Delicate, melting, airy macarons can be likened to the masterpieces of culinary art. As soon as they are not called in Russia – macaroni, macaroons, macaroni. Small round cakes with a crispy crust and a soft core definitely deserve attention, because they managed to catch the fancy of millions of people around the world.
Why are macarons so popular?
Macaroni – confectionery product of French origin. It consists of two cookies, connected by jam or cream. This dessert has an incredible flavor variety. Macarons are:
almond, coffee, chocolate, crimson, strawberry, pistachio, lemon, vanilla and others.
Cookies are prepared according to a rather complicated recipe and require a certain skill. The main ingredients are egg whites, ground almonds, powdered sugar and natural food colors, thanks to which macarons resemble a real rainbow. Yellow, pink, purple, green, red – they can be a variety of delicious shades. Special attention is given to packaging for pasta, which in its beauty is not inferior to the world famous dessert.
Where did the macarons come from
We know that these dessert cookies are very tasty, but where are they from? Despite the fact that they came to us from France, there are many legends associated with the history of the origin of macarons.
These delicious sweets could be cooked for the first time back in 791 in a monastery located in the city of Nancy in the Lorraine region in northeastern France. The recipe is allegedly preserved in old cookbooks. The Carmelite sisters made cakes, referring to Teresa of Avila (a Catholic saint )’s instruction, which stated that almonds were useful to girls who did not eat meat. The nuns Marie-Elizabeth and Margarita came up with a new kind of sweets to circumvent the dietary restrictions adopted in the monastery.
Then the Carmelites started baking cookies for sale – then the macaroons became incredibly popular. Today in Nancy there is a street named after the nuns, as well as the cafe Maison des Soeurs Macarons. Its owners consider themselves the true bearers of the original recipe used by dessert makers.
According to another version, a delicacy appeared in the Renaissance in Venice. After some time, cakes were widely spread in France thanks to Catherine de Medici, who brought an Italian pastry chef to her wedding with Henry II. From this point on, dessert became an integral part of local cuisine and began to gain rapid popularity in Europe.
Serving cookies on the table turned into a real ceremony. At social events, servants carried a tray with macaroons on porcelain saucers. The ladies of the court took cakes and drank them with chocolate and liquor. The dessert caused such delight that even Marie-Antoinette called her cat after these sweets.
By the way, initially the macarons looked quite different from today. They were a homogeneous almond mass of a rounded shape. Cookies were coated with jam and sprinkled with spices. Dessert acquired its usual form at the beginning of the 2
0th century in France. This event is associated with the name of Louis-Ernest Lyadyure – a famous writer, a fighter against intolerance and religious dogma, a supporter of progressive social reforms. Pierre Defontaine, grandson of Ljadure and the owner of the famous confectionary house Ladurée, decided to combine chocolate cream with his favorite French macaroni and divided the cake into two parts. It was a real boom in cooking! Confectioners began to add layers of fruit and berry creams to the cookies, experimenting with fillings, additives and flavors.
Defontaine opened a candy store for women. At that time, the entrance to ordinary cafes was closed for them. The confectionery shop immediately became successful – the ladies met with joy, had a meeting, and could at least distract themselves from the home routine for a while.
Macarons in our time
One can argue endlessly in what country these incredibly tasty cakes actually appeared. However, it can be said with absolute certainty that it was in France that they gained real popularity.
It is here that you will find a large number of cake houses, see this cult and join it. In France, they continue to create their masterpieces of the house of Pierre Hermet and the family of Ladeure. Macaroons is not only one of the brightest pages of history, but also a fashionable trend of modern cooking. Tasty pastries are written by famous artists, filmed by the best directors and photographers. Macarons inspire fashion designers to create creative clothing collections.