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THIS WEEK'S RECEIPE....

MACARONS

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: Approx 10 - 15

 

 

Ingredients:

 

   100g icing sugar

   100g  ground almonds

   2 medium, free-range egg whites

   Small pinch salt

   55g caster or fine sugar

   

For the filling:

   150g unsalted butter, softened

   75 g cup icing sugar

 

Preheat the oven between 140ºC and 160ºC

 

Preparation:

 

Macaron

This recipe is for vanilla colour macaron but if you fancy some colour just add  food colouring (not liquid food colouring, as this will add liquid into the recipe), just add it into the egg whites before whisking.

 

   Sieve the icing sugar, followed by the ground almonds, into a large mixing bowl and carefully mix together.

   In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites and salt until they form soft peaks. Add the caster sugar, at a time and continue to whisk until the whites are very thick and glossy

   Gently stir in the icing sugar and almond mix. The mixture will lose some air and become quite loose.

   Using a piping bag with a 1cm / 1/3" nozzle, fill with the macaron mixture and  pipe small blobs onto the sheet remembering that less is more at this stage because the mixture will settle and form into the allotted spaces.

   Gently tap the baking sheet a few times on the work surface to help the macaron mixture to settle and to break any air bubbles, then leave to dry for 20 minutes - the surface of the macaron will become smooth, shiny and non sticky at the top (dry).

   Bake the macarons in the preheated for 7 - 8 minutes minutes, open the door to release any steam, close the oven door and cook for a further 7 - 8 minutes. The macarons are cooked when they feel firm and are slightly risen.

   Slide the mat or greaseproof paper onto a wire cooling rack and leave to cool completely.

Do not be tempted to remove the macarons from the mat until they are cold or you will break them.

   

 

Filling

   Beat the softened butter until it is fluffy, then gradually beat in the icing sugar. At this point you can beat in any flavourings you may choose.

   Place approx 1/2 a tsp of the filling to the flat side of one macaroon and sandwich together with another then twist ever so slightly to create a bond. Continue with the remaining macaroons.

To have better and chewy results, refrigerate them for 24 hours.

 

                                                                                                                                                                      Source: Elaine Lemm

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