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Matcha Choux Turtles (with a video!)

March 27, 2017 | 7 comments

Ever since the tortoise and the rabbit, I’ve loved all slow moving creatures. In fact I like to think of myself as an oversized sloth, which makes for a way too easy excuse about why my calculus homework isn’t finished yet (to be real though, calculus takes legit takes forever) and my webassign only has two questions done.

Speaking of webassign, there’s this ever elusive checkmark that WON’T APPEAR ON MY SCREEN. I’m fully convinced that webassign is just programmed not to accept my answer with code that looks something like this:

if (user == Anne) {
system.out.println(“Your answer is off by a multiple of ten”);

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Of course, it would probably not be in Java but honestly! This obviously leads to a nervous breakdown, which then leads to a LOT of chocolate being eaten, and eventually, myself saying be a sloth. Because as shown in Zootopia, it would’ve taken sloths forever. But they’re still ok right? Slow is the way. Frustration is the bad ray.

So obviously, I had to make matcha choux turtles (pronounced SHOOO TURTLES!) to honor one of my favorite slow animals. And then of course, I had to eat them. My mom was quite appalled when she came home and saw that I had indeed, not done what she had asked, even though I said I had. The conversation proceeded something like this:

Me: How was work?
Mom: I thought I told you to make lunch.
Me: I did, I made turtles.
Mom: That’s not lunch.
Me: They’re delicious though! Plus, they have all sorts of antioxidants from the matcha and a bunch of protein from the eggs!

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By the end of the conversation, I was just sprouting out random facts that I thought were right but weren’t actually (?). In any case, I left and when I came back, there were no turtles left. This is totally understandable, as these turtles have no internal organs (so they’re lighter than air), wonderfully crisp on top (from the gorgeous green matcha!), and slightly sweet. A lovely snack (or lunch…)!

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Now slightly off topic, but I was wandering around Wikipedia last night (because that’s what normal stressed high school students do duh) and discovered the relation between metric system of units (i.e. the grams/kilometers that the americans absolutely refuse to adopt) and the painting depicting the Death of Marat. Apparently, Lagrange was the one who helped invent the metric system while he was in France, but he also worked for the king of Prussia, as per recommendation of Euler. Then Lagrange moved to France where he was exempt from a beheading as per recommendation from Lavoisier even though Lavoisier was already committed to be beheaded by Marat who was assassinated in his bathtub and became the subject of the uber famous painting called The Death of Marat. So yeah. Um in case you ever wanted to know?

Or maybe you would rather not think about that while eating these turtles? Think about their lack of internal organs instead.

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I’M KIDDING. (or not).

But now totally back on topic, GUYS I MADE A VIDEO! Now if you know me, I’m super scared and insecure about myself being in front of the camera or being heard on camera which basically just results in a lot of ducking, suppressed laughter, and angry peers and teachers (coughs like in France coughs) so instead I kinda just make a BuzzFeed-esque video that only shows you how to assemble it (aka the only complicated part). Also does anyone else find that these videos are resemblances of how short our attention spans have gotten? Mine is pretty much evidenced by the complete incoherence of this post.


If you’re still reading,

watch the video and go make these adorable (but slightly creepy) turtles!!! Or make the turtles while watching the video. Or skip watching the video 😐

Matcha Choux Turtles


For the choux pastry

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 7 eggs
  • almonds sesame seeds or small chocolate chips

For the matcha craquelin

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp matcha
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar


For the choux pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and the milk. Wait until the mixture starts to boil and the butter has completely melted, then dump in all the flour. Mix on the heat until the mixture holds together in a ball and the bottom of the pan forms a thin skin.
  3. Remove from the heat and transfer to another dish. Let cool for ~5 minutes before whisking each egg in one at a time, as thoroughly as possible.
  4. Pipe a large ~1 in diameter circle, then a smaller circle (about 1/2 inch) right next to it and touching. Stick almonds in the larger circle for the feet and add two sesame seeds/chocolate chips on the smaller circle for the eyes. Place a small circle of the craquelin on the larger circle for the shell.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until light brown, but still green, and very puffy.

For the matcha craquelin

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until a smooth, moldable paste forms. Shape into small 1cm in diameter spheres and flatten into around 1 inch before putting it on the turtle for the shell.


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  1. Hira on

    March 27, 2017 at 6:46 pm says

    Oh my goodness! Anne, these looks adorable! You are so creative, and the video is awesome! Also, webassign is actually the worst thing about calculus. I can do FRQs and MC, but when I get a webassign I somehow forget how to do calculus. πŸ™‚

    • Anne on

      March 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm says

      Thank you!!! Lol you have it for calculus too? that would be 100% horror! We have it for chemistry and doing it basically consists of me ripping my hair out. It’s surprising I have any left πŸ˜›

      • Hira on

        April 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm says

        Yes! We have a webassign for each chapter, BUT this week we did our last couple!! I am so glad that I didn’t have it for AP chem last year. That sounds truly terrible, but I’m sure you’re doing AMAZING!

  2. Christine on

    March 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm says

    These are so cute! I love the video.
    On the bright side, you have less than 9 weeks left of your calc and chem classes. πŸ™‚

    • Anne on

      March 30, 2017 at 10:37 pm says

      Thanks Christine! And yes, I agree but before that are AP exams. helppppp…

  3. Sabrina on

    April 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm says

    Omg, these are incredibly cute!

  4. Lynn | The Road to Honey on

    May 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm says

    These choux turtles are the cutest Anne. I just love that Matcha Craqueline top too. . .it really gives them such a show stopping appearance. I think I might have to try this myself.

    P.S. I think your mom was secretly proud of you for making these “SHOOO TURTLES”. They disappeared after all. πŸ™‚



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