Re-create memories of Paris opulence with these melt-in-the-mouth macaroons. You can adapt them to make almond chocolate and vanilla flavours, too!
250g/9oz icing sugar
2 egg whites
FOR THE FILLING
100g/4oz low-fat soft cheese
25g/1oz dark 70% cocoa chocolate
Whizz the pistachios and 25g of the icing sugar in a food processor until fine. Mix with 175g more icing sugar in a large bowl. Whisk the egg whites until stiff, add the remaining 50g icing sugar and whisk again until thick and glossy. Fold into the nut mix. Spoon into a piping bag with a 1cm nozzle and pipe out 10p-coin-size blobs of mixture, well spaced. Poke any pointy tops down with a wet finger. If you don’t have a piping bag, just snip the end off a sandwich bag and use that instead.
Leave to dry for 30 mins, then bake for 12- 15 mins until risen. Cool on the paper. Beat the cream cheese with the chocolate and use to sandwich the macaroons together. Will keep for 1 day filled, or up to 3 days unfilled, stored in an airtight container.
71 kcalories, protein 2g, carbohydrate 10g, fat 3g, saturated fat 1g, fibre none, sugar 10g, salt 0.05g