Yes, it's true! Macaroons are here to take over cute cupcakes as the latest gifting trend and dessert centrepiece, and about time too! I had my first bite of macaroons when my ex-boss brought some back from Laduree, Paris. I personally prefer less sweet desserts but the colours were just so attractive!
What is this "Macaroon" you say? Well, according to Wikipedia, it's a type of light, baked confection, described as either small cakes or meringue-like cookies depending on their consistency. The original macaroon was a "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds" similar to Italian or Moroccan amaretti.
The English word macaroon and French macaron come from the Italian maccarone or maccherone. This word is itself derived from ammaccare, meaning crush or beat used here in reference to the almond paste which is the principal ingredient.
Most recipes call for egg whites (usually whipped to stiff peaks), with ground or powdered nuts, generally almonds. Alternatively, coconuts can be used. Almost all call for sugar. Macaroons are commonly baked on edible rice paper placed on a baking tray.
Where can you have a taste of macaroons in Malaysia? Here are some places or bakers you can try:
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