May 31st is National Macaron/Macaroon Day!
Macaron “is a sweet meringue-based confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. Its name is derived from the Italian word maccarone or maccherone.” Source
A macaroon “is a type of light, baked confection, described as either small cakes or meringue-like cookies depending on their consistency. The original macaroon was a “small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds” similar to Italian amaretti. In North America, the coconut macaroon is the better known variety.” Source
I decided to try my hand at making macarons! I have never had one, so I wasn’t going to wing it and try to create my own recipe. I turned to a reliable source and used David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Macaron recipe. The recipe comes together easily, and while my piping wasn’t the neatest (not all the same size and I didn’t tap down the little peaks), I was still happy with the results. I will make these again, as I think I should have gotten better “feet”, but as a first attempt, these have a great flavor and texture. They are a nice departure from what I normally bake!
Oh, and for the filling? I just used strawberry preserves!
If you are interested in making macarons, go to the link above (for David’s recipe). His recipes are always fabulous and delicious!