Macarons are a classic French treat that is perfect for any occasion. They are often almond-flavored and can be found in a variety of colors. Though they may look complicated, with a little practice anyone can master the art of making macarons.
Where did they come from?
While macarons are traditionally associated with France, it is believed that they actually originated in Italy. One theory is that they were brought to Europe by Crusaders during the Middle Ages. Today, macaroons are a staple of French cuisine and can be found in bakeries all over the world. They continue to be a popular choice for both special occasions and everyday snacking.
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How to make your own macarons at home
The key to success is in the right baking surface. With silicone baking mats, anyone can achieve professional results. Unlike metal or glass baking sheets, a silicone one ensures even heat distribution, resulting in perfectly cooked food every time. In addition, the material is non-stick, so there is no need to use extra butter or oil when cooking. This not only saves calories but also makes cleanup a breeze. Finally, a silicone mat is flexible, so it can be easily rolled up and stored in a small space.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 3 egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- food coloring (optional)
- filling of your choice (buttercream, ganache, etc.)
- To make the shells, start by sifting together almond flour and powdered sugar into a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
- Gradually add sugar until the mixture is glossy and stiff.
- Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg white mixture until combined.
- Then, transfer the batter to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
- Simply place a silicone macaron mat on a baking sheet and pipe the batter into each of the circles. The mat ensures that each macaroon is the same size and shape, and it also eliminates the need for parchment paper or other non-stick surfaces.
- Let them sit for 30 minutes to an hour to form a skin.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the macarons for 10-12 minutes. As the macaroons bake, they will form a lightly golden crust on the outside while remaining soft and chewy on the inside.
- Let them cool completely on the pans before removing them carefully with a spatula.
- Once cooled, fill them with your favorite buttercream or ganache – either way, they are sure to be a hit!
Is it a macaroon or macaron?
For many people, the terms “macaroon” and “macaron” are interchangeable. However, these two sweet treats are actually quite different. A macaroon is a small, dense cookie made from shredded coconut. Macaroons are typically round in shape and often have a chewy texture. They can be enjoyed on their own or used as an ingredient in other desserts. Macarons, on the other hand, are delicate French cookies made from ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar. They are often filled with flavored buttercream or ganache and come in a variety of colors and sizes. While both macaroons and macarons are delicious, they are distinctly different cookies.
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