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A dainty sweet treat that you can make dozens of and share with your friends. Beautiful French patisserie, made easier by using the SORTED method... skip the tricky boiling sugar stage but still bake light Macarons of all sorts of colours.
separate the egg whites from the yolks and in a clean, dry bowl whisk the whites until thick and glossy.
add the castor sugar and whisk again until stiff.
sieve the almonds and icing sugar into the bowl and carefully fold in, retaining as much air as possible.
divide the mixture between three bowls and add the colouring and flavourings to each:-
- raspberry flavour & pink food colouring
- lemon flavour & yellow food coluring
- vanilla flavour & blue food colouring.
put each one into a separate piping bag.
line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicon mat and pipe small circles (3cm across) onto the tray, leaving a small gap between each macaron.
put the tray to one side to rest for 15 minutes to allow a slight skin to form.
preheat the oven to 160°C.
pick the tray up and drop it onto a flat surface from a small height… this forms the ‘feet’ that is associated with macarons.
bake for 15 minutes, then remove and allow to chill at room temperature until completely cold.
sandwich the macarons with a filling of choice… raspberry jam (pink), lemon curd (yellow) & nutella (bue).
serve and eat within 48 hours when at their freshest.
Makes 48 bite-sized macarons