All the amazing flavours of gingerbread in one, little macaroon! I can't tell you how good these are.. light, crisp and chewy, gingerbread flavoured shell with the most delicious plum and chocolate filling- a must bake this winter!
For the macaroons:
- 75g of ground almonds
- 115g icing sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 50g caster sugar
- 1tsp mixed spice
For the filling:
- 50g dark chocolate
- 4-5tbsp plum marmalade
- 1tsp mixed spice for sprinkling
Place ground almonds, mixed spice and icing sugar in a food processor and process for few seconds. Sift into a bowl. You can skip this step, if you don't have a food processor, however your macaroons will not be as smooth in texture.
Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks, then whisk in caster sugar to make a meringue.
Fold in the almond mixture (i always do it three times, adding third of the mixture at a time). Fold the mixture until shiny and thick.
Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe 32 small rounds. Tap the baking sheet onto a work surface to get rid of any air bubbles.
Leave the macaroons in the room temperature for about 30min to let the macaroons form a 'skin'.
Bake in the pre-heated oven at 160 C for 10-15 mins, then leave to cool.
Sandwich macaroons with the filling and sprinkle with mixed spice.