Macarons, the iconic pillowy French dessert, are now enjoyed all over the world. Despite the French taking credit for this treat, it actually originated in Italy. During the Renaissance, the Italian chef of queen Catherine de Medici brought the dessert over to France. It soon exploded in popularity, and pastry chefs throughout the country began to make them.
The light and airy macaron had humble beginnings, being produced in Venetian monasteries since the 8th century. Back then, people called them ‘priest’s bellybuttons’ due to the pastry’s shape. They also had straightforward ingredients in the Renaissance era, made with just almonds, egg white, and sugar.
However, the modern macaron we know today came about much later in the 1800s. The recipe that calls for a creamy filling sandwiched between two meringue cookies originated in the French capital. Today, it’s the most popular dessert in the country, with the eclair coming in second.
We actually celebrate National Macaron Day every year on May 31, and there are many festivities throughout the United States. Check your local news to find a celebration near you. They also serve free macarons at select locations in New York City on March 20th every springtime!
Nowadays, you can find macarons in many places throughout the world, with exciting new flavors, and variations. Some chefs have even started making savory macarons like basil mint and Thai curry!
In this recipe for macarons, though, we will keep it pretty simple for the first-timers. Surprisingly, macarons aren’t too difficult to make; everyone from the seasoned baker to the beginner can follow along! We hope you love them!
Treat your loved ones (or just yourself) to these delicious homemade macarons
Try your hand at making these delicious treats.
What you’ll need:
Two large mixing bowls
Piping bag with a rounded tip
1 cup almond flour
4 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar