deal, love that you steep the tea in the cream to make a flavored ganacheโ€ฆvery cleverโ€ฆI will have to try this method!

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    • lol……yes i love masala chai..but i’m sure if you brewed me a cup of your favorite tea I would adore it to no lengths.. ๐Ÿ˜€
      See, steep is how you say it, i’ve mentioned in my recipe “rinse the tea bags”…humph…i always learn from you.. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wow! do let me know if you improvise or have any suggestions for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Just how many macarons have you tried already? Until now, I am still afraid to try this. I have tried eating some and I should be honest that I didn’t love the flavor. Well, maybe I’d be hooked if I get the right flavor of macarons. But just for curiousity, I’d love to try making them. One day. I amazed with the flavor of your macarons – if others are enjoying their tea, you are enjoying the same flavor with different kind of treat. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for taking these beauties to FF. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Awww.thanks so much Jhuls… I love to experiment with macarons ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Maybe they tend to be quite sweet so you need the perfect kind of filling to balance the sweetness. Maybe you should try Nutella macarons ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Yes it was as much fun making them as I enjoyed eating them:) thanks for stopping by and doing a wonderful job at cohosting tries weekend Jhuls ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. The parade looks absolutely amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! The macaroons look tasty as well. I think it’s cool how you can make macaroons with such a variety of flavors, and tea sounds delicious. Happy Independence Day (and FF). I hope you have a wonderful weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • This time it was my hubby who woke me up at 4am!! to watch the parade. Phew! It was amazing, thanks Kaila.
      Very true, they are so versatile and can be bended to your likes, dislikes easily.
      Thanks so much for the wishes and hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I also have not tried making these delicate macarons yet, but your creation is quite delightful, Radhika! Definitely the first time I’ve seen masala chai flavored macarons. ๐Ÿ™‚

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