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  1. Italian Macaroons

    April 21, 2013 by sarah

    Unlike the fickle French macaron, these are a breeze to make and the cracks and other imperfections that plague their french counterparts are all part of the character of these. These biscuits are a chewier version of amaretti. Recipe from Christmas edition (Dec 2012) of Country Living.

    Makes 30-40 macarons

    350g caster sugar

    250g ground almonds

    40g plain flour

    4 large egg whites

    few drops almond essence and zest of 1 lemon

    Heat the oven to 180 oC. Line lots of baking sheets with parchment.

    Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks but not stiff or dry. Add the almond essence and lemon zest.

    Add a spoonful at a time the mixed dry ingredients until it forms a soft mixture and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Form teaspoons of the mixture into balls in you hand and gently press onto the baking sheets. Sprinkle with another tablespoon of sugar.

    Bake for 15 minutes until gold brown and lift of the parchment easily. Turn off the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before cooking on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.