Trends: What’s the deal with French macarons?

December 16, 2009 · 2 comments

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For some reason, this little and light cookie is starting to appear in all places. These colourful delights are very appealing and everyone who seems to try them, love them. The star for all macarons (pronounced macar-own-s, not macar-on-s…similar to saying macaroni without the “i” at the end…it’s French) is the filling. From chocolate to sweet raspberry, vanilla to pistachio, and coffee to lemon, the filling makes these little treats what they are.

As simple as they look, mastering the techniques to make the perfect one is no easy feat even though there are only 3 main ingredients: finely ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar. The colours come from food colouring, and sometimes a pinch of salt is used. While some believe that these cookies are stuffed, they are not. It’s put together by a “sandwich” style even though it’s not really a sandwich.

So go ahead, try these out for yourselves. Here isa recipe form Epicuous: Espresso Blackberry Macarons.

Warning: As easy as it may seem to make, they are not. But even though they may not turn out the way you want them to as far as looks go, that doesn’t mean they won’t be delicious.

Update: Big Mac French Macaron, courtesy of Eat Me Daily

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PIERRE December 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Hello Montreal,
We have too many macarons in france right now it is so trendy that every blog has one Free us from Macarons !!!
This is Pierre from Paris in France
Cheers
Pierre

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S Lloyd December 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I just did a recent evaluation of macarons in Montreal
For those that this may come helpful:
http://tinyurl.com/24jc9r2

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