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colourful macaroons

Macaroons by Silver Spoon

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About the bake

Delicate Macaroons make an ideal gift to share with your loved ones. Wrap them beautifully in cellophane with a ribbon and they would also make perfect wedding favours.   Once you have mastered the macaroons you can experiment with a whole host of flavours, Harry and Meghan chose to serve Champagne and Pistachio macaroons at their Royal Wedding which we think sounds delicious.

110Total Time
25Prep Time
45Bake Time
40Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat oven to 160°C (140°C fan, gas mark 3). Line three baking sheets with baking parchment.

  2. Step 2:

    Sift icing sugar and almonds into a bowl, discarding any large almond pieces that remain in the sieve.

  3. Step 3:

    Whisk egg white until they hold soft peaks. Slowly whisk in caster sugar until thick and glossy.

  4. Step 4:

    Using a metal spoon, add half the almond mixture to the meringue and fold gently together. Add remaining almond mixture and stir to combine.

  5. Step 5:

    Divide the mixture between three separate bowls. Add colouring and flavouring to each bowl a drop at a time until the correct colour and flavour is achieved (about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp). Pink food colouring and strawberry extract in one. Brown food colouring and chocolate extract in another. The mixture will be shiny and thick.

  6. Step 6:

    Spoon into three separate piping bags fitted with 1 cm (1/2in) plain nozzles. Pipe approximately 2cm (3/4in) rounds on to the lined baking sheets.

  7. Step 7:

    Tap the baking sheets on the work surface and allow meringues to stand for 5 - 10 minutes until a skin has formed. Put one sheet just below the centre of the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining sheets.

  8. Step 8:

    To make the filling, cream butter and icing sugar together until smooth. divide among three bowls. Add vanilla extract to one bowl, a strawberry jam to another and chocolate spread to the remaining. Mix the buttercream in each separate bowl until blended.

  9. Step 9:

    Remove meringues from the oven and cool. Sandwich together using buttercreams. 

Ingredients

  • For the Macaroons

    • 150g Icing sugar
    • 150g Ground almonds
    • 3 Egg white(s) (free range, medium)
    • 75g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • A few drops Food colouring gel (pink, brown)
    • A few drops Strawberry flavouring
    • A few drops Nielsen-massey chocolate extract
    • 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the Vanilla Filling

    • 150g Butter (unsalted, softened)
    • 100g Icing sugar (sifted)
    • 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the Strawberry Filling

    • 2 tbsp Strawberry jam
  • For the Chocolate Filling

    • 2 tbsp Chocolate spread

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