Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Macarons

November 30, 2018

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Macaron recipe

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Macaron recipe

"I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.” 
― Vincent Van Gogh

These Starry Night macarons are in honour of the famous painter, Vincent Van Gogh. I often refer to baking as an art, and so I was inspired to recreate one of the most well-known paintings in the form of a macaron. Of course, my attempt is still far from the actual painting, but at least it's recognisable? 😂

Since young, I was fascinated with the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his unique style of painting. I learnt about him in primary school, where my teacher let the class listen to the song "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)by Don Mclean. My teacher was explaining to us about the meaning of the song, that it was written as a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh. From then, I discovered what a beautiful soul Van Gogh had, almost too precious for the harsh world. 

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Macaron recipe
“It is good to love many things, 
for therein lies the true strength, 
and whosoever loves much performs much, 
and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
― Vincent Van Gogh

In an interview, Mclean actually explains why he wrote that song about Vincent Van Gogh: “In the autumn of 1970 I had a job singing in the school system, playing my guitar in classrooms,” he says. “I was sitting on the veranda one morning, reading a biography of Van Gogh, and suddenly I knew I had to write a song arguing that he wasn’t crazy. He had an illness and so did his brother Theo.”

Recently, a movie has been made about his life, title "Loving Vincent". It is the world's first fully painted animation feature film, with each frame created in the form of Van Gogh's acrylic style painting. It is one of the most visually captivating films I've watched, and it tells the story of the days leading up to his death. What a chaotic yet heartbreakingly beautiful way he viewed the world. 

"But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you."

by Sumopocky

4 Extra Large Macarons

[For Macaron Shells]
Meringue: 70g of Egg whites + 90g of Castor sugar
80g of Almond flour
80g of Powdered/icing sugar
Food colouring: Black, Yellow, Blue

[For Filling]

[For Macaron Shells]
1. Make the meringue. In a bowl, beat the egg whites on low speed using an electric mixer until it is white and frothy (approximately 1 minute). Gradually add the sugar 1/4 at a time. When the first addition of sugar has completely dissolved (approximately 1 minute later), increase the mixer speed to medium and add until all the sugar has been incorporated. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
2. Sift the almond flour and icing sugar to the meringue.
3. Begin macaronage. Using a spatula, start the macaronage process by folding and lightly scraping the top of the batter. Continue until the wet and dry ingredients just start to become combined. In other words, you can't see traces/clumps of almond flour/icing sugar in the meringue. At this point, the batter should still be quite tacky.
4. Prepare different colours of batter based on the table below with food colouring. Continue the macaronage till you get a molten-like texture, then transfer to piping bags. Use a medium round tip for base batter, and a small round tip for deco batter.

Base Batter
Deco Batter
Top Shell

Yellow, Dark Blue, White, Black
Bottom Shell
Yellow, Dark Blue, White

5. Pipe out batter onto parchment paper. Please refer to video above for demonstration.
6. Let the shells dry in a non humid place or an air conditioned room. You should be able to touch it gently with the tip of your finger without it sticking.
7. Bake in a preheated oven at 150°C for approximately 20 minutes.
8. Let shells cool and pipe with your desired filling. Enjoy~

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night Macaron recipe
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ― Vincent Van Gogh

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