Macarons are the bomb! Every dessert or pastry buff probably agrees. The taste and smell of French Macarons look like a scene fresh from the movies. It also reminds me of the iconic Eiffel Tower and some of the best Parisian coffee shops in the city. Ah, dreamy. Well, in fact, Macarons are one of the most intricate yet fulfilling pastries to make. Getting the correct measurement of your ingredients and execution of your recipe are also critical to its success. Macarons, a sweet meringue-based cookie made from almond flour, icing sugar, egg whites plus a creamy filling. They are light, soft, and chewy treat all rolled into one. Also, you know you achieved the perfect Macarons through those healthy shells, no hollows, and cracks and some good feet to match. Yum! Here are some interesting facts about Macarons that you shouldn’t miss.
Facts about Macarons: The first ever Macarons originated in Italy.
As opposed to what most people believe, Macarons started in Italy in 1953 and not in France. Italian pastry chefs introduced the early Macarons as a single cookie to Queen Catherine De Medici thus, the birth of the original macaron that we love today.
The original Macarons didn’t come with any filling.
It 20th century, Pierre Desfontaines decided to fill or sandwich two-Macaron-cookies with a creamy ganache. Later on, different versions and flavors also came into play.
Facts about Macarons: You can get free Macarons in New York City.
In as much as we need to be mindful about our calorie intake, indulging in one Macaron or two especially if it’s for free sounds cool to me. Dubbed as a Macaron Day, you can get free Macarons on the 20th of March in NYC.
Many Parisian shops sell thousands of French Macarons every day.
French macarons as they are available in several patisseries and coffee shops around the city. In fact, a certain Parisian shop named, Ladurée sells thousands of Macarons per day thus, making them the number 1 most popular and best-selling pastry in Paris.
Facts about Macarons: Macaron, Macaroon, and Macaroni are more related than you think.
According to Stanford professor of linguistics and computer science Justin Jurafsky, all three shared the same history which (I guess) explains why they sound alike too. Macaroni (pasta) which is Maccheroni in Italian, while Macaroon, an American pastry cookie with coconut shreds popular in the US plus the French Macarons that everybody loves.
But before you do, make sure you have your pastry tools ready first like the following:
In as much as we love baking and making pastries, sifting flour could be challenging and time-consuming. But thanks to this Automatic Flour Sifter Powder Shaker which is not only durable but easy to clean and use as well. What a lifesaver indeed as you can save both your energy and time spent in making the best Macarons. Definitely a must-buy!
Play with colors and achieve the perfect looking pastel Macarons with this Food Coloring Edible Baking Pigment. This item is safe and edible to add to your pastries and cakes. It also comes in 13 different colors to make your dessert bunch more playful and enticing for the kids.
Prepare for a tricky recipe with this ‘smart buy,’ the Silicone Macaron Mat & Squeeze Nozzle Tool Macaron Baking Sheet. They are easy to use and very functional too. Achieve perfect and uniform Macaron sizes by filling the 48- hole baking sheet plus a handy Silicone Nozzle to match.
Making Macarons is a challenging feat but the right tools, facts, and tips surely make the experience more fun and the result great!