Recipe: Lilo Loves homemade vanilla macaroons

Vanilla Macaroons

You may remember some time ago I tried my hand at making homemade chocolate macaroons, they were such a hit that I have been brave enough to try out this fabulous vanilla recipe. Once again I used my trusty Lakeland professional piping set.

This delicious recipe can be found in the Marks and Spencer book and makes 16. I was so happy with the results, they were so yummy and went down a treat.

Ingredients:

  • 75g ground almonds
  • 115g icing sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 50g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Filling:

  • 55g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 155g icing sugar

Vanilla macaroons on plate

Instructions:

  • Mix the ground almonds, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor for 15 seconds
  • Whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks and gradually whisk in the caster sugar and vanilla extract until you have a firm meringue – if you are feeling brave try the ‘over the head’ test – hold the bowl upside down over your head and if the mixture stays put in the bowl then it’s done!
  • Fold the almond mixture into the meringue, and fold until it forms a shiny batter
  • Line two baking sheets with baking paper (I am not an expert piper so drew circles on the paper to assist me with sizing my macaroons)
  • Add the mixture to a piping bag and pipe 32 rounds onto the baking sheets, tap the sheets onto a work surface to remove air bubbles, leave for 30 minutes.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 160c for 10 minutes. Then cool for 10 minutes before removing from baking sheets
  • For the filling, beat the butter and vanilla extract until fluffy then gradually beat in the icing sugar until smooth and creamy
  • Use to sandwich pairs of macaroons together
  • Enjoy!

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