Contrary to common belief, Macarons are very easy to make.
These beautiful small round biscuits, which are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside are simply made with ground almonds, sugar and egg whites! Nothing more to it! The preparation varies from city to city and from manufacturer to another, but it is all the same in essence. Some prepare macarons from French Meringue, and some from Italian Meringue. Some Don’t even whip up the eggs to peaks, but instead, whip it lightly by hand, then incorporate into the dry ingredients… Whichever way you decide to go, you will always end up with the same texture macarons, and they will always be received with much admiration.
Macarons were usually flavoured with nuts, coffee, chocolate or fruits… nowadays, macarons are flavoured to almost anything you like. They come in every flavour and colour. It is preferable though to use powdered flavouring and colouring, liquids are not ideal for use with Macarons. Macarons are usually pairs of the macaron biscuit joint together by a chocolate Ganache or creamy filling at times even jam. Even the fillings have been used in varieties these days, and therefore no limit to what you can do, and how you can flavour your macarons. You can use flavour infused Ganaches, Custardy cream, whipped cream, buttercream, or any cream you fancy!
The classic presentation of Macarons is round. Originally different towns had different presentations. Amongst the famous French Macarons are the Montmorillon, which are shaped like cornets and sold on their baking paper. The Nancy Macarons remain the most famous though. As with everything, you can now shape macarons in a variety of shapes, including squares and hearts, which will assist you in theming when necessary. You can even, place a lolly stick in the middle of your macaron to make a Macaron Lolly. This is especially nice for baby showers, and for children’s parties. you can present them in a vase, or standing on a foam block. Macarons are so popular that they are used to brighten up any desserts buffet. Macarons can be used in cake decoration, and as a garnish for different desserts. They are also given at events, such as weddings as giveaways and party favours. Their small size and ability to be tinted in any shade, make them a favourite option for elegant edible favours.
Macaron Towers remain at the top of the list when talking about presentation. These towers are elegant, colourful, and very irresistible, they truly will liven up your buffet, and party scene. Now here is how you can make these delicious pretty biscuits..