What is a French Macaron?
A macaron is made by combining icing sugar and ground almonds, incorporating beaten egg whites, choice of colour and then piped into small round discs and baked. These baked discs are then sandwiched together and filled with ganache, buttercream, jam or a combination of fillings.
Are these the same as a macaroon?
NOPE! A macaroon is made with shredded coconut and egg mixture that is baked into a soft cookie, typically topped with a glace cherry.
Why are they so expensive?
This is due to the cost of the raw ingredients plus the time and expertise involved in making them. Almond flour and egg whites are the two main ingredients – in relation to other flours, almond flour is several times more expensive. There is a delicate balance to getting the right consistency and bake on a macaron and are typically be made by hand.
- Black Cherry
- Salted Caramel
- Buttercream – various flavours
- Jam – various flavours
- Curds – lemon, passionfruit, blackcurrant
- Ganache – dark, milk, white & ruby Chocolate