I admit it! I have never eaten a macaron.
It pains me to say that I did not even know what it was until Megan Pence posted her yummy Lemon and Lavender Macaron Recipe on BeBetsy.
I know! It’s mortifying and I should probably go bury my head in coconut as a punishment. Speaking of coconut….please do not embarass yourself by confusing them with a macaroon.
Honestly, three days ago I knew nothing about this cookie but today I have been enlightened!
There was a macaron discussion on a radio program this afternoon and our local paper ran a full page story with a huge picture of these colorful little gems and then a biplane was smoke-writing m-a-c-a-r-o-n across the desert sky….ok, I made up this last part but the point is they are everywhere!
So here is what I have learned:
A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. It is two cookies most often filled with buttercream (yum!) or jam filling (even better)! Or maybe both?
The name is derived from the Italian word maccarone or maccherone although they are predominantly a French confection.
They were traditionally raspberry and chocolate flavored but now come in a variety of new flavors like Megan’s lemon and lavender.
I don’t claim to know much today but I’m going to work diligently on perfecting my macaron baking skills followed by my macaron eating skills.
Please share your own macaron story.