These delicate French almond delights are simple and yet sophisticated. Try this easy recipe for beautiful vanilla-flavoured macaroons.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15–20 minutes

Makes 24 macaroons

Ingredients

  • 250g ground almonds
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • rice paper
  • 2 tablespoons split almonds

Recipe method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Combine the ground almonds, caster sugar and cornflour in a mixing bowl and mix well. Add the egg whites and vanilla extract and beat well to make a fairly stiff mixture.

3. Line 2 baking trays with rice paper and put teaspoons of the mixture, in round blobs, on the paper, spacing them well apart. Alternatively, put the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large, plain nozzle and pipe onto the paper. Lightly press a split almond into the centre of each macaroon.

4. Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the trays.

5. When cold, remove the macaroons from the trays and tear away the excess rice paper from each biscuit. (The rice paper is edible.) Store in an airtight container.

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