Recipe

Raspberry macarons

So popular is this delectable French biscuit, that it has its own day on which it is celebrated. March 20 is unofficially 'Macaron Day', and participating bakeries offer customers free samples. With this recipe, you can make your own!

  • 40 mins cooking
  • Makes 16 Item
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Ingredients

Raspberry macarons
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • pink food colouring
  • 1 1/4 cup (200g) icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 cup (120g) ground almonds
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry puree (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon icing (confectioners') sugar, extra
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) pouring cream
  • 150 gram (5 ounces) white eating chocolate, chopped coarsely
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam (conserve), warmed, sieved

Method

Raspberry macarons
  • 1
    Grease oven trays; line with baking paper.
  • 2
    Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add caster sugar and a few drops of colouring, beat until sugar dissolves; transfer mixture to large bowl. Fold in sifted icing sugar, ground almonds and raspberry puree, in two batches.
  • 3
    Spoon mixture into piping bag fitted with 2cm (¾-inch) plain tube. Pipe 4cm (1½-inch) rounds about 2cm (¾ inch) apart onto trays. Tap trays on bench so macarons spread slightly. Dust macarons with extra sifted icing sugar; stand 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 150°C/300°F.
  • 5
    Bake macarons about 20 minutes. Cool on trays.
  • 6
    Bring cream to the boil in small saucepan, remove from heat; add chocolate, stir until smooth. Stir in jam and a few drops of colouring. Refrigerate until spreadable.
  • 7
    Sandwich macaroons with chocolate filling.

Notes

Push 6 fresh or thawed frozen raspberries through a fine sieve to make raspberry puree. Do not use more than one tablespoon or you will change the consistency of the meringue, affecting the result. Do not be tempted to remove macarons from oven trays until completely cool or they will stick. Unfilled macaroons will keep in an airtight container for about a week. Fill macaroons just before serving.

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