Delicate French macaroons filled with vanilla buttercream and fresh raspberries.
Preheat the oven to 155'C.
Pass the almonds and icing sugar through a medium sieve to remove any lumps.
Whisk the egg whites with 150g of caster sugar. Whisk until you have a semi-stiff and glossy meringue.
Stir in one third of the dry ingredients. Once incorporated, repeat with the second third and then the final third. Add the food colouring and work the mixture with a spatula until it is smooth, shiny and a dropping consistency.
Fill a piping bag with the macaroon mix and pipe the macaroons onto a lined baking tray. Tap the tray on your work surface to smooth out the tops and remove any large air bubbles. Leave the macaroons to dry for 15 minutes at room temperature. They are ready to cook when the surface is touch-dry. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. The macaroons are cooked when the top is firm. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, lift the macaroons from the baking parchment and turn them over. Allow to cool thoroughly before filling.
Soften the butter. Split the vanilla pod in half and scrape out the seeds. Cream the butter with the icing sugar and the vanilla seeds. Slice the raspberries in half.
To serve: fill half of the macaroon shells with the buttercream, add half a raspberry and then top with a second macaroon shell.
«This recipe works well with lots of other fruits... strawberries, blackberries and more!»