My love of macaroons began in Paris in 2003 when me and Mr Plum got engaged. I love the colour and decadence of nibbling away at a macaroon! Every time we have been back to France I make sure I get a couple! It had never even crossed my mind to make some of my own ....
Then, a couple of years ago I spotted a recipe for 'Salon de the macaroons' in the Mail on Sunday...so I had to give them a try!
My first efforts were a tad frustrating ... the mixture was too runny and spread all over the baking tray, or the macaroons stuck to the greaseproof ... so I left it for a couple of years (!) and then had another go .... here is the recipe:
Macaroons - makes about 20 filled macaroons
120g icing sugar
120g ground almonds (I put in a bit more to thicken up the mixture)
1tbs green tea (I used Earl Grey)
2 medium egg whites at room temperature
30g caster sugar
food colouring (green for the green tea macaroons, purple of the Earl Grey...)
140g unsalted butter
80g icing sugar sifted
finely grated zest of 1/2 a lime (for the green tea ... I used lemon for mine)
1. Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl, add the almonds and stir to blend.
2. Grind the tea in a coffee grinder, sift this onto the mixture and stir it in.
3. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with the salt until they appear foamy and then sprinkle on the caster sugar whisking each addition until they form medium soft peaks.
4. Stir the almond mixture onto the egg whites in two goes, then colour the mixture with a drop of food colouring.
5. Line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper and drop level teaspoons of the mixture onto the sheets in little mounds. Leave for 2 hours uncovered - the macaroons form a skin.
6. Pre heat the oven to gas mark 2.
7. Dust the macaroons with icing sugar and bake for 20 minutes.
8. Leave the macaroons to cool and then remove from the baking tray using a spatula.
9. To make the filling, beat the butter until light and fluffy then add the icing sugar and a drop of food colour if you want. Pipe or spread onto the macaroons and sandwich together.
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