The basic batter and the fillings for these delectable little desserts can be varied endlessly simply by adding different flavorings and colorings; for starters, there’s chocolate, coconut, peanut, pistachio, raspberry, and vanilla bean. ~ Martha Stewart
You are probably asking yourself, what is all the hype about? What are macaroons? Why macarons’ are so popular? Where did they originate from? And so on ….
I will try to answer all these questions with my quick facts on French macaroons.
What is a macaron? What is it known for?
Maracon a small cookie composed chiefly of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds is a type of light, baked confection, described as either small cakes or meringue like cookies depending on their consistency.
– Definition from dictionary.com
Maracon’s are historically known for its soft, melting texture – a bit like a meringue
Where did it come from?
Read the excerpt below written by MadMac – it’s very interesting
‘The Macaron cookie was born in Italy, introduced by the chef of Catherine de Medicis in 1533 at the time of her marriage to the Duc d’Orleans who became king of France in 1547 as Henry II. The term “macaron” has the same origin as that the word “macaroni” — both mean “fine dough”.
The first Macarons were simple cookies, made of almond powder, sugar and egg whites. Many towns throughout France have their own prized tale surrounding this delicacy. In Nancy, the granddaughter of Catherine de Medici was supposedly saved from starvation by eating Macarons. In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the macaron of Chef Adam regaled Louis XIV and Marie-Therese at their wedding celebration in 1660.
Only at the beginning of the 20th century did the Macaron become a “double-decker” affair. Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis Ernest Laduree (Laduree pastry and salon de the, rue Royale in Paris) had the idea to fill them with a “chocolate panache” and to stick them together.
Since then, French Macaron cookies have been nationally acclaimed in France and remain the best-selling cookie in pastry retail stores.
Why macaron’s are so popular?
Goodbye cupcakes, hello macaroons – macarons in French. Cupcakes had been the ‘it’ sweet treat for a good 5 or so years thanks to their debut on Sex and the City, but a new ‘it’ treat has taken over, after its debut in Gossip Girl – the delightful sweet treat – macarons. But the French sandwich cookie has graced the windows of French patisseries for centuries and am glad it has caught on here…for many years to come I hope.
Macaron’s have found themselves perched on top of wedding cakes, engagement cakes, high tea, low tea (yes there is such a thing – another post to come), showcasing at the best restaurants and cafe’s … they are very easy to make check out the recipe I use here
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