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This is probably the best recipe I’ve come across and of course it’s from world renowned pastry chef Pierre Hermé. The macaron shells came out absolutely perfect, it has that crispy outer shell and slightly chewy inside. I’ve attempted to make macarons several times before, and apart from a one off success and using Zumbo’s premix pack, nothing came close to the consistency I was after. Finally found the perfect recipe and while although the shells are flavourless, the filling packs a fruity punch with the lychee flavour coming through. A lovely summer treat.

Lychee & White Chocolate Macarons (adapted from Pierre Herme’s book Macarons)
Makes: 72 Macarons (Around 144 shells)
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Passive Time: 2 hours + 24 hours

Ingredients
Macaron Shells
300g Ground Almonds
300g Icing Sugar
110g Liquefied Egg Whites (See note below)
300g Caster Sugar
75g Mineral Water
110g Liquefied Egg Whites (See note below)
4g Strawberry Food Colouring (Optional)
4g Carmine Red Food Colouring (Optional)

Lychee & White Chocolate Ganache
410g White Chocolate
400g Lychees (Preserved in Syrup)/240g Lychee Purée
60g Liquid Crème Fraîche or Whipping Cream (35% Fat)

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Method
Lychee & White Chocolate Ganache
1. Drain the lychees and blend, then strain the lychees to obtain a smooth purée. You will need 240g purée.
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2. Chop up the white chocolate so that it can melt more quickly and then place in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

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3. In a separate saucepan, bring the cream and lychee puree to the boil.

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4. Pour the lychee mixture over the melted chocolate a third at a time. However, with the last third, check if the chocolate mixture is thick enough because if your puree is quite runny already you won’t be able to pipe the ganache properly but also note the ganache will thicken when cooled as well.

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5. Once mixed together, pour the ganache into a bowl and then cover with clingfilm, making sure that the clingfilm touches the surface of the ganache so a skin doesn’t form. Set aside in the fridge for the ganache to thicken.

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Macaron Shells
1. Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds in a large sized bowl.

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2. If you wanted to add food colouring, you would add this to your first portion of liquefied egg whites. Pour the egg white mixture over the icing sugar and ground almonds but don’t stir it.

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3. Combine the water and caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil and when the syrup reaches 115°C, simultaneously start whisking the second portion of liquefied egg whites in a stand mixer to soft peaks.

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4. When the sugar mixture reaches 118°C, take off from the heat and slowly pour into the egg whites making sure the egg whites are still being whisked to avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk the mixture until the meringue cools down to 50°C.
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5. Fold the meringue into the icing sugar/ground almonds mixture. Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle.

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6. Pipe the batter into circles around 3.5cm in diameter. Space these around 2cm apart on lined baking trays. Leave the shells to stand for at least 30 minutes or until they form a skin. You should be able to touch the shell without the batter sticking to you.

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7. Preheat the fan oven to 180°C then put the trays in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes, quickly opening and shutting the door two times during cooking. Once down, take out of the oven and slide the shells onto a work surface and allow to cool.

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Assembly
1. Once the ganache has cooled, spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle. Pipe a mound of ganache onto half of the shells. Then press together the piped shell with the clean shell. Store the macarons in the fridge for 24 hours and bring back out at the point of serving.

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Lychee & White Chocolate Macarons
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The lychee flavour comes through so well, and matched perfectly with the white chocolate. The macaron shells are crispy, and slightly chewy making for a fantastic macaron.
Servings Prep Time
72Macarons 1Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 26Hours
Servings Prep Time
72Macarons 1Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 26Hours
Lychee & White Chocolate Macarons
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Votes: 6
Rating: 4
You:
Rate this recipe!
The lychee flavour comes through so well, and matched perfectly with the white chocolate. The macaron shells are crispy, and slightly chewy making for a fantastic macaron.
Servings Prep Time
72Macarons 1Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 26Hours
Servings Prep Time
72Macarons 1Hour
Cook Time Passive Time
25Minutes 26Hours
Ingredients
Macaron Shells
  • 300g Ground Almonds
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Liquefied Egg WhitesSee note below
  • 300g Caster Sugar
  • 75g Mineral Water
  • 110g Liquefied Egg WhitesSee note below
  • 4g Strawberry Food ColouringOptional
  • 4g Carmine Red Food ColouringOptional
Lychee & White Chocolate Ganache
  • 410g White Chocolate
  • 400g Lychees (Preserved in Syrup)(400g Lychees in Syrup = 240g Lychee Puree)
  • 60g Liquid Crème Fraîcheor Whipping Cream (35% Fat)
Servings: Macarons
Units:
Instructions
Lychee & White Chocolate Ganache
  1. Drain the lychees and blend, then strain the lychees to obtain a smooth purée. You will need 240g purée.
  2. Chop up the white chocolate so that it can melt more quickly and then place in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
  3. In a separate saucepan, bring the cream and lychee puree to the boil.
  4. Pour the lychee mixture over the melted chocolate a third at a time. However, with the last third, check if the chocolate mixture is thick enough because if your puree is quite runny already you won't be able to pipe the ganache properly but also note the ganache will thicken when cooled as well.
  5. Once mixed together, pour the ganache into a bowl and then cover with clingfilm, making sure that the clingfilm touches the surface of the ganache so a skin doesn't form. Set aside in the fridge for the ganache to thicken.
Macaron Shells
  1. Sift the icing sugar and ground almonds in a large sized bowl.
  2. If you wanted to add food colouring, you would add this to your first portion of liquefied egg whites. Pour the egg white mixture over the icing sugar and ground almonds but don't stir it.
  3. Combine the water and caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil and when the syrup reaches 115°C, simultaneously start whisking the second portion of liquefied egg whites in a stand mixer to soft peaks.
  4. When the sugar mixture reaches 118°C, take off from the heat and slowly pour into the egg whites making sure the egg whites are still being whisked to avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk the mixture until the meringue cools down to 50°C.
  5. Fold the meringue into the icing sugar/ground almonds mixture. Spoon the batter into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle.
  6. Pipe the batter into circles around 3.5cm in diameter. Space these around 2cm apart on lined baking trays. Leave the shells to stand for at least 30 minutes or until they form a skin. You should be able to touch the shell without the batter sticking to you.
  7. Preheat the fan oven to 180°C then put the trays in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes, quickly opening and shutting the door two times during cooking. Once down, take out of the oven and slide the shells onto a work surface and allow to cool.
Assembly
  1. Once the ganache has cooled, spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle. Pipe a mound of ganache onto half of the shells. Then press together the piped shell with the clean shell. Store the macarons in the fridge for 24 hours and bring back out at the point of serving.
Recipe Notes

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  • Liquefied Egg Whites are egg whites left in the fridge for several days or a week which allows the egg whites to become less elastic.
  • Depending on your lychees, you may find that the the amount of puree is quite runny and you may not be able to pipe the ganache. So I'd recommend adding the lychee/cream mixture in a bit at a time and the ganache mixture should be a bit thick already. I had to add around 150g extra of white chocolate to get the right consistency for my ganache.
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Marche de la Villette was recommended by my sister because of their soupe à l’oignon (aka French Onion Soup) so we had to give it a try. Located in Old Montreal, this eatery is super popular. We travelled down to Old Montreal twice on our visit and even in the late afternoon, there was not a spare seat in sight. Having a little patience, we found a table.

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Their French Onion Soup comes in this cute bowl, with the cheese oozing on the sides. The soup itself is rich and creamy, and very flavourful. I’m not fond of very creamy soups but sharing amongst the three of us it was just enough to go around.

We also ordered the Quiche Lorraine, the pastry is nice (although harder than I’m used to) but the filling was moist.

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Keeping it a bit light, we also ordered Pate Sandwich, being in Montreal and all I had to order it. Coming in a baguette roll, the pate was delicious although I’d prefer if the bread was warm or toasted as it was a chilly day on our visit.

Impressions

To be honest, it wasn’t amazing but above average I would say but it definitely a lovely dining experience in Old Montreal.

Marché de la Villette (Menu)
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We came across Baguette & Cie along our way back to the hotel on our last day in Quebec City. It was absolutely freezing that day, wind chill and even flurries. As we were a little bit famished we saw this cozy looking bakery, what actually attracted us to this place other than it being conveniently just minutes away from our hotel was that it sold hot soup. Soup on a blistering cold day is all you would ever want and is it ever so satisfying.

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Their Clam Chowder is creamy and yet still smooth to the taste and has a lovely aroma to it. Flavour-wise it’s delicate balance of ingredients makes it the perfect winters meal. The only thing I guess I would have liked is if the bread was toasted/warmed just a tad.

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If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, the Vegetable Soup also has amazing flavours. The chunky vegetables make it a pretty satisfying meal or snack (if you prefer).

Impressions

Baguette & Cie not only serve soup but of course bread as well and in addition they offer muffins and pastries, hot drinks, sandwiches and desserts plus their apparently renowned chilli! I’d definitely recommend stopping by.

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Baguette & Cie
217 rue Saint-Paul
Quebec QC G1K9K9

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Café Buade was our first meal in Quebec City, after arriving by train from Montreal. Already lunch time, the Old Quebec City was packed full of people and tourists (like me!), we finally found a restaurant that looked quaint and food that was reasonably priced.

Service here was great actually, and even though they do speak in French initially (of course), they do respond in English without much hesitation. Probably because it’s a tourist hotspot, but it puts us at ease nonetheless.

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Impressions

Overall, our dining experience at Café Buade can be summed up with just a few words. Very average. From our meals, I couldn’t think of any highlights or anything that stood out in anyway, other than that you’d get a decent feed here. If you’re here for a limited time, like we were, I’d probably suggest finding another restaurant to dine at.

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Café Buade (Menu)
31 Rue Buade
Quebec City QC G1R

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From our hotel on a mission to find somewhere good to eat, we somehow ended up in front of Eggspectation. As their name suggests, eggs are their specialty and they have quite a diverse selection of dishes to choose from even beyond just eggs of course. Such as sandwiches, salads and burgers for breakfast and lunch. Somehow when we decided on our breakfast meals, we all ended up ordering almost the same dishes with slight variations.

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The Veggie Omelette looked great, and has wonderful flavour from the mushrooms, spinach and onion. It’s served with Lyonnaise style potatoes which is a French originated dish with pan fried thinly sliced potatoes. I found the potatoes to be warm but not hot that seemed to possibly have been left on the plate waiting for omelettes to be cooked.

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I love how most North American restaurants allow you to choose how the eggs are cooked. I find it quite scarce in Melbourne to find a place like that as it’s usually just offered as scrambled. The Eggspectation’s The Classic comes with two (any-style) eggs with the Lyonnaise potatoes and a choice of bacon, sausages or ham and served with baked beans and toast. As pictured, we ordered the sausages and they are quite stock standard sausages. Scrambled eggs were moist but needed a bit of salt and pepper to give it life. Otherwise, I’d say it was a decent meal.

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Being in Montreal, you have to try their famous Montreal Smoked Meat, so we ordered the Montrealer which comes with your choice of two (any-style) eggs, the famous smoked meat, pickles, toast and fruit and of course potatoes which were noted as french fries but they came out similar to the Lyonnaise potatoes served in the other two dishes (*shrugs*). I found the smoked meat to be fantastic, along with the oozy poached eggs that just need a sprinkling of black pepper. Again the potatoes were a bit cold, but other than that it was a great meal.

Impressions

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Eggspectation
1313 Boulevard De Maisonneuve West
Montreal QC H3G

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