We did bake two batches of macaroons this week; pina colada and margarita flavoured. I was able to repair the mixer and get back to baking. These Mocktail Macaroon recipes were from the “Great British Bake Off-How To Bake” book and were number 8 of our challenges. We did not use food colouring by choice. Both recipes made 20 pairs.
For the Pina Colada Macaroons, whisk 3 egg whites to soft peaks. Slowly add half of 225g icing sugar and continue whisking until the mixture is very thick and glossy. Mix remaining sugar with 55g ground almonds and 45g desiccated coconut and fold into the egg whites. We sieved the sugar and almonds. Use a piping bag to pipe circles onto a baking tray.
This was the first batch and the mixture was a little thicker than it should have been. The instructions did not mention to tap the tray and I almost forgot. Leave the mixture for 20-30 minutes until a skin forms on the surface. Bake at 150 C/300 F for 14 to 18 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For the Margarita Macaroons, it is the same 3 egg whites and 225g sugar, but no coconut and 105g ground almonds. Don’t forget to tap the tray!
The pineapple filling needs 100g of drained pineapple chopped in a food processor and 75g sugar heated until the mixture is like a jam. Cool.
The lime filling needs the juice of 2 limes, 60g sugar, 2 tsp cornflour and 2 tbsp. of water heated until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens. Cool.
For the pineapple filling, whip 125ml whipping cream and fold in 4 tbsp. of the pineapple jam. Use to sandwich the macaroon halves together.
For the lime filling, whip 125ml of whipping cream and fold in the lime sauce. Add extra icing sugar to taste. You can add 1 tsp of chopped mint to make Mojito filling. Use to sandwich the macaroons together.
I found the pina colada macaroons very sweet and Becky found the margarita macaroons very tart. If you look at the fillings, the recipes call for more sugar in the pineapple cream than the lime cream, which seems odd. We gave a big batch to our neighbours (taste testers) and the children liked the pineapple while the mom preferred the lime.
We can’t believe we made these. They looked and tasted pretty good. Six months ago, we would not have attempted these. Look how far we have come in a short time. Our confidence grows with each bake. We have found a new flavour to try next time; Salted Caramel. Yum! We will make these again, but maybe in smaller amounts.