Delicate French patisseries filled with a lime, vanilla and gin cream.
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.
Zest both of the limes and squeeze the juice from one.
Mix together the egg yolks, caster sugar and the cornflour.
Place the milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the milk to the egg yolk mixture a little at a time. Return the mixture to the pan and whisk over a medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, gently bringing it back to the boil. Remove from the heat and add the gin, vanilla essence, lime zest and juice. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow to cool.
Fill half of the macaroon shell with lime and gin cream and top with a second macaroon shell to finish.
«Feel free to use vodka instead of gin, or simply omit the alcohol for a tee total version!»