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Mrs Mac’s Macaroons

Hello everyone!  I thought, as it is such a foul day, that I would show you how to make Macaroons…a lovely colourful cake-like treat.  Yummy!

You will need:
– 125g ground almonds
– 200g icing sugar
– 3 free-range egg whites
– 2 tbsp caster sugar
– ½ tsp cream of tartar
– pinch of powdered food colouring

For the chocolate filling:
– 200g dark chocolate, chopped
– 200ml double cream
– 15g unsalted butter

1.Put almonds and icing sugar in a food processor.

2.Slowly whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff peaks. Slowly whisk in the cream of tartar and caster sugar.

3.Put in the food colouring (any colour you want!) and almond/icing sugar mix.

4.With a pining bag, pipe 5cm circles onto the baking tray. Set aside for 60 minutes

5.Preheat the oven to 160C/315F/Gas 2½. Bake the macaroons in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully peel away the greaseproof paper.

6.For the chocolate filling, heat the double cream and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the butter and stir until smooth, then take off and leave to cool completely.

7.Use the filling to sandwich the macaroons together then out in the fridge for 30 minutes.

And voila – Mrs MacCready’s Macaroons!