May Summer Party Recipes`

Ingredients

  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Ground Almonds
  • 200g/7oz Icing Sugar
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
  • ½Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Colouring Paste
  • For Chocolate Filling
  • 200g/7oz Dark Chocolate (chopped)
  • 200ml/7floz Cream
  • 15g/½oz butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Brandy (optional

Method

  1. Place the almonds and icing sugar into a food processor and combine for a few seconds. Then, press ingredients through a sieve, discard any left in sieve!
  2. Put the egg whites, pinch of salt and colouring of your choice into a clean dry bowl. Whisk with an electric mixer until ‘peaks’ form. Slowly whisk in the caster sugar and cream of tartar until mixture is smooth and shiny, increase speed as the mixture thickens.
  3. Gently fold the almond and sugar mixture into the liquid until the mixture resembles shaving foam.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a 1cms/½” nozzle. Pipe mixture into 5cms/2” rounds on baking parchment placed on a baking sheet.
  5. If peaks form, dip finger in cold water and gently press down to smooth.
  6. Tap the tin on the table a few times to remove any air, then set aside fir about an hour until macarons are no longer sticky to the touch.
  7. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas 2.
  8. Bake Macarons for about 15 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven and leave for about 5 minutes, then gently transfer to wire tray to cool.
  9. Make the chocolate filling by heating the cream and chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Add the brandy (if used ) and butter, stir until blended. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
  10. Use filling to sandwich the Macarons together then chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.