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Valentine's Day Macarons to Tempt Your Sweetheart

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  • Valentine's Day Macarons to Tempt Your Sweetheart

    Make your sweetheart swoon this Valentine's Day with our indulgent, lip-smacking recipe for Strawberry and White Chocolate Macarons - just perfect with a glass of Red Label Pink Moscato to tempt your sweetheart, or maybe just to treat yourself!

    Strawberry and White Chocolate Macarons with Red Label Pink Moscato

    Makes: 36
    Preparation time: 30 minutes + drying and cooling time
    Cooking time: 15 minutes

    110g almond meal
    130g pure icing sugar
    105g (approx. 2) egg whites, left to “age” at room temperature overnight
    65g caster sugar
    1 tablespoon fresh strawberry puree, strained of seeds
    2-3 drops pink food colouring
    Combine almond meal and icing sugar in a food processor until finely ground, then sift three times. Set aside.
    Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Add caster sugar one spoonful at a time, whisking between additions, until the mixture is thick and glossy.
    Add strawberry puree and food colouring then gently fold the almond mixture into the meringue in batches until everything is fully incorporated, taking care not to over-fold.
    Using a plain piping bag with a 1cm nozzle, pipe even 3 cm rounds onto oven trays lined with a double layer of baking paper. Leave to dry at room temperature for 1 to 4 hours until a slight crust forms.
    Bake at 140°C for about 10 to 12 minutes until firm but not browned.
    Cool completely at room temperature before filling.
    White Chocolate and Strawberry Ganache Filling

    50ml heavy cream 100g white chocolate
    50g fresh strawberries, crushed
    Heat the cream to just below boiling point. Remove from the heat. Break the white chocolate into pieces and add to the cream. Allow to melt in and stir until smooth and glossy. Cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours or more, then swirl through the crushed strawberries. Sandwich between two macarons and refrigerate until set.

    Serve to your sweetheart with a glass of Wolf Blass Red Label Pink Moscato for a blissful Valentine’s Day treat.