13:04 Friday 08 November 2013

Tiramisu macaroons

Written byCAROLINE KAY

Tiramasu macaroons Tiramasu macaroons

Makes 20-25 macaroons

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 12-14 minutes

You will need:

For the Italian meringue:

175g caster sugar

1tsp coffee essence

65g egg whites

For the almond paste:

175g ground almonds

175g icing sugar

65g egg whites

For the mascarpone cheese filling:

50g full fat mascarpone

60g double cream

½ tbsp Amaretto

½ tbsp Marsala

1 tbsp espresso, cooled

Decoration:

Amaretti biscuits, crushed

Method:

l Preheat the oven to 135ºC, gas mark 2 and line two baking sheets with parchment

l For the Italian meringue add the sugar, coffee essence and 75ml water in a small saucepan and stir. Place a sugar thermometer in the pan and put over a high heat.

l Once the sugar syrup reaches 110ºC, whisk the egg whites into a froth. When the syrup reaches 114ºC quickly pour the syrup into the egg whites and mix on high setting for 5 minutes until meringue is glossy and holds its shape.

l For the almond paste, combine the ground almonds and icing sugar in a bowl. Add the remaining 65g egg whites and mix with a wooden spoon until a stiff paste has formed.

l Add 1/3 of the meringue to the almond paste and mix well with a wooden spoon. With a spatula, gently fold another 1/3 of the meringue into the paste before very gently adding the remaining meringue.

l Carefully fill piping bags with the mixture and snip a 1-2cm hole from the end. Holding the piping bag directly above the tray, pipe macaroons 4cm in diameter leaving a 2cm gap between each. Put into for 12 minutes.

l If macaroons are very sticky then return to the oven for 2 more minutes. Cool on the trays.

l For the mascarpone cheese filling whisk together the Mascarpone cheese and double cream. Once the mixture is thick, whisk in the Amaretto, Marsala and espresso. Transfer the cream mixture into a piping bag and set aside

l To assemble the macaroons, arrange the macaroon shells in columns, matching the sizes of the shells. Pipe the Mascarpone cheese filling in the centre of the shells and sandwich together.

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