One of the sweets or dessert items that I have been craving but have rarely had a chance to get my hands on is macaroons. For years I have had a glimpse here or there and got pale imitations but never got the real deal. It was something I watched on Youtube videos, seeing chefs and cooking enthusiasts make them in the studios or in the kitchen. Well, now I have a few options – I only just checked – to buy some and can get them easily delivered to me.
A macaroon, or macaron in French, is a small cake or biscuit, typically made from ground almonds (the original main ingredient), coconut or other nuts, with sugar and sometimes flavourings (e.g. honey, vanilla, spices), food colouring, glacé cherries, jam or a chocolate coating; or a combination of these or other ingredients. Some recipes use sweetened condensed milk. Macaroons are sometimes baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray. Since the 19th century, a typical Parisian-style macaron is presented with a ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two such cookies, akin to a sandwich cookie. The confection is characterized by a smooth squared top, a ruffled circumference and a flat base. It is mildly moist and easily melts in the mouth. Macarons can be found in a wide variety of flavours that range from traditional (raspberry, chocolate) to unusual (foie gras, matcha).
I bought a couple today, just a couple mind you, which were in the pista flavour and oh boy they were delightful. Crisp and so light and brittle and yet so delicious. The inside filling was delectable and I am still licking my lips at the thought of them. I will try to find a bigger pack that I can get to curb my cravings and everytime I am itching for a macroon or macron fix I can order the pack online.