Tuesday, May 15, 2012
She is pretty, cheerful and sweet; she is the princess among all desserts. However, she is beyond challenge to master. Who this "she" I am talking about?! No others, but the prettiest dessert on earth - Parisian Macarons she is!
A macaron (French pronunciation: [makaˈʁɔ̃]) 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. The confectionery is characterised by its smooth, domed top, ruffled circumference (referred to as the "foot"), and flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth.
Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavors that range from the traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to the new (marmite, green matcha tea). The fillings can range from jams to ganache to butter. Since the English word macaroon can also refer to the coconut macaroon, many have adopted the French spelling of macaron to distinguish the two items in the English language. However, this has caused confusion over the correct spelling. Some recipes exclude the use of macaroon to refer to this French confection while others think that they are synonymous.
(Picture and information from Google Image and Wikipedia)
I tried to make this pretty lady couple times. First time, I got few good looking one out of two batches. Decided to try again after a few weeks and was wishing to get this time right. FAILED! Based on two failure attempts, I concluded measurements and reliable recipe are extremely important to make this pretty dessert. I am not ready to have my third attempt yet until I got fully recovered from my failtures (if you have a great recipe, please DO share with me=)).
Even though I am not yet successfully to master this desert, but I could easily "own" one. I found these very cute macaron coin purse from Site NYC. They come with different colors in a decorative cigaratte lavendar colored container or you could choose your favorite color(s) and purchase them individually. According to their website, they will make a "the perfect gift for your friend who stood an hour in line at Ladurée." (AGREE!)
If you want to try your crafty hands to make some macaron coin purse for yourself and someone you love, Joannie L from Craft Passion was nice enough to share a turtoraial post (with step by step pictures), click here to find out more.