National Macaroon Day
Not that you need an excuse to indulge in a delicious snack, but May 31st is National Macaroon Day. If you’ve ever considered making these sweet treats at home, here are a few things you’ll need to know.
You Say Macaron; I Say Macaroon…
… and there’s a very good reason for that. Macarons and macaroons, while both tasty, are two different confections with their own unique origins. They are each made with egg whites and sugar, but their bases are different; French pastry chefs created macarons with almond floor while the Italian macaroon uses coconut, though almond paste has become common substitute for macaroons made in the U.S. This difference doesn’t just affect the taste, but the consistency and texture once they’re baked. Depending on your personal preference, feel free to whip up a batch of either or both.
Now that you know what you’re making, remember that a delicate dessert often requires the utmost care when preparing:
- Precision when measuring ingredient is key so a food scale will be your best friend.
- Rotating your baking sheet or pans will help you achieve a consistent texture, especially if your oven tends to heat unevenly.
- Sweetened condensed milk is a suitable substitution for egg whites and sugar in many macaron/macaroon recipes.
- If you’re using almond flour, shoot for finely-milled as it will only require sifting if you don’t have a food processor.
For Any Occasion
The wide variety of fillings and colors make macaroons an ideal dessert or finger food for spring or summer gatherings. Dyeing cream fillings, frostings, or batter to match a garden party, graduation, wedding reception, or baby shower’s theme will score you extra points from your guests.
May We Also Suggest…
… our crunchy twist on the traditional macaroon. Pretzel Crisps® Macaroons can be filled with your favorite frosting, ganache, or chocolate hazelnut spread. Bake a batch for this upcoming National Macaroon Day or after… remember: you don’t need an excuse to enjoy tasty treats, but it’s always great when you have one!