Makes 16
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For the macarons:

For the lemon curd:

  1. Line two baking trays with non-stick parchment paper. Place the ground almonds and icing sugar into a food processor and blend for 15 seconds. Sieve the mixture into a large bowl.
  2. Separate the egg whites and discard the yolks. Pour the egg whites into a large, grease-free mixing bowl. Whisk until it forms soft peaks.
  3. Gradually add in the caster sugar, a tablespoon at a time. Whisk until it forms a stiff peaks. The meringue should be firm and glossy. Whisk in the vanilla.
  4. Using a spatula, fold in the almond mix one-third at a time. When all the dry mix is thoroughly incorporated, continue to cut and fold the mix until it forms a shiny batter with a thick, ribbon-like consistency.
  5. Pour the mix into a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle. Pipe 32 rounds onto the prepared tray.
  6. Tap the tray onto the counter to remove any air bubbles. Leave to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 160 ̊C/140 ̊C fan/gas 3.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes and then carefully peel the macarons off the baking paper. Leave to cool fully.
  9. For the lemon curd, combine the lemon juice and zest, sugar and butter in a pot over a low heat. Heat until the butter has melted.
  10. Whisk in the beaten egg and turn the heat to medium. Whisk continuously until it comes to a boil.
  11. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  12. Once the mix is made, fold through 1-2 drops yellow food colouring. Pipe onto the tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool fully.
  13. Spoon the curd into a piping bag and snip a small hole in the end of the bag. Pipe a swirl of curd onto one of the macarons and sandwich together with another. Repeat until all are sandwiched.

Nutrition Facts

Per macaron (per serving): 156kcals, 6.3g fat (2.3g saturated), 24.1g carbs (23.1g sugars), 2.5g protein, 0.7g fibre, 0.36g sodium