Le macaron – French merringue-based confection made with egg whites, confectioner’s sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder/ground almond, and food colouring. Often confused with the macaroon.
Please! I beg you! Do not call a macaron a macaroon!
I realize it’s trivial, but hearing people use the word macaroon when talking about macarons really is a pet peeve of mine. It’s almost as bad as “I seen it” instead of “I saw it”.
My obsession with macarons has been passed down to my daughter. When we were at the Marriott Manila, the only thing she asked for was a little container of macarons. Yes, my then three year old daughter sat at a table, sampling a macaron or two as we waited to head to the airport to catch our flight back to Canada.
While visiting New York City, Little One and I were in heaven when we happened to pass by LADURÉE! I know it sounds silly, but that was one of my favourite moments. Being able to share the love and appreciation of Ladurée macarons in New York City with my daughter was a special experience.
Whenever I’m in Toronto, I try to make sure I fit in a visit to patisserie NADÈGE.
I always say the best wedding favours are macarons! There’s just something so beautiful and so classy about macarons. My cousin and his bride gave each guest macarons at their wedding. Very elegant.
Why the Macaron Obsession?
If you’ve ever attempted to make your own macarons, you’ll know that there is a great level of skill involved. I have a deep respect for who have perfected the art of making macarons. The almond meringue is so delicate and easy to ruin for those who are not seasoned macaron makers.
I love the look of the macaron. Macarons are so visually appealing. When you have a variety of macarons, it’s a feast for the eyes. Macarons come in so many different flavour combinations and colours. To make perfect macarons, you need to be a true artist. My little one says “a true wizard” because it takes a while to perfect the technique of making them.
It’s the actual meringue part that can be tricky (at least for me). Making a good buttercream, ganache or jam for the filling isn’t the hard part.
Apart from admiring the technique and artistry involved, another thing I find so appealing about the macaron is that they’re so whimsical. Imagine having a tea party with tea in delicate tea cups and these dainty confections to pair with your tea? So pretty!
I’m just a little excited. Two years ago, I attempted making macarons at home. It was a disaster. The macarons fell apart, didn’t turn out, and it was just a mess. I have to admit, I was in tears. However, being
stubborn bull-headed head-strong tenacious, I love a good challenge. I still don’t have the macaron-making technique perfected, but these turned out better than my previous attempts.
I followed this basic French macaron recipe to make the above macarons.
Darlene Schuller says
I look at these my mouth just waters.. glad I pinned this and forgot I had.. might have to whip some up for Christmas!
Wanda Tracey says
You did a fabulous job of these! They look amazing and I have to try some macarons now.Thanks so much for the recipe for them.
Thank you, Wanda!
Brenda Haines says
I still can’t believe that I haven’t had one yet! A chef friend needs to mail me some lol.
Haha! Yes!! You’ve got to try some soon! 🙂
ivy pluchinsky says
Gotta say I have never tried a macaron before! I’m not even sure we have a macaron shop here….
Whenever I’m in a city where there are macaron shops, I NEED to buy some! LOL! Making them is great. Having someone else make them for you is even better! 😉
Debbie Bashford says
I have tried them on 2 different occasions and it was like eating something that was very stale and too sweet.. Hopefully some day I will have a good one, unless that is the way they are supposed to be ?
Ohhh…That’s not good 🙁 I’ve had that experience in the past. I got macarons from a grocery store a few years ago. They weren’t good. LOL!
donna dufresne says
I have never tried a maroon BUT always wanted too now I can finally make my own thank you for sharinng added to my favorites
Maggie Lee says
Thanks for the link share to make macaron! we brought a donzen yesterday as dessert!
These are so well done! I’ve made them a few times my favourite combination being an Almond cookie base with a mocha buttercream.
kathy downey says
I have never tried them personally but they sure look delicious.
Kathy, when/if you try them, let me know what you think! They’re soooo good!
Darlene Schuller says
mmmm girl you did a beautiful job these look fabulous!! I had to pin this for future reference !! Thanks soo very much for sharing it with us, I truly appreciate it as will my tummy!
Darlene!!! These two were the prettiest of the bunch! LOL! The others weren’t so pretty.
kristen visser says
omg seriously those look absolutely amazing!!! Great job!!! I have been seeing these popping up now, kind of like the new baking trend 🙂 I actually haven’t even tried one before but they look sooooo delicious i need to give these a try for myself!!!
Thank you so much! Let me know if you try them!!
Love your macarons!! I will definitely try to make them some day when I have the time. (Maybe March break?) I have never been to Nadege, so will try it out on your recommendation. I’m sure I’ll swoon!
Thanks for the shout-out… so kind of you. 🙂
Lisa, next time I’m in Toronto, let’s have a Nadege date!!
You are two things. Incredible and crazy, my friend! Incredible for taking on challenges like making these and crazy for doing it. Will you keep making them or just buy them?
Not incredible, but definitely crazy! 😉 lol
Oh, I think I will keep buying them! I’ll leave it to the experts! Why mess with perfection? LOL!
Judy Cowan says
Can you believe I haven’t tried one yet? I do have the baking mat to make them but haven’t got brave enough yet to do it. I really need to give it a go!
Oh, Judy! Get thee to your closest macaron shop! Let me know what you think!! P.S. I’ve seen macarons at a few Loblaws stores if you want to just get them at a grocery store..