Papaya Macarons

Papaya Macarons

June: National Papaya Month

Islander’s Daddy is like “Princess Pupule,” the muse of the tacky tourist Hawaiian song of the same title, when his papaya trees bear a lot of fruit. Listen to the first few lines of the lyrics:

Princess Pupule has plenty papayas

She loves to give them away

And all of the neighbors they say

Oh me-ya oh my-ya you really should try-ya

A little piece of the Princess Pupule’s papayas…..

Yes, the sensually suggestive song sounds so  pupule (crazy)!

Daddy had planted two papaya trees in the front yard (he once had a tall one growing on the other side of the house but that got uprooted during a hurricane). They produce “plenty papayas” when in season so he is generous when sharing them with the neighbors, co-workers and friends—which is a good thing because Islander, her brother Kahuna and Mommy just get sick of eating the fruit for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacktime every single summer day!!!


Now that Islander lives on the mainland, she misses the fresh fruits from the variety of trees growing on the grounds of her childhood home in Hawaii.

National Papaya Month gave her an opportunity to make macarons with a fruity flavor (also the theme of MacAttack challenge #20). So Islander puréed papaya to make a tropical-tasting buttercream and placed dried papaya pieces in the filling between basic macaron shells.  These papaya macarons are deliciously unique and exotic. But since there are only Highlander and Islander in the house right now, like “Princess Pupule,” we have “plenty papaya” macarons and we like to give them away to share our aloha!


For the basic macarons (Italian meringue method)

  • 1 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 egg whites (fresh, unpasteurized and aged overnight at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar (we used C&H brand, granulated white)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (we used Hawaiian Vanilla Company brand)
  • orange and yellow food coloring (we used Wilton brand orange concentrated gel icing color and AmeriColor brand yellow soft gel paste)


Sift the almond flour/meal with the powdered sugar. Grind in a food processor in batches to remove any lumps (optional). Whip the egg whites until peaks form. Make a simple syrup to stabilize the egg whites by boiling the sugar and water together until it reaches a temperature of 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer (or until it reaches a soft ball stage).

Papaya Macarons

Pour into the egg whites and whip again until stiff and glossy. Mix in the vanilla. Fold in the almond flour/meal-sugar until the consistency “flows like magma.”

Papaya Macarons

Tint the macaronage with orange and yellow to make a “papaya” shade. Pipe one-inch discs on a parchment paper on top of an insulated baking sheet. Let the discs air dry to develop a thin skin for at least 30 minutes.

Papaya Macarons

Bake in a preheated oven at 300 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes. Watch the “feet” develop, but be careful not to brown or burn the macarons. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Peel off the macarons from the parchment paper. Sort by size and match pairs. Make the papaya purée buttercream filling.

Papaya Macarons

For the papaya purée buttercream

  • 2 tablespoons papaya puree
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • dried papaya chunks, chopped into ¼-inch bits


Slice a papaya in half and reserve the seeds for another recipe. Scoop out the fruit into a blender and purée the papaya (alternatively, if the fruit is soft and ripe, mash into a strainer over a container). In a mixing bowl, cream the butter with a pinch of salt. Gradually blend in the powdered sugar until well combined and fluffy.

Papaya Macarons

Mix in a tablespoon at a time the papaya purée. Add a little more powdered sugar to the mix to reach a spreadable consistency. Refrigerate if necessary to firm up the filling. Meanwhile, chop up the dried papaya chunks into tiny bits, about ¼ inch.

Papaya Macarons

Put the filling in a pastry bag outfitted with a large round tip. Pipe out the filling on the underside of one macaron shell. Gently press dried papaya pieces on the filling and sandwich the macarons together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the filling set. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Papaya Macarons


  • We might sound biased, but Hawaiian papayas are much sweeter and more flavorful than all the other varieties of papayas we have tasted!
  • Read historical notes about the song, “Princess Pupule,” and see more lyrics from the Square One website.
  • The sample of the song above is from the Maile Serenaders’ “Let’s Hula” compact disc.
  • Save the seeds! Make a salad dressing. See our blog recipe post for Papaya Seed Dressing.
  • June is also National Mango Month. See our blog recipe post for Mango Cake inspired by another Hawaiian song, “Drop, Baby, Drop.”
  • Mahalo (thank you) to Mommy for taking pictures of Daddy’s papaya trees and fruits.
  • Mahalo to Lisa L. for the vanilla from the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Mahalo to Jamie S. and Deeba R. for hosting this month’s MacAttack challenge. See all the “fruits of our labor” and more macarons contributed by talented chefs on their MacTweets blog.