So this year was the year of these little French pastries. they were featured everywhere from magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and even on day time tv shows like FABLife and TheChew, but what are they called?? Macarons or Macaroons??? The debate can end now!
“A macaron specifically refers to a meringue-based cookie made with almond flour, egg whites, and granulated and powdered sugar, then filled with buttercream, ganache or fruit curd. The delicate treat has a crunchy exterior and a weightless interior with a soft ending that’s almost nougatlike in its chewiness. To add to the confusion, it’s often called a French macaroon.
In contrast, the word macaroon is a generic phrase that is applied to a number of small, sweet confections. Mostly, the term is equated with the moist and dense coconut macaroon, which is composed of egg whites, sugar, and dried coconut, often piped with a star-shaped tip, and sometimes dipped in chocolate. The coconut macaroon, or congolais, as it’s known in France, is frequently served during Passover because it contains no flour.”
There you have it!! These little colorful pastries of delight are called Macarons. How do you make them?? Well, that’s another story, but I hear traditional recipes are very particular and for the more experienced baker. What have you been calling them? What kind are your fav? I’m obessed with pistachio Macarons from Laduree.
See Ya Soon!
Amanda Foresee xoxoxo
This post is not sponsored I just love pretty looking pastries that taste good too.