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As I’ve been so successful the past few days, I now think I’ve got macarons down! Until the next time I try and they fail miserably XP

Ingredients

1 cup icing sugar
3/4 cup ground almonds
2 medium egg whites, aged if possible.
¼ cup caster  sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla/2  table spoons cocoa *** when adding the flavours, add wet ones like vanilla to the egg white mixture and dry ones like cocoa to icing sugar/ground almonds.

Butter cream filling

3/4 cup icing sugar
about 50 g softened unsalted butter
1 tablespoon milk

Chocolate ganache

100 g chocolate (I like Whittaker’s creamy milk)
1/2 cup cream

Preheat oven to 150°C.
Line baking sheets with baking paper.
Set up your piping bag with a round tip in a tall glass.

1. In a food processor blend the icing sugar and ground almond.
2. Sift the icing sugar/almond mix three times in to a bowl and set aside.
3. Whip egg whites until soft peaks form, then gradually add caster sugar. Keep whipping until glossy with firm peaks.

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P1040362firm and glossy

4. Fold a third of the almond mixture into meringue using cutting and scooping actions. Continue until all the almond mixture is incorporated. This is a crucial step, undermixing will make your macarons peak and crack and overmixing will make it too runny to pipe. You want it to be like lava.

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5. pipe circles onto baking sheets. Once you are done whack the baking sheet on the bench to get rid of air pockets. Leave macarons to sit for 30-40 mins.

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6. Bake for 10-15 mins.

7. Leave the macarons on the baking paper and put on a wire rack.

For the frosting, mix all ingredients together and add colouring if you’d like.

Sandwich macaron halves together. Yay! Done!

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