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Sunday, October 27, 2013

MACARONS VS. MACAROONS

Yes, folks, there is a difference.

Macarons (pronounced: ma-ca-rones) are not the same cookie as macaroons (pronounced: ma-ca-roons.)

Macaroons have been a part of American cookie cookery for decades. They are made by folding shredded coconut into a base of egg whites and sugar whipped until very stiff.  The batter is then dropped onto a baking sheet by spoonsful and baked into a little haystack.  They may be dipped in chocolate once baked.

Macarons come to us from fine French patisseries.  It starts off the same way as macaroons with egg whites and sugar whipped until stiff. But then a combination of powdered sugar and almond flour (or finely ground almonds) is folded into it.  The resulting batter is then piped into exact circles and the tops of half of them gently smoothed with a finger dipped in water.  Once baked, the tops and bottoms are combined in a sandwich with a flavored buttercream inside.  By the way, the cookies are even more elegant if the dough is colored with food coloring to match the flavor of buttercream . . yellow for lemon, green for mint, etc.  SWMBO found that chilling the sandwich cookies helped to set up the buttercream a bit.

This was her first attempt and they're not perfect by French standards but they're pretty darned good and she learned a few things about making them.


They're a little crunchy, a little chewy and a lot delicious!

13 comments:

Steve said...

They sure look tasty. I can almost smell them.

Lowandslow said...

I can't seem to comprehend the difference between the two. Maybe if SWMBO baked me a batch of both and sent them to me I might be better able to follow your explaination. And if not, we'll just have to repeat it until I get it right. ;)

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Tom said...

Shouldn't worry if they're not perfect by French standards, or anyone's standards. The main experience is in the eating, and they certainly look good to eat. My congratulations to the Lady Swmbo.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Scott, I can understand your difficulty. I still have years of research to do myself but I'll keep you posted on what I learn.

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Graciously accepted. And high praise, indeed, coming direct from the Motherland!

The Bug said...

I had wondered about that - I've seen the sandwich cookies & thought they were called macaroons too & I was so confused because they're not! Boy they look yummy!

Stephen Hayes said...

They look delicious whatever you call them.

Jim Cahill said...

Send me a dozen or so!!!

Tom Cochrun said...

Somehow I have missed this delight. Maybe you can send us a box of them.

Cupcake Murphy said...

Impressive!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Sure, Jim. Just keep watching the mail. (heh-heh)

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

At the (recently opened) French Grocery in Phoenix, these puppies sell for $1.75 each!

Bruce Taylor, a.k.a. Catalyst said...

Why thank you!

Oh, you mean the cookies.