Vanilla macarons

vanilla macarons

Makes 16

For the macarons:

75g ground almonds

115g icing sugar
2 large eggs
50g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream:

120g icing sugar
60g Kerrygold unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

  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. In a large bowl, beat together beat together all of the ingredients for the buttercream until smooth. If the mix is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons of boiling water to loosen.
  10. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and snip a small hole in the end of the bag. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto one of the macarons and sandwich with another. Repeat until all are sandwiched.

Per macaron (per serving) 134kcals, 6g fat (2.3g saturated), 19.2g carbs (18.1g sugars), 1.8g protein, 0.6g fibre, 0.031g sodium