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    Irish cream coffee macarons

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 30 minutes
    • Cooking time: 40 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

    Makes: 26-30

    Ingredients

    90g icing sugar
    85g ground almonds
    2 egg whites
    1 tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence
    80g caster sugar

    For the filling
    60g unsalted butter, softened
    1½ tbsp Baileys Original Irish Cream
    100g icing sugar, sifted

    Method

    1. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment. Using a high-speed blender, whizz together the icing sugar and almonds (10-15 pulses). Sieve into a medium bowl; combine with 1 egg white (about 35g) and the coffee essence.

    2. Put the caster sugar and 2 tbsp water in a pan; heat to dissolve. Meanwhile, put the remaining 1 egg white in a medium bowl and use electric beaters to whisk on a high speed to soft peaks (1-2 minutes). Once the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat; using a jam thermometer, bring the sugar syrup to 118˚C. As it nears this temperature, resume beating the egg white then, quickly and confidently, add the sugar syrup, while whisking, making sure all the syrup is incorporated. Whisk the mixture until glossy and thick (1-2 minutes). Mix a large spoonful of the whisked egg white through the almond mixture until combined. Gently fold in the remainder. 

    3. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag. Cut the tip off the bag to create a 1cm hole and pipe circles onto your parchment- lined sheets (about the size of a £2 coin – see cook’s tip; you should pipe 52-60 in total). Leave the trays to sit for 20-30 minutes, or until the macarons form a light skin. Preheat the oven to 170˚C, gas mark 3.

    4. Bake the macarons one tray at a time for 12-14 minutes, until it is easy to peel a macaron off the baking parchment. Leave to cool on the baking trays. Meanwhile, to make the filling, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Whisk in the Irish cream, then add the icing sugar a little at a time. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto the base of a macaron shell, then sandwich with a second macaron shell (you can also fill them with a teaspoon).

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    Cook's tip: to help you pipe the macarons, draw around a clean £2 coin using a pencil to create circles on the baking parchment. turn the parchment over on the tray and pipe the mixture until it just fills the circles.

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