Edd Kimber, Champion of BBC's Great British Bake Off, shares his expert knowledge for baking picture-perfect macaroons
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For best results, use water-based liquid food colouring and avoid any that are oil-based gels as they will change the texture of the macaroons. Most supermarket food colourings are water based, but check the ingredients before using to make sure. Once finished, the macaroons actually improve with an overnight rest in the fridge.
Blueberry & cream macaroons
Use 1 tsp violet food colouring instead of red to make the macaroons. For the filling, whip 100ml double cream to stiff peaks and spoon or pipe onto half the macaroon shells, top with a couple of blueberries and sandwich with a second macaroon shell.
Mint chocolate macaroons
Use 1 tsp green colouring instead of red to make the macaroons. For the filling, make a double amount and add 1 tsp peppermint extract when adding the cream. Pipe or spoon onto half the macaroon shells and sandwich with another shell.