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French Pink Macaroons

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INGREDIENTS

18
  • 3egg whites
  • 2tablespoons caster sugar(Aussie tablespoon is 4 teaspoons)
  • pink food coloring, a few drops
  • 1 14cups icing sugar (do not use icing sugar mixture)
  • 1cup almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 2tablespoons icing sugar, extra
  • White Chocolate ganache

  • 100g white eating chocolate, chopped coarsely
  • 2tablespoons thickened cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. To make the white chocolate ganache- stir the chocolate and the thickened cream in a saucepan over a low heat until smooth.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until the mixture is spreadable.
  3. For the macaroon cookies- Preheat oven to 150°C or 130°C if using a fan-forced oven. Grease oven trays and line them with baking paper.
  4. Ensure mixing bowl is thoroughly clean. Beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  5. Add the sugar and food colouring, beat until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  7. Fold in the sifted icing sugar and almond meal, in two batches.
  8. Spoon the mixture into large piping bag fitted with a 1.5cm plain tube.
  9. Pipe 36 x 4cm rounds, 2cm apart, onto the trays. (keep the circles as uniform as possible as this will make your macaroons look uniform and make pairing easier).
  10. Tap the trays on the bench top to allow macaroons to spread slightly. Dust with sifted icing sugar and allow to stand for 15 minutes.
  11. Bake macaroons about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to stand 10 minutes on the trays before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  12. Sandwich macaroons with the ganache.
  13. Dust with a little sifted icing sugar to serve.
  14. Makes 18.

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