So after trying a macaroon (so that I knew what they should taste like) I enjoyed them enough to want to make them. It took me three recipes before I was happy with the end result. Others I tried would crumble too easily, so would be very messy to eat.
These ones were perfect, very simple to make, easy to eat.
These macaroons seriously are easy to make, the hardest part is the piping to get them similar in size, but with practice that gets easier and easier. I like to make small ones, so I use a 1.5cm plain tube and make 3cm rounds, but feel free to make larger ones. You can also use a pencil to draw circles on the baking paper, to help with piping, just but the pencil side down on the baking tray so you don't get pencil on your macaroon.
I haven't mastered getting them flat like the shops do, mine have a small peak on them, but no one that has tried them cares about that.
Also when baking I bake one tray at a time in the centre of the oven, the macaroons that sit for more than 30 minutes before baking are just fine, they turn out perfect.
The actual recipe is with a Limoncello filling, while other recipes I have tried using lemon curd. So I will give you either option as your filling.
3 egg whites
55g caster sugar
Yellow food colouring
200g icing sugar
120g ground almonds
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon icing sugar, extra
60ml pouring cream
150g white chocolate, chopped coarsely
4 teaspoons Limoncello liqueur
Lemon Curd Filling-you can make this 2-3 days before needed
If you are going to fill the macaroons with a lemon curd filling you need to make it at least the day before, but you can make it a few days earlier. Refrigerate, until needed.
Grease two oven trays, line with baking paper.
Beat egg whites in a small bowl of an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the caster sugar and a few drops of colouring, beat until the sugar dissolves. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Fold in sifted icing sugar, ground almonds and lemon rind, in two batches.
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 2cm plain tube. Pipe 4cm rounds about 2cm apart onto the prepared trays. Pick up the trays and drop them flat on the table (carefully) to allow the macaroons to spread slightly. I do this 2-3 times.
Dust macaroons with extra sifted icing sugar. Stand 30 minutes.
Sandwich macaroons with either the lemon curd or the Limoncello filling.
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